Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Contributing

Working Title:

Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Full-Time Permanent

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Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Department Name and Number:

Psychology and Neuroscience-319100

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The primary purpose of the Psychology and Neuroscience Department is to provide excellent education, research and service in the field. This goal breaks down into four important components: 1) to teach psychology to undergraduates in a manner that will introduce them vigorously to its broad scope; 2) to offer scientific and professional training to graduate students in the areas of behavioral neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental, quantitative, and social psychology; 3) to carry out cutting-edge research in these areas, and 4) to provide consulting and administrative support services to the science and profession of psychology as well as to the university, the community, the state, the region and the nation.

The Department consists of six programs: behavioral neuroscience; clinical psychology; cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; quantitative psychology, and social psychology. Each program is designed to acquaint the student thoroughly with the theoretical and research content of the specialty and to provide training in the research skills needed to become a competent and creative investigator. In addition, the programs focus on the development of appropriate professional skills.

The Department of Psychology ranks 2nd in the College in grant funding with over $12 million annually in grant expenditures, and approximately $20 million annually in expenditures from all funds. The Department of Psychology has the largest undergraduate major in the College of Arts and Sciences with approximately 1500 majors, and one of the largest graduate Ph.D. programs with approximately 120 graduate students. The Department is also home to four community clinics which generate fee revenue (Adult Clinic, Anxiety Clinic, Child and Family Clinic, Couples Clinic), known collectively as the UNC Psychology Department Community Clinic (the Clinic).

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The primary purpose of this position in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department is to advance the cutting-edge research of Professor Fredrickson, a leader in the Department’s Social Psychology Doctoral Program. Specifically, the person in this position will collect human behavioral data for an study on daily wellness funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Responsibilities for the current position include, but are not limited to, assisting with: research protocol development, data collection, data management, participant retention, and help new student as directed (research assistants and undergraduates). This position will communicate with research participants and assist in scheduling in-laboratory assessments. They will help administer follow-up assessments such as surveys, semi-structured interviews, and behavioral tasks. They will be assisting to create a detailed manual or “Codebook” to accompany the study which provides detailed information about each assessment, including survey, behavioral, and video assessments.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Accuracy Required in Work: A high degree of accuracy in required to ensure that data collected and entered for analysis is correct.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•Knowledge of research ethics and research methods
•Experience with SPSS, Qualtrics
•Experience writing syntax for data scoring, merging, and analysis
•Organizational skills and attention to detail
•Ability to work independently
•Ability to solve problems independently and seek resources to solve problems as needed
•Ability to organize tasks and time
•Ability to manage and work well as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

At least one year of relevant experience.
The ideal candidate will have experience managing, cleaning, structuring, and coding syntax for large datasets with SPSS or other established statistical software.
Experience conducting research assessments with clinical populations.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 3/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time