Research Aide - 12851BR

Research Aide

Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Institute for Life Span Studies is hiring a Research Aide for 20 hours per week (with potential to increase) for the following project. The scope of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) grant is to develop and test a novel computer-based assessment for eating disorders. We anticipate that this work will lay the groundwork for applications for future funding to develop computer-based prevention and treatment programs that are linked to the developed adaptive mobile phone application, thereby permitting frequent and targeted feedback to patients directly from the mobile device.

This position fits into the NEDA grant because the Research Aide will help our research team assemble grant materials (e.g., biosketches, facilities and resources, preliminary technical development results, etc.) and assist with all other aspects of grant development and writing, as well as data collection and pilot testing of the new app. The Research Aide will also serve to coordinate among psychology faculty, computer science faculty, and technical staff to ensure that grant development progresses according to schedule.

Beyond assisting with the NEDA grant, this position will assist with several other large-scale internally and externally funded grants being conducted through the CARE laboratory. These projects range from a large longitudinal study of over 250 community-recruited adults with eating disorders to a pilot brain-imaging study of women with bulimia nervosa.

Job Description

35% Data Collection and Data Management:
  • Screen participants for study eligibility according to laboratory protocols.
  • Review other team members’ data collection to ensure accuracy and validity on an ongoing basis.
  • Test participants to determine mental-health diagnoses and administer tests of neurocognitive functioning.
  • Oversee data management using Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel.
55% Office Supervision, Management & Support:
  • Provide assistance with the preparation of IRB and federal and private foundation grant applications.
  • Assist the laboratory director with manuscript preparation.
  • Train and evaluate the student members of the laboratory to ensure adherence to the laboratory protocols.
  • Assist or prepare weekly laboratory meeting agendas.
  • Coordinate among psychology, bioinformatics, brain imaging, and statistical faculty to schedule meetings, keep meeting notes, and manage the team to facilitate progress toward team goals for several large-scale and pilot studies.
10% Statistical Analysis:
  • Perform basic statistical analyses, as needed, using SPSS or SAS.
  • Provide oversight on statistical analyses conducted by other members of the laboratory.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology or neuroscience.
  2. 1 year of experience in a research laboratory in the area of mental health.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated ability to work to a deadline.
  2. Undergraduate or graduate coursework in abnormal psychology (including coursework on eating or anxiety disorders).
  3. Certification or prior training in the administration of structured clinical interviews or intellectual assessment measures.
  4. Previous experience in proofreading and/or editing.
  5. Experience in laboratory management or administration.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Apply online and attach a cover letter, resume or curriculum vita, and contact information of three professional references. The cover letter and resume/curriculum vita should clearly indicate how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.

Review of applications begins October 1, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Kelsie Forbush,

Advertised Salary Range

$12.55-13.50/hour ($13,052 - $14,040 at .50 FTE)

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Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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