Research Assistant, Department of Psychology

Denver, Colorado, USA
$13.00 - $16.00 per hour
Sep 12, 2017
University of
Faculty Jobs
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Psychology at the University of Denver (DU) is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see for more information). The University of Denver's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service. DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people. DU's urban location supports faculty collaboration across a number of local universities. DU is comprised of approximately 5000 undergraduates, 6500 graduate students, and more than 600 full-time faculty.

Position Summary

The Research Assistant will assist with a grant-funded research project working with women and infants. We currently conduct a multi-year research project investigating the effects of prenatal poverty on brain development and mother-infant attachment. The research assistant will help recruit families from local hospitals (e.g. Denver Health); review medical records; schedule home/site visits; conduct home and brain scan visits including interviews, behavioral assessments, and collecting biological samples & neuroimaging (fMRI & fNIRS) data of mothers and newborns; data entry and processing; and project-relevant administrative tasks. The research experience will be an excellent fit for individuals who plan to apply for medical, nursing, neuroscience, clinical and developmental psychology graduate programs.

This is a non-benefited, part-time position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Willingness and availability to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends to accommodate data collection.
  • Have access to a car and be willing to drive to home/site visits with other research staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong organization and administrative skills, attention to details and conscientiousness.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field.
  • 1+ years of research experience.
  • Experience working with infants, children, and/or parents.
  • Experience with scheduling, data/file management, word processing (MS Word), spreadsheets (Excel), and data entry (SPSS).
  • Experience with data collection and/or analysis for behavioral tasks, biological samples (saliva, hair, urine, blood), fMRI or fNIRS paradigms.
  • Phlebotomy license and Child/Infant CPR certification.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Work Schedule

Part-time, 15-20 hours per week. The schedule is reasonably flexible, and requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Monday, September 18, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Pilyoung Kim at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.