Student Hourly Research Assistant - 21984BR

Student Hourly Research Assistant

Bureau of Child Research
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Position Overview

The Center for the Advancement of Research on Eating Behaviors (CARE) Laboratory has an opening for one to two Student Hourly Research Aides (RAs). In the CARE Lab, we conduct research focused on the assessment, diagnosis, and classification of eating and weight disorders. A major goal of the lab is to better understand the relationships between eating disorder behaviors, mood and anxiety symptoms. We also conduct studies that provide free treatment to students and community members who have an eating disorder using mobile health apps and telehealth.

The RA(s) selected for this position will assist the project coordinators, post-doctoral fellows, and Principal Investigator with ongoing research and study activities. The RA(s) will also learn about team-based science by collaborating with our team of research interns, PhD students, post-doctoral scholars, junior and senior co-investigators, and the study PI. The RA will have opportunities to assist the PI with IRB and grant submissions.

Job Description

Data Management & Research Activities 30%:
  • Assist the project coordinators, post-doctoral fellows, and Principal Investigator with conducting large projects in clinical psychology by participating in research activities such as recruitment, screening, data collection, and data management (entry, coding, and proofing).
  • Assist the project coordinators, post-doctoral fellows,and Principal Investigator with maintaining laboratory records including subject consents, logs, enrollment logs, health release forms, and study timeline reports.
Lab Activities 40%:
  • Maintain lab space (office space and interview rooms) and research materials.
  • Assist with scheduling, filing, and subject payments.
  • Creation of recruitment materials for new studies (brochures, fliers, and advertisements).
  • Assist with development of study surveys, treatment materials, and mobile-app development.
Assisting with Training and Additional Lab Activities 30%
  • Assist the lab manager, post-doctoral fellow, and Principal Investigator with training other undergraduates on data entry, Qualtrics, RedCap, and maintenance of daily activities in the lab.
  • Attending lab meetings for one-hour a week which involves discussion of lab business, as well as readings in the area of eating disorders, psychopathology, and psychological assessment. You will also attend 1-2 project meetings per week to discuss goals and progress of the grants.
  • Coordinate outreach opportunities on campus and in the community.
*This position will be 75% on site at: Lawrence/211 Fraser Hall/Wakarusa Research Facility, with 30% telework.

Required Qualifications

  1. Major in psychology or related science or social science field.and must be in good academic standing, demonstrated in application materials.
  2. Exceptional communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Prior coursework in psychology as documented in application materials.
  4. During the semester term of the appointment, the student hourly must be enrolled in no fewer than 6 credit hours. For summer periods the student hourly must:
    1. have been enrolled in no less than 6 hours in the past spring semester or
    2. be pre-enrolled in upcoming fall semester in no less than 6 hours or
    3. be enrolled in summer session or
    4. be admitted to study in the upcoming fall semester. Student Hourlies may be undergraduate or graduate students. (Exceptions granted for GRA/GTA/GA appointments DO NOT apply to Student Hourly appointments).

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Minimum 3.5 GPA as shown in application materials.
  2. Research experience that includes work relevant to mental illness, psychology, or obesity.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work to a deadline.
  4. Experience in laboratory environment.

Additional Candidate Instructions


Contact Information to Applicants

Kelsie Forbush;

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

10-20 hours per week

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Bureau of Child Research
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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