Research Support Specialist

Job Description

Research Support Specialist-1702325

Required Qualifications: (As Evidenced by an Attached Resume)
Bachelor's degree in psychology, biology, statistics, or related field.
Prior experience, and ability to demonstrate professional competence, working with human clinical populations; knowledge of research methods demonstrated through coursework.

Preferred Qualifications:
Previous research experience in a medical setting. Prior work with substance using or abusing populations. Exposure to neuroimaging. Programming and coding skills. Experience with data entry and management. Experience handling and processing biological samples. Knowledge of Suffolk Country and the surrounding area for recruitment purposes.

Brief Description of Duties:
Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigators (PIs), the RSS will perform specifically assigned research activities working with both addicted and non-addicted individuals.

  • Conduct experimental testing of participants: During laboratory sessions, the RSS will obtain ratings as well as biological, physiological, and neuroimaging measures at specified time-points during the sessions. S/he will also assess participants’ eligibility for studies by confirming self-reports of drug use, performing urine drug screens and breathalyzer tests, and obtaining clinical ratings through structured and semi-structured scales.
  • Recruitment, scheduling and coordination: The RSS facilitates participant enrollment by locating, recruiting, and screening research participants from a variety of sources including detox facilities, community health centers, colleges, and the general community. S/he will also be responsible for the tracking, scheduling, and retention of participants during baseline and follow-up study periods. Finally, the RSS will communicate with, and help prepare documents for, the Stony Brook University Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Data entry & data management: The RSS ensures accurate data input and verification, and manages and maintains confidential records of the research data findings.
  • Coordinate activities of other study staff: The RSS will arrange schedules of other research assistants who work or volunteer in the lab.
  • Preprocessing of imaging data: In collaboration with the lab’s programmer, the RSS will assist in running and troubleshooting scripts for data preprocessing; and with direction from the PI, assist in creating new study tasks and stimulations.

Special Notes: FLSA Nonexempt position, eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

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About Stony Brook:
Long Island’s premier academic medical center, Stony Brook Medicine represents Stony Brook University’s entire medical enterprise and integrates all of Stony Brook’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It encompasses Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, the six Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as the major centers and institutes, programs and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. With 603 beds, Stony Brook University Hospital serves as Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center. Stony Brook Children’s, with more than 160 pediatric specialists, offers the most advanced pediatric specialty care in the region.

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Official Job Title: Research Support Specialist
Job Field: Research Professional / Technical
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Psychiatry-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:30-5Psychiatry-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Posting Start Date: Aug 11, 2017
Posting End Date: Aug 25, 2017, 10:59:00 PM
Salary: $32,000-$38,000
Salary Grade: N11


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