Research Assistant

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Research Assistant


VPR-Center for Family Research

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Research Paraprofessional/Professional





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience with supporting research activity on a large-scale research project. Experience with Microsoft Suite with an emphasis on Excel necessary. Demonstrated organizational skills with keen attention to detail strongly preferred.

Position Summary:

This position will be responsible for daily tasks associated with implementation of multiple research projects underway at the Center for Family Research. Under the supervision of one of the P50 Project Coordinators, responsibilities will include: (1) Conducting off hours fMRIs on study participants, (2) Coordinating with BIRC manager to coordinate logistics of MRI usage, (3) Overseeing non-scanner neuroassessments, (4) Conducting recruitment, retention, scheduling and screening activities as needed. The position involves strong technical and organizational skills to support day-to-day running of large, complex research projects.

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Bending and motion associated with supporting someone into and out of an MRI scanner.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Conduct fMRIs according to study protocols (may be 100% of effort during peak data collection periods).

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Support recruitment and retention activities; Communicate with potential participants – conduct mailings, phone calls, to provide additional study information; Schedule participants for research appointments; Send out retention letters and texts.

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Prepare biomarker data for transport to external labs: (1) Prepare shipping logs, (2) Enter data into spreadsheets shared with partner lab, (3) Pack blood samples, (4) Take to UPS.

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Other Activities according to specific project needs, e.g. Collect missing data, Conduct data quality checks; Support data entry; Help coordinate staff trainings and meetings.

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Posted: 1/23/2021
Application Due: 2/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time