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Research Assistant (Bipolor Spectrum Disorders, NIH, Bethesda, MD) - Rolling deadline; posted 12/5/14

Research Assistant Position
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Emotion and Development Branch, Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (BSD), in Bethesda, Maryland, seeks qualified individuals to fill IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) positions, with employment starting late May/early June 2015. BSD conducts research on the pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, which begins in childhood. Our particular research interest involves the investigation of pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The full-time positions require a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (resident alien). A minimum commitment of one year is expected; however, a two-year commitment is preferred. Duties and responsibilities include assistance with and participation in all aspects of the research enterprise: patient and normal volunteer screening and recruitment; protocol implementation; data collection, entry, and analysis; and manuscript preparation. This work involves using computer statistical and graphics programs, preparing blood samples, and researching scientific literature. In addition, the position involves regular patient contact during outpatient clinic visits, and with inpatients. IRTAs can observe diagnostic interviews with patients and become familiar with standard psychometric procedures. IRTAs are also involved in training subjects to participate in neuroimaging and analyzing neuroimaging data.

IRTAs will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team including physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses at the nation’s largest medical research center, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Successful applicants will be awarded post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowships, which provide opportunities for recent college graduates to spend time engaged in biomedical investigation. During their tenure in the program, post-baccalaureate fellows are also expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school.

Interested individuals should complete the online application found at the following website (link can be found under “Application Procedure”):
https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postbac_irta

Following completion of the online application, individuals should also forward a letter of interest and resume to:
Alli Oakes
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Alli.oakes@nih.gov
301-451-7248

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Clinical Research Coordinator (Ctr for Women's Mental Health, Mass. General Hospital) - Posted 1/7/2015

Massachusetts General Hospital – Center for Women's Mental Health
Clinical Research Coordinator Position Announcement

Program Description:
The Center for Women's Mental Health is a clinical and research program within the Department of Psychiatry at MGH. Our Program is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function. The Program provides a range of clinical services to women which include: consultation regarding the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy; treatment for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders; treatment for premenstrual syndrome; and treatment of menopause related mood and anxiety symptoms, sleep disorders, and hot flashes. Our research examines a wide range of questions which affect the lives of women with these conditions (see www.womensmentalhealth.org for more information).

Responsibilities:
The research coordinators in our Program are each assigned 1-2 active clinical studies, which allows them to be involved in the entire research process. This is different from most other research coordinator positions in which the coordinators are assigned a particular task that they perform across all of the group's trials.

The research coordinators are primarily responsible for the following research activities:
· Conducting research visits with study patients and study clinicians
· Managing the recruitment, screening and enrollment of research patients
· Administering psychiatric assessments
· Phlebotomy and specimen preparation
· Data collection and entry, and database management
· Preparation and submission of research protocols to the IRB
· Ensuring compliance with the Partners IRB and other federal and institutional guidelines
· Periodic special projects, such as a grant submission or a journal article submission

Additionally, the research coordinators are responsible for various administrative tasks such as managing our offsite record storage facility and maintaining the master research visit schedule.

Work Environment:
Currently, our group is made up of four research coordinators, a senior research coordinator, a program assistant, and ten psychiatrists, three of whom are principal investigators, including the Director. The research coordinators work closely with the study principal investigators and meet twice weekly as a group to review study progress. The group meets once a week for two hours to review clinical cases and ongoing research progress.

Details:
We are looking for candidates who possess at least a bachelor's degree and who can start no later than June 1, although an earlier start would be appreciated. The salary for this full-time position will start at $30,000 per year, and benefits are available.

Interested applicants may send cover letters and resumes to Danna Moustafa via email to dmoustafa@mgh.harvard.edu or via USPS to 185 Cambridge Street, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02114.

Clinical Research Coordinator II (Addiction Medicine, Mass. Gen. Hospital) - Posted 2/11/15

Center for Addiction Medicine – Clinical Research Coordinator II

The coordinator’s responsibilities at the Center for Addiction Medicine will include serving as the primary research coordinator on a clinical research study. Working independently and with minimal supervision, he or she will be responsible for patient recruitment as well as all subject-oriented study procedures and the administrative duties related to the careful operation of the study protocol as well as database programming and quality assurance. The coordinator will also participate in orienting, training, and supervising junior staff. 

Specific responsibilities include:

- Recruit and schedule subjects for participation.

- Coordinate scheduling of study with area collaborators.

- Produce and maintain all documentation for the Institutional Review Board, FDA, and sponsors.

- Perform primary data collection at study visits, including neuropsychological testing and limited physiological monitoring.  Maintain all related data.

- Purchase or reimburse for all supplies required for the study; monitor study inventory.

- Collect and maintain subject information database for study using RedCAP (Research Electronic Data Capture) or other data capture programs.  Perform quality assurance checks on database.

- Careful monitoring of adverse events and worsening psychiatric or mood disturbances.

- Assist with data analysis and manuscript preparation.

- Prepares study reports, annual reviews, adverse event reports, and study document modifications.

Qualifications:

A willingness and ability to learn, and an interest in working with human research participants and a diverse research team including psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, imaging scientists, a team of research assistants/coordinators, and support staff.

The position requires excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, as well as attention to detail, the ability to work independently handling fluctuating priorities and deadlines, strong quantitative skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Office, a statistics software such as SPSS, and EndNote.

Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, premedical sciences, or related science required. Computer and statistical programming skills are preferred.

One year of previous paid research experience is required.

 

To apply please visit the Massachusetts General Hospital Career Opportunities website (www.mghcareers.org) and search for Job ID 2266027. Please contact Vanessa at vcalderon1@mgh.harvard.edu with any questions.

Clinical Research Coordinator II (Addiction Medicine, Mass. Gen. Hospital) - Posted 2/11/15

Center for Addiction Medicine – Clinical Research Coordinator II


We are seeking an individual interested in an interdisciplinary role as a research assistant at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine. The research assistant’s primary responsibility will be serving as the coordinator on neuroimaging research studies. Working independently and with minimal supervision, he or she will be responsible for patient scheduling and recruitment as well as all subject-oriented study procedures, such as the administration of psychiatric scales and testing protocols, collection and analysis of neuroimaging data, administrative duties related to the careful operation of study protocol, and programming and quality assurance of database and computer task paradigms. The coordinator will also participate in orienting, training, and supervising junior staff.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Recruit and schedule subjects for participation.
- Produce and maintain all documentation for the Institutional Review Board.
- Perform primary data collection at study visits, including neuropsychological testing and running fMRI scans and computer tasks. Maintain all related data.
- Neuroimaging data processing and analysis
- Purchase or reimburse for all supplies required for the study; monitor study inventory.
- Collect and maintain subject information database for study using the RedCAP (Research Electronic Data Capture) or other data capture programs. Perform quality assurance checks on database.
- Assist with data analysis and manuscript preparation.
- Prepares study reports, annual reviews, adverse event reports, and study document modifications.
This is an excellent research opportunity for someone interested in graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, medicine, computer science, or related fields.
Requirements:
The position requires excellent organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, strong quantitative skills, attention to detail, the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and handle fluctuating priorities and deadlines, good communication skills, the ability to work independently as well as with others, and an interest in the work of the Center for Addiction Medicine, as well as a willingness and ability to learn, and interest in working with human research participants, and a diverse research team including psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, imaging scientists, a team of research assistants/coordinators, and support staff. Strong computer skills are required. Familiarity with a wide variety of software tools for data collection and analysis such as: Python, Matlab, PsychoPy, FSL, Freesurfer, SPSS, R, or shell scripting is beneficial.
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, premedical sciences, computer science, or
related science, and strong quantitative and technical skills.
One year of previous paid research experience is required.

To apply please visit the Massachusetts General Hospital Career Opportunities website (www.mghcareers.org) and search for Job ID 2266032. Please contact Vanessa at vcalderon1@mgh.harvard.edu with any questions.

Research Specialist (Behavioral Ethics Lab, University of Pennsylvania) - Posted 4/1/15
The Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab), led by Dr. Cristina Bicchieri at the University of Pennsylvania, is seeking to hire a new research specialist. Our group includes psychologists, behavioral economists, game theorists, biologists, and moral and political philosophers. At the BeLab we conduct both experimental and theoretical research on social norms, trendsetting, moral heuristics and biases, perceptions of fairness, cheating, corruption, autonomy, and many other areas. Our research interests here are broad and are constantly evolving. Interested applicants should be prepared for (and look forward to) a rich and dynamic research experience.

Responsibilities for a new research specialist would include (but are not limited to) experiment design, experiment preparation (programming, questionnaire preparation, etc.) subject recruitment, overseeing experiments (both online and in person), data coding and analysis, manuscript preparation, and preparing scientific presentations. The position would last for one to two years, with a two-year commitment preferred.


A new research specialist would be involved in many elements of our lab’s activity and would have the opportunity to present at conferences and co-author on new publications. This is an excellent position for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree in psychology, behavioral economics, or experimental philosophy.


Qualifications:
-B.S. or B.A. in psychology, economics, philosophy, or a related field.

-Previous research experience in psychology, experimental economics, and/or experimental philosophy

-Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail,

-Flexible and independent thinking and the ability to self-motivate.

-Strong interpersonal skills

-Strong quantitative skills (especially with statistics and statistical software) 

-Excellent writing skills

-Previous programming experience and specific experience with Qualtrics, ZTree, and/or Mechanical Turk are desirable, but not required. 


The start date will be June 2015, but this is somewhat flexible. Highly motivated and qualified applicants should send a CV/resume and a cover letter that outlines research interests, skills, and experience to Peter McNally (
peterkmcnally1@gmail.com). Be ready to supply 2-3 letters of recommendation upon request. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Research Assistants (Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA) - Posted 4/1/15

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL,
McLEAN HOSPITAL, BELMONT MA


The Behavioral Genetics Laboratory at McLean Hospital, part of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has Research Assistant positions open immediately for scientists interested in preclinical studies of the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric illnesses including depression, PTSD, and autism. Preference will be given to behavioral pharmacologists who have tangible previous experience working with behavioral models related to stress or learning. These positions require a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a Neuroscience-related field. Starting salary depends upon laboratory experience. Send a CV (or resume), a brief statement of interests, and a list of 3 personal references (including phone numbers, email addresses) to:
Bill Carlezon, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Department of Psychiatry
McLean Hospital
115 Mill Street MRC 215
Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: 617-855-2021
bcarlezon@mclean.harvard.edu


Read about our work here:
http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/research/mrc/bgl.php

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