Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Contributing

Working Title:

Social/Clinical Research Assistant

Position Number:

20038576 and 20036598

Vacancy ID:


Budgeted Hiring Range:

$31,200 - $34,000

Pay Band Information:

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Salary Grade Equivalent:


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 through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm or 9 am – 6 pm

Department Name and Number:

Psychology and Neuroscience-319100

Date First Posted:


Closing Date:


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:

This posting is for two (2) positions and by applying to this posting applicants will be considered for both vacancies.

The primary purpose of this position in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department is to advance projects in Dr. Hallquist’s research laboratory. The person in this position will assist with the design, implementation, and administration of psychological research projects focusing on personality, neuroscience, and computational modeling. The position will focus primarily on implementing two NIMH-funded R01 studies of decision-making. These projects synthesize functional neuroimaging, computational modeling, and associative learning theory to characterize neurobehavioral systems that contribute to maladaptive interpersonal behaviors and mood instability.

The lab also has ongoing projects examining dimensional models of personality dysfunction, emotion dysregulation, and impulsivity in teens and young adults. The successful candidate will have ample opportunity to contribute to all aspects of research, including designing/programming experiments, participant recruitment, clinical interviewing, data management, supervising undergraduate students, and analysis of behavioral and neuroimaging data. This is a one-year position with a strong possibility of renewal. The position is well-suited to those who intend to pursue graduate training in clinical psychology or cognitive neuroscience.

Responsibilities for the current position include, but are not limited to, assisting with research protocol development, data collection, clinical interviewing, participant recruitment and retention, lab administration, mentorship of undergraduate research assistants, and management and analysis of behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging data. 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 from participants, which includes helping with the consenting/assenting families, conducting imminent risk interviews, and applying basic standardized quality control.

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:

Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, and a mature and friendly interpersonal style. Willingness and ability to master a broad range of research tasks.

Preferred Qualifications:

The lab uses several technological tools, including Qualtrics, Microsoft Office, and multiple programming languages (e.g., R, Bash shell scripting). Advanced competence in these tools is preferred (but much can be learned on the job).

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 6/8/2021
Application Due: 9/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time