The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain is dedicated to fostering the healthy brain function of children across the lifespan with the mission to set and maintain a healthy trajectory for all children toward positive life outcomes through early neurobehavioral and mental health assessment, innovative targeted interventions, informed policy-making, compassionate child-advocacy, and community education. The MIDB/University of Minnesota is one of the four sites involved in the Baby’s First Years study, a pathbreaking random-assignment study of the impact of monthly unconditional cash gifts to low-income mothers of infants during the first four years of their child’s life. The aim is to understand the causal effects of poverty reduction on early childhood development and family life. As part of the study, families will be invited to the MIDB so that we may directly assess children's cognitive and emotional development and brain function. Data collection will include standardized assessments of children’s cognitive development, measures of child brain activity (EEG/ERP), maternal and children’s hair cortisol, epigenetics, maternal executive functioning, and administration of a survey on health and family life. The Baby's First Years study team at the MIDB seeks a Research Assistant to pilot and subsequently run the lab-based and home-based data collection in the Twin Cities for the age 4 wave of data collection, under the direction of Dr. Michael Georgieff. This position will also be responsible for creation and oversight of the MIDB Family Resource Portal and Participant database, two initiatives the MIDB is advancing to improve our visitor experience.
• Recruit and enroll eligible subjects in accordance with research protocols, Good Clinical Practice, and University of Minnesota Policies • Assist with the development and pilot testing of study procedures • Obtain informed consent from study participants; conduct follow-up outreach to study participants • Successfully schedule study participants for university-based data collection • Assist with electrophysiologic, biometric, and psychometric testing of developmental populations across multiple projects • Acquire form and survey data for projects • Train and serve as a resource for other staff and students in data collection procedures • Maintain study records, databases and accurate data entry • Assist with design and implementation of MIDB Family Resource Portal; engage MIDB stakeholders in providing information regarding programmatic and research opportunities for families/individuals • Assist with design and implementation of MIDB Research Participant Database; engage MIDB stakeholders in planning and design of database • Other duties as assigned
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Child Development, or a related field, plus two years of work experience or a combination of work and educational experience to equal six years. • Must have good interpersonal communication skills to work with parents and children • At least one year experience collecting research data and/or conducting research visits with developmental populations • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively • Demonstrated ability to maintain deadlines and prioritize assignments • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail • Ability to progress multiple projects simultaneously • Ability to work flexible schedule - some study management and/or visits may require early morning, evening, or weekend work, or light travel to participant homes
Preferred Qualifications: • Working knowledge of regulations associated with clinical research and research with protected populations • Experience administering behavioral and cognitive assessments (ex: EEG, MEFS, WASI) • Experience with data management systems (ex: REDCAP) • Experience with Drupal • Experience working with families from low-income communities • Understanding of Institutional Review Board operations • Bilingual in English and Spanish • Have car for occasional home assessments
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