A&S-Psychology-Research Associate 1(Safren-IMPACT)-STA

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Job location: Miami, FL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-02-06
Req: R100029706
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Position Details

The Health Promotion and Care (HPAC) lab, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, under the direction of Dr. Steven Safren, is seeking a Research Associate 1. The research associate will be responsible for assisting with various studies related to HIV prevention and treatment with a particular focus on local studies of HIV prevention among gay/bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The RA will work on currently funded projects as well as grant proposal and preparation work for future projects. The RA may also assist PhD graduate students and post-docs with their research. The primary funded research study the research associate will work on would be Project IMPACT, an R01 HIV-prevention study that tests interventions to reduce stimulant use and increase safer sex in MSM who use stimulants.

The Research Associate would assist with these and other ongoing projects in the lab. Information about all of HPAC’s ongoing studies, all of which are related to HIV/AIDS (prevention and treatment), can be found at http://www.psy.miami.edu/hpac/

The Research Associate may collaborate with other members of the research team, faculty, and staff of the research program, but will also be expected to be proactive and work independently. Due to the time sensitive nature of many projects, the pace of work may be demanding at times. Having the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously is key. Attention to detail is important for all tasks.

The applicant should demonstrate, preferably through previous experience, a strong interest in pursuing psychology and/or mental health research, preferably focused on behavioral medicine, HIV, LGBT health, and/or mental health in global settings. The applicant should be comfortable working with individuals with diverse backgrounds on issues related to sexuality, substance use, and mental health. There are times when this position will require evening coverage, depending on the cycle, to be available two evenings per week (and adjust hours accordingly) based on lab needs. The applicant should feel comfortable conducting tasks ranging from, when needed, administrative to scientific, in order to facilitate the study related tasks. Experience with HIV/STI testing and counseling preferred, but not required.

The Research Associate for the IMPACT project will be required to be able to complete blood draws for study procedures, and accordingly, will need to complete a phlebotomy course if not already certified. The position offers valuable research experience in preparation for application to graduate school in clinical psychology or a related field.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Psychology or related field
  • Prior research experience is preferred
  • Phlebotomist certification or willingness to complete phlebotomy course

Lab-specific Responsibilities

  • Recruiting/screening/enrolling study participants. Coordinating study visits, administering psycho-social assessments to patients as needed
  • Monitoring and evaluating protocol compliance. Reporting adverse events as required by institutional/federal regulations. Adhering strictly to all IRB guidelines and confidentiality requirements. Preparing submission of protocol revisions and safety reports to the IRB and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Preparing annual progress reports for IRB and NIH renewal of ongoing studies
  • Assisting with manuscript and presentation preparation. Assisting in the preparation and submission of grant applications
  • Preparing communications/reports to IRB and NIH. Preparing correspondence and taking care of minor budget management
  • Data entry and quality control procedures

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Posted: 2/7/2019
Application Due: 7/15/2019
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