Research Assistant

Columbia, MO
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

The University of Missouri
School of Health Professions
Department of Health Psychology
Research Assistant

Position: Research Assistant; full-time, benefit-eligible, one-year appointment with possibility of reappointment for a second year.

Setting: The University of Missouri (MU) is located in Columbia, which is situated in central Missouri. The University of Missouri-Columbia, the first public university west of the Mississippi River, is a major land-grant institution and Missouri's largest public research university. Cost of living in Columbia and surrounding areas is very reasonable.

Primary Activities: The MizZzou Sleep Research Lab in the Department of Health Psychology uses neuroimaging, psychophysical, and behavioral paradigms to investigate the mechanisms associated with sleep and related disorders such as chronic pain, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Obesity, and Eating Disorders. The position will involve both administrative and research duties with the candidate overseeing the day-to-day aspects of participant recruitment, data collection and management, and other responsibilities as needed.

Applicants must be collaborative and able to work well both independently and as part of a team. Good time management skills are essential. Successful candidates will be able to prioritize and complete work on multiple projects with competing requirements in a timely manner. Moreover, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing are important.

Qualifications: Applicants with a master’s (preferred) or bachelor’s degree, and experience in the field(s) of neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering, cognitive science, or another closely related field will be considered. Qualified candidates should have basic competencies in data entry, file manipulation, and familiarity with using Excel or other spreadsheet software. Previous experience with research involving clinical populations, is strongly preferred.

Salary & Benefits: This position is full-time (40 hrs/week) benefit-eligible appointment at $15.38 to $16.83 per hour. Initial appointment will be for one-year, with the possibility of reappointment for a second year.

Application Materials

To apply use the online application. Please be prepared to upload a letter of interest and an official transcript in the attachments section of the application. A current curriculum vitae must be saved in the Resume/CV section of the application. Three letters of reference may be mailed to: DHP Research Assistant Search, #1 Hospital Dr., DC116.88, Columbia, MO 65212. Question about the application should be directed to Human Resource Services at

Review of applications will begin on November 30 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

For additional information, please contact:
Christina S. McCrae, Ph.D.
Professor and Senior Scientist
Director, MizZzou Sleep Research Lab
Department of Health Psychology
School of Health Professions
One Hospital Drive, Dc116.88
Columbia, MO 65212

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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