We are seeking a full-time Research Assistant I to work with the Numerical Brain Lab headed by Dr. Gavin Price (www.numericalbrainlab.com) on an NSF grant funded project investigating the longitudinal development of numerical processing brain systems in children from kindergarten to second grade. The position will supervise undergraduate research assistants and will report administratively and functionally to the project coordinator and to Dr. Price.
The Peabody Department of Psychology and Human Development is a group of scholars who work to increase understanding of basic psychological functioning and neuropsychological development in family, school, and other social contexts.
Several programs, which are included in the Psychological Sciences major offered jointly with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, include clinical science, cognitive and cognitive neuroscience, developmental science, neuroscience, and quantitative methods and evaluation.
The department also is the home of Master of Education programs in Child Studies, Clinical Psychological Assessment and Quantitative Methods as well as undergraduate majors in Child Development, Cognitive Studies, and Child Studies. The research efforts of the department are focused on increasing understanding of basic psychological processes and applying this knowledge of infant, adolescent, and adult functioning, emphasizing the family, school, and other social contexts that influence development.
Department faculty are accomplished and nationally known. Many serve as editors of psychological journals, members of national review panels, and leaders in national organizations. All are authors of numerous scientific articles and chapters. While faculty members in Psychology share a common interest in psychological processes and their development, our specific interests and expertise are diverse. Some are committed to increasing understanding of basic psychological processes, while others emphasize implications for clinical, social, and educational issues. All are committed to building a diverse and inclusive department.
In addition to having a close relationship with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, the department maintains strong collaborative ties with other Peabody departments: Special Education, with emphases on children with disabilities and their development; Teaching and Learning, with emphases on learning processes in young school age and adolescent children; and Human and Organizational Development, with emphases on group processes, community issues and organizational development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Take a lead role in recruitment and enrollment of research participants. This includes distribution of flyers at locations across Nashville, calling families from a database, posting online advertisements, etc.
Interface with schools, teachers, and families to maintain relationships for the duration of the project.
Assist with data collection for longitudinal administrative data set, including behavioral testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Work with project staff and undergraduate research assistants on all protocols, testing administration, scoring procedures, and data management.
Assist with project logistics such as development and maintenance of IRB protocols, purchasing and procurement of project related lab supplies, participant payments, etc.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
Prior research experience, particularly collecting data with children is necessary.
Highly efficient and organized approach to work, with strong attention to detail and thoroughness is necessary SS Ability to manage multiple tasks; exceptional time management skills is necessary.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communicative skills, including the ability to function effectively as a team member and team leader is necessary.
Experience working in a team environment, requiring participatory decision-making and cooperative interactions among employees is necessary.
Ability to learn quickly and work independently, with supervision as needed is necessary.
Some experience conducting neuroimaging research or strong desire to gain this experience in a research setting is preferred.
Some experience working with young children, preferably in a research setting is preferred.
Experience with SPSS preferred but not required is preferred.
This position requires some nights and weekends.
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