Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Contributing

Working Title:

Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$31,200 - $36,000

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

1 year, with possibility of renewal

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

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 and neuroscience 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 and integrative 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, and the nation.

The Department consists of six programs: behavioral and integrative 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 and Neuroscience 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 and Neuroscience 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 and Neuroscience 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 Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience will advance the research of Dr. Sheridan, a leader in the Department’s Clinical Psychology Program. The research assistant will primarily contribute to WHALE study in the CIRCLE Lab (age range: 4-7 years old) – a funded NIH project examining the association between early adversity exposure and its impact on brain development.

Responsibilities for the current position include, but are not limited to, assisting with research protocol development, data collection, data entry, data management, and participant retention. This position is responsible for carrying out human subjects-related research following established procedures. The individual must be able to effectively assist with the recruitment and data collection. Data collection includes self-report, interview, behavioral, biological, and/or fMRI at UNC. This will require attending visits during ‘non-standard’ hours (evenings & weekends), however the work should take 40 hours/week. Additionally, the study may require traveling off-site to other locations to meet study participants at their homes once home visits resume post-COVID.

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:

A high degree of accuracy is required to ensure that data collected and entered for analysis is correct. Must additionally have knowledge of research ethics and research methods, ability to work evenings and weekends as needed, ability to work independently and work well as part of a team, and ability to organize tasks and time efficiently.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred qualifications include 1-2 years of relevant research experience, experience working on neuroimaging studies, experience working closely with families in clinical or research settings, experience performing administrative duties and tasks, and/or the ability to travel off-site to other locations in order to meet study participants in their homes once home visits resume post-COVID.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

Stimulus/ARRA Funded:





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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time