Research Assistant Positions for 2020-2021
Research Specialist: Decision Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab at University of Pittsburgh. The candidate will work on several NIH-supported lines of research provided to our lab, which works in close collaboration with Michael Hallquist’s Developmental Personality Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. The candidate’s primary responsibility will be to assist with the design, implementation, and administration of research protocols focusing on personality, psychopathology, neuroscience, and computational modeling. One focus of this position will be to implement a NIMH-funded K01 study examining how aversive learning deficits contribute to the severe negative affect found in most forms of psychopathology. The project synthesizes structural equation modeling, functional neuroimaging, and associative learning theory to characterize the neurobehavioral systems that contribute to maladaptive threat responding. Another study is anticipated to assess how aversive uncertainty learning is altered in anxiety and affects anxious avoidance and incorporates behavioral and ecological assessment, computational modeling, and neuroimaging. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to other lab projects that use reinforcement learning theory to examine decision-making processes involved in suicide, depression, and borderline personality disorder. Responsibilities for the current position include, but are not limited to, assistance with research design and protocols, data collection, data management, participant recruitment and retention, lab administration, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data. The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills, programming experience, some experience in psychology or neuroscience research, and an interest in cognitive neuroscience as it pertains to psychopathology. The following skills are preferred: programming (R, Matlab, Bash or similar); [f]MRI processing and analysis (FSL, AFNI, SPM); experience with psychopathology and behavioral assessment. The lab environment is collaborative, and staff have the opportunity to acquire a variety of technical skills, as well as a rich theoretical foundation. Successful lab members get support with independent data projects. Required: BA/BS in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, economics, statistics, math, or any relevant science field. Given the extensive training required, a 2- or 3-year commitment is preferred. To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter that describes research interests, and a list of three references to Mandy Collier (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions have been filled. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Posted July 25, 2020.
Research Coordinator at University of Miami. Dr. Kiara Timpano in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami is seeking a full-time Research Support Coordinator for the Program for Anxiety, Stress and OCD. Primary responsibilities will be shared across two NIMH funded projects, including an investigation of transdiagnostic cognitive and emotional risk for the affective disorders, and a study investigating decision making in patients with hoarding disorder. The position will involve a range of responsibilities including recruiting and scheduling participants for research studies, data collection (diagnostic and behavioral), data analysis, administrative duties, IRB management, and general management of lab operations. A great attitude, excellent communication skills, good organizational skills, ability to work in a team, take initiative, and lead are highly desired. Opportunities to present at conferences and to write papers are provided, commensurate with interest and experience. In-depth training and personalized mentoring will be provided on an ongoing basis. The candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related field and one year of work experience. Research experience gained as an undergraduate student will be considered. Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter and three references. The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida. The University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace, supporting a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UMCareerStaff/job/Coral-Gables-FL/Research-Support-Coordinator--Psychology-_R100040149-1. Posted July 7, 2020.