The Research Assistant II is part of the Brain Development Laboratory in Psychology and Human Development Department at Vanderbilt University and is responsible for coordinating research. This position will be supported by a grant that aims to investigate the brain basis of literacy in children who are deaf and hard of hearing. We are broadly interested in how the brain changes over development and in individual differences (including disability) in brain organization (https://lab.vanderbilt.edu/boothlab/). This position involves participant recruitment and outreach, administering cognitive testing, collecting neuroimaging data, data management and analysis, supervising research assistants, various administrative duties and assisting with reports. The position reports to the Laboratory Director.
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 Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, Bill Wilkerson Center, Brain Institute, Institute of Imaging Science, and Kennedy Center, as well as Department of Hearing and Speech, Department of Special Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
PARTICIPANT RECRUITMENT AND OUTREACH: Publicizing study, scheduling and consenting participants, attending various events in the community to advertise our work.
ADMINISTERING COGNITIVE TESTING: Conducting experiments as well as standardized ability and achievement testing. Requires use of protocols for psychoeducational measures, use of specialized computer software to collect behavioral data and use of mock MRI to familiarize participants.
COLLECTING NEUROIMAGING DATA: Coordinating participants in neuroimaging experiments and collecting Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data at imaging center.
DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS: Data scoring and entry, data management, basic analysis and data quality checks.
SUPERVISING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS: Hiring and evaluating temporary employees, training and coordinating assistants that aid in various lab duties, such as recruitment and data collection.
VARIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: Maintaining information technology, social media, purchasing, bookkeeping, coordinating visitors, facilitating and attending meetings.
ASSISTING WITH REPORTS: Managing Institutional Review Board and helping with periodic review reports for granting agencies. Depending on experience, participating in writing research articles.
This position has supervisory responsibility managing research assistants. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Laboratory Director.
Internal Number: 2001012
About Vanderbilt University
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