Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory Research Coordinator - 21756BR

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory Research Coordinator

Department: 
Bureau of Child Research
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
On-Site
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The BRAIN lab (http://brainlab.ku.edu/) is seeking one Research Coordinator to help lead our studies of brain and behavior linkages in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). Our lab has multiple ongoing research projects investigating cognitive and sensorimotor abilities and their underlying brain systems in individuals with ASD and individuals with FXTAS. These clinical research projects are conducted through the Clinical Child Psychology Program (https://clchild.ku.edu/) and the Life Span Institute (http://www.lsi.ku.edu/) at the University of Kansas and in collaboration with the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (KCART: http://kcart.ku.edu/ ), the Division of Developmental Pediatrics at KUMC (https://www.kansashealthsystem.com/care/specialties/child-health-development ), and the Hoglund Biomedical Imaging Center (http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/hoglund-brain-imaging-center.html ), providing diverse research and clinical training opportunities.

Responsibilities for the position include administering neuropsychological, eye movement and MRI tests, scoring cognitive and sensorimotor test data, data entry, preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) reports, helping to lead weekly lab meetings, and helping to coordinate the research team consisting of doctoral students, postdoctoral research trainees, multiple faculty collaborators and several full-time staff. This position provides the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working with clinical populations, developing skills in psychological and neuropsychological testing, and participating in each phase of the research process.

The position will be full-time (1.0 FTE). We are seeking someone with strong interest in research aimed at understanding brain mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. The successful candidate will be motivated to learn new clinical and research skills, have a strong attention to detail, be comfortable working with patients ranging in age from early childhood to late adulthood, show skill in working collaboratively with trainees and faculty colleagues, and be invested to help manage current and new clinical studies for multiple years. Start date for the position is flexible between May, 2022-July, 2022. The position is located in Lawrence, Kansas in the Dole Human Development Center (1000 Sunnyside Avenue) and the Wakarusa Research Facility (1315 Wakarusa Drive). Additional testing may be conducted at the KU Edwards campus in Overland Park, KS, the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Landon Center for Aging in Kansas City, KS. Candidates must successfully pass a background check.

Job Description

The Research Coordinator will work directly with Drs. Mosconi and Unruh as the well as postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students, staff, faculty colleagues and undergraduate students in the lab on ongoing studies. S/he will be tasked with the following responsibilities:

60% - Laboratory administration: Coordinate with research participants, sites, or programs to facilitate study objectives, including the recruitment and scheduling of research participants, organizing team and laboratory meetings for the labs of Drs. Mosconi and Unruh, and work with KU personnel for purchasing, upgrading and maintaining equipment and complying with human subjects regulations. The coordinator also will work directly with the PIs and lab members to support grant submissions and manuscript preparation, including identifying and entering study references, data analysis, and assisting in preparing all required materials.

40% - Research assessments: Administration of research assessments with individuals with ASD and related conditions (e.g., FXTAS) ranging in age from 12 months – later adulthood. Tasks include administration of clinical report measures and neuropsychological, eye movement, sensorimotor and functional MRI tests. Scoring of standardized and experimental tests as well as data entry and analysis also will be conducted by the research coordinator in collaboration with members of the team and the PI.

Required Qualifications

  1. B.A./B.S. in a discipline related to motor control, neuroscience, psychology, geriatrics, or child development.
  2. Experience in clinical research on neurodevelopmental disorders as evidenced by application materials.
  3. History of involvement in a clinical research lab as evidenced by application materials.
  4. History of coursework in clinical psychology, clinical neuroscience, or child development, as well as coursework related to conducting research as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience participating on a clinical research team.
  2. Strong writing and clinical skills.
  3. History of involvement in a clinical research lab studying child development, aging, or neurodevelopmental disorders.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete online application includes a cover letter, a vita, and contact information for three professional references.
Review of applications begins on 04/11/22 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Matthew Mosconi: mosconi@ku.edu
Dr. Kathryn Unruh: katunruh@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

$31,940

Work Schedule

40 hours/week

Application Review Begins

11-Apr-2022

Anticipated Start Date

02-May-2022

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
21756BR
Department:
Bureau of Child Research
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
On-Site
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
11-Apr-2022