The Research Assistant is part of the Brain Development Laboratory in Psychology and Human Development Department at Vanderbilt University and is responsible for providing support to the research staff. We are broadly interested in how the brain changes over development and in individual differences (including disability) in brain organization(https://braindevelopmentlaboratory.com/). This position requires proficiency in American Sign Language and experience in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture. The Research Assistant position involves participant recruitment and outreach, administering cognitive tests, data management, basic data entry, video editing tasks, and various administrative duties. The position reports to the project coordinator.
The Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University is a group of scholars who work to increase understanding of basic psychological functioning and neuropsychological development in various contexts.
The department offers a doctoral degree in Psychological Sciences jointly with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, with concentrations in clinical science, cognitive and cognitive neuroscience, developmental science, neuroscience, and quantitative methods. The department also offers master's degrees in child studies and quantitative methods as well as undergraduate majors in child development and cognitive studies.
The department maintains strong collaborative ties with various units on campus including the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, the Kennedy Center for Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Special Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
* PARTICIPANT RECRUITMENT AND OUTREACH:
Publicizing study, scheduling participants, attending various events in the community to disseminate our work.
* STIMULUS DEVELOPMENT:
Recording and editing videos of American Sign Language (ASL).
* ADMINISTERING COGNITIVE TESTING:
Administering experiments as well as standardized ability and achievement testing.
Requires use of standard protocols to administer psychoeducational measures, use of specialized computer software to collect behavioral data and use of mock MRI to familiarize participants with scanning procedures.
* COLLECTING NEUROIMAGING DATA:
Coordinating participants in neuroimaging experiments and collecting MRI data at imaging center.
* DATA MANAGEMENT:
Data scoring and entry, data management, and data quality checks.
NOTE:A Term position is a staff position that exists for a period longer than six months but is not expected to last beyond one year. Although a position may exist for a specified or indefinite period, staff who accept term positions are not guaranteed employment for the entire period; they are employed for indefinite periods within the limit of the appointment. There are no guarantees of continued employment, either within the term or when the term ends.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
An Associate's degree or higher in Psychology, Education, Neuroscience, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is strongly preferred.
A Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) is necessary.
Experience in Deaf culture is necessary.
Experience interacting with children, teachers and parents is necessary.
Willingness to work some evening and weekend is necessary.
Experience with computer software including media, office, and database is preferred.
Experience administering standardized psycho-educational testing is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.