Research Assistant

Brown University

Job Description:

This Research Assistant (RA) position will work on an adolescent and young adult research study within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. The RA’s primary responsibility will be data collection via the administration of in-person (or virtual) follow-up assessments. Other responsibilities include participant screening, participant recruitment, data checking, and performing administrative tasks as required by the protocols of the research studies. The RA’s roles will also include completing literature reviews, contributing to on-going research reports and presentations, and other research tasks assigned by study personal. The RA is expected to work with parents and youth, as well as with other study personnel and collaborators as needed to advance the scientific aims and project related goals of the studies.

This is a fixed term position with a current end date of 1/31/2026 which may be extended based upon available funding.

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience Required:
• BA or BS in psychology or related field with 1-2 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Proficiency with computer applications (e.g., Microsoft Office).

• Previous experience with human subject research.
• Knowledge of experimental research methodology and clinical research procedures.
• Previous experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS) and database management software (e.g., REDCap, Qualtrics).
• Experience working with youth and families.
• Previous experience with a psychiatric population.
• Fluency in Spanish.

Job Competencies

• Willingness to conduct participant recruitment and data collection off-site.
• Willingness to work with diverse populations, including youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
• Must provide own transportation and be willing to travel to community settings to conduct assessments (including participants’ homes).
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; attention to detail; maturity, and responsibility.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, perform multiple tasks efficiently and accurately, take initiative and maintain organized working conditions required.
• Flexibility in work schedule, including evening and weekends as needed.
• Commitment to maintaining participant confidentiality.
• Willingness and ability to work as a team.
• Ability to seek out, understand, and utilize regular feedback from supervisors on assessment is essential.
• Highly refined communication and rapport-building clinical skills are necessary to recruit participants and collect valid and reliable data dealing with sensitive topics with participants who may be wary of participation.
• Closely follow all study protocols and maintain the strictest confidentiality.
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to accomplishing the goals of the research program with the highest degree of quality and integrity.
• Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.


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Job Posting Title:
Research Assistant

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

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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