Five Research Assistants/Lab Manager positions Application: Closing date: currently open, likely to close with 2-3 weeks
Description: The Michigan Neurogenetics and Developmental Psychopathology (MiND) lab, directed by Dr. Luke Hyde, and the Translational and Developmental Neuroscience (TaD) lab, directed by Christopher Monk, are searching for 4 – 5 lab managers/research assistants (Research Technician Associates) for two projects. These projects examine risk and resilience across development in adolescents and young adults from multiple levels of analysis, using fMRI, molecular genetics, longitudinal approaches, and psychiatric interviews with families and young adults from low-income neighborhoods. These research assistants will join teams that coordinate and collect data on multiple projects including the MTwiNS project and the SAND project.
Both studies include families or young adults visiting the lab for a full day visit including an MRI scan, psychiatric interview, family interaction tasks, biospecimen assay (e.g., saliva, blood), and survey measures. These projects currently need additional staff to participate in project management, data management/MRI processing, and training and oversight of undergraduate students in the lab. For more information about the MiND lab please visit: and the TaD lab visit:
Duties for these positions will include coordinating projects (e.g., training undergraduate students on their projects and tasks, scheduling and recruiting participants, organizing and cleaning data), doing in-home and in-lab visits with children, families, and young adults (including psychiatric interviews, administering self-report measures, and supervising undergraduate assistants), running participants through MRI scans, and processing and analyzing MRI data. As some of these projects are being done jointly with other labs, the position will entail coordinating with these other labs. Thus, much of the position will include collecting data from and interacting with families and young adults and the other portion will include logistics and data management.
This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a future PhD in clinical or developmental psychology or neuroscience. A successful applicant will have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field, and interest in clinical and developmental psychology or neuroscience. Successful applicants are likely to have experience in several (but not all) of the following areas: psychiatric interviewing, working with underserved families in the community, computer programing experience (e.g., Matlab, R, command line), and experience with fMRI processing and analysis. Applicants must have strong organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills. A very successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to the writing of empirical papers. Both labs focus on understanding the impact of adversity on brain and behavioral development and the TaD lab focuses on internalizing outcomes, whereas theMiND lab focuses on externalizing outcomes. Thus there are a variety of areas of research focus for applicants to consider.
These positions are term-limited to one year and renewable depending on funding and performance. However, note that the aim of the position is to be for at least 2 -3 years as the position will require large amounts of training. Start date is flexible depending on applicant availability but would ideally be during May or June of 2020, so that new lab managers can overlap with departing lab managers for training. Both studies focus on families and young adults from under-served and under-studied backgrounds (e.g., low income, ethnic minority) and we value having a diverse study team. Thus, we especially encourage applications from individuals from under-represented identities.
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