Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate

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Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate

Stanford University

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Job Code: 4924Job Grade: F
The PanLab for Precision Mental Health and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science is currently recruiting for a Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate to perform assessment and data processing duties involved with human clinical neuroscience projects. The PanLab is developing precision medicine approaches for mental health disorders, spanning mood, anxiety and attention disorders. We focus on developing new brain-based classifications that guide an understanding of the individual and subsequent treatment selection.
Specifically, the primary focus of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Associate will be to screen potential human participants, schedule testing sessions, and perform participant assessments using questionnaire, functional MRI and cognitive testing. Some participants may also be tested using wearable sensors, tested with EEG and provide lab-based samples, such as saliva for DNA. The position requires a deep interest in the subject area and a comfort with participant interactions, including in telephone and in-person interviews, and for each of the assessment modalities. These study tasks will include management of study data. There will also be the opportunity to assist with pre-processing and statistical data analysis, including for scientific reports and publications. The position will be supervised and mentored by an inter-disciplinary team of investigators spanning the Schools of Medicine and Engineering. The position will be based within a collaborative team and the PanLab values cooperation, fairness, efficiency and conscientiousness.

Note: Interested candidates should include a CV and Cover Letter addressing how your education and experience relates to the position as described above.

Duties include:

  • Serve as primary contact with research participants, sponsors, and regulatory agencies. Coordinate studies from startup through close-out.
  • Determine eligibility of and gather consent from study participants according to protocol. Assist in developing recruitment strategies.
  • Coordinate study assessments (questionnaire, fMRI, EEG, wearables) and undertake these assessments.
  • Administer standard study questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry. Perform quantitative review of forms, tests, and other measurements for completeness and accuracy.
  • Ensure compliance with research protocols, and review and audit case report forms for completion and accuracy with source documents. Prepare regulatory submissions and ensure institutional Review Board renewals are completed.
  • Assemble study kits for study visits, monitor scheduling of procedures and charges, coordinate documents, and attend monitoring meetings with sponsors, acting as primary contact.
  • Monitor expenditures and adherence to study budgets and resolve billing issues in collaboration with finance and/or management staff.
  • Interact with the principal investigator regularly, ensuring patient safety and adherence to proper study conduct.
  • Ensure essential documentation and recording of patient and research data in appropriate files per institutional and regulatory requirements.
  • Participate in monitor visits and regulatory audits.
  • Order and maintain equipment and supplies.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned
  • Previous research experience in the fields of Biology, Psychology or Neurosciences.
  • 1-2 years of related hands-on experience in acquiring and/or processing fMRI data;
  • Proficiency with basic programming and scripts;
  • Familiarity with working in Linux/Unix;
  • Beginner to Intermediate level of MATLAB experience;
  • Technical skills and familiarity with imaging software packages such as SPM, FSL and/or FreeSurfer;
  • Previous work with human participants
  • CITI training and certification for human subject's research is preferred.


    Two year college degree and two years related work experience or a Bachelor's degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of medical research terminology.


    Society of Clinical Research Associates or Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification is preferred.


  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping.
  • Occasionally sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    Occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious diseases and infections.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.


    Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 3/21/2019
    Application Due: 4/3/2019
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