This research assistant position will support a project related to understanding early childhood risk for language impairment, The When to Worry about Language Study (W2W-L). W2W-L is a federally funded study led by developmental cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Elizabeth Norton from the School of Communication and clinical developmental psychologist Dr. Laurie Wakschlag from the Feinberg School of Medicine. This longitudinal study seeks to identify which emergent language patterns, individual differences in family language experience, neural differences as measured by EEG/ERP, and child irritability enable identification of language disorder risk in toddlers. The study is closely integrated with a related study of infant irritability and early mental health risk.
This position requires an enthusiastic and committed individual with a strong attention to detail who can also consider the big picture. The RA will conduct a variety of standardized assessments of assess toddlers and young children as well as their parents, using standardized behavioral measures and EEG/ERP, and will also be responsible for coding of data, data entry, and study coordination and administrative tasks such as scheduling. We are looking for an energetic, flexible, highly collaborative team player who prefers open and honest communication and is willing to take initiative and learn a variety of assessment techniques ranging from neuroimaging to behavioral observation. This would be an ideal position for an individual considering future graduate study in areas such as psychology, communication sciences & disorders, neuroscience, or similar fields. The candidate will be joining a fast-paced and continually growing research program and will work with professionals from a range of disciplines.
Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests, EEG, interviews, observations &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
Please note: This is a one-year termed position with opportunity for rehire based on performance and available funding.Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including some evening and some weekend hours. Must be willing to travel off site to participant homes in the Chicago area on occasion.
Supervisor provides objectives, detailed deadlines and general instructions. Work is reviewed for technical accuracy and compliance with instructions, practice, policy and procedures. Employee meets frequently with supervisor to obtain instructions regarding general phases of work and in some cases as to specific details.
Recruits study participants.
Reviews & obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Conducts interviews, assessments, and EEG with adults and children.
Scores interview and assessment results.
Transcribes and codes data and videos of parent-child interactions.
Tracks and coordinates mailing LENA devices to families.
Assists with data entry and other data related tasks.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.
Assist with processing participant reimbursements and travel expenses.
Supervises interns in processing and transcribing data
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Native speaker of American English (required for administering language measures)
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to take direction well and learn from constructive feedback
2 years research study or related experience
Experience working with families
Experience working with children under 5 years of age
Experience working with children with language delay
Experience with data and database management
Experience with cognitive neuroscience research
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Coursework in early language and child development
Knowledge of SPSS or other statistical software
Knowledge of REDCap
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33673
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