Research Assistant

Brown University

Job Description:

Research Assistant (RA) activities include collection, organization, scoring and entering of data collected from research participants, with a particular (but not exclusive) focus on clinical trials of novel pharmacotherapies for adolescents and adults with problematic alcohol and other substance use. In addition, RA activities can include completing library research. The RA is expected to work with individuals participating in addictions-related research to be assessed during laboratory research protocols and in real-world settings using experience sampling methods, as well as with significant others (e.g., spouses, partners, parents or close friends) of research participants.

Job Qualifications 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 1 to 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous research experience through academic training or previous work experience required.
  • Ability to work independently is required
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills required
  • Flexibility in work schedule is required, including some evening and possibly weekend hours
  • The RA must provide his or her own transportation to research sites.
  • Must be flexible with time to facilitate recruitment and maximize retaining of study participants
  • Experience working in a clinical setting or with a clinical population preferred (i.e., psychiatric hospital, emergency department, youth, etc.).
  • Experience working on a clinical trial is strongly preferred
  • Coursework in research design and experience with research is preferred
  • Experience in programming online surveys (e.g., Qualtrics software) is preferred
  • Experience managing databases is preferred
  • Coursework in addiction, substance abuse and/or psychopharmacology is preferred
  • Clinical experience in screening potential research participants preferred
  • Experience with managing biological samples (urine rapid tests, blood samples) desired
  • Some IRB and FDA experience preferred
  • Experience with phlebotomy (i.e., collecting blood samples) or willingness to complete phlebotomy training is preferred (but not required)

Job Competencies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize effort to meet project goals
  • Openness to and interest in learning new skills
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community

This is an in person position.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of July 31, 2026 which may be extended based upon available funding.

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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies

Grade 8

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Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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