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Research Associate 2 - Psychology
Company: University of Miami
Location: Miami, FL
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 05/17/2022
Expire Date: 07/17/2022
Job Categories: Information Technology
Job Description
Research Associate 2 - Psychology
The B.R.E.A.T.H. lab, is seeking a qualified applicant for research associate 2 position. The research associate will be responsible for assisting with various studies related to neurobehavioral functioning in persons living with HIV; with a particular focus on a study that is examining neuroimmune targets when treating depression and adherence in HIV. The RA will work on currently funded projects and may work on grant proposal and preparation work for future projects. The RA may also assist PhD graduate students and lab members with their research. The RAs primary job responsibility will be to manage neuroimaging, bio-behavioral and psychosocial data collection for a cohort of 150 persons living with HIV that are at increased risk for depression. The coordinator will recruit and schedule participants, assist with collection of biomarker data and occasionally perform neurocognitive assessments and psychiatric interviews. There is rich opportunity to gain academic/caree r advancement through the collaborative submission of grants and scientific research papers for publication.

This role requires solid problem-solving skills, an ability to communicate expectations, and an attentive focus to timelines. This role could potentially lead to networking opportunities that benefit the research objectives of the lab. Supervisor provides initial objectives, deadlines and specific instructions for tasks. Work will be reviewed upon completion and occasionally to be verified for technical accuracy and compliance. The following is a description of the specific job responsibilities for this position.

Patient Supervision: 33% effort

(11%) Conducting trauma screenings, psychiatric interviews and performing neurocognitive assessments. Supervision of participants, (either in person or virtual), during expressive writing sessions.

(11%) Coor dinating study visits and assessments (either in person or virtual).

(11%) Supervise participant during research procedures including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), phlebotomy, and psychophysiological assessment.

Lab Management: 33% effort

(11%) Assistance with different phases of research conducted in conjunction with the TRIDENT study including: subject recruitment, screening; obtaining informed consent; interviewing; obtaining medical records; administering assessments and scheduling appointments.

(11%) Collecting and transferring biospecimens between Coral Gables campus to the UM medical campus for laboratory analysis; retrieval of data.

(11%) Manage lab/study budget and inventory including purchasing of supplies and services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable and project related; orders and maintains inventory of study supplies.

Research: 33% effort

(11%) Participate in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens (blood via venipuncture and saliva), electrocardiogram, blood pressure, respiratory frequency and neuroimaging protocols while assuring quality control.

(11%) Multimodal data management; may assist in manuscript preparation, (i.e., reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing as well as preparation of tables, figures, progress and final reports, etc).

(11%) Assist with the supervision of undergraduate research assistants. Attend research meetings and pertinent training opportunities offered by the University of Miami & TRIDENT study team. Make sure that safety and standard operation procedures are followed.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bac helor's degree in psychology, nursing, or allied health area + 2-year experience

Must be eligible to complete UM's IRB CITI training.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Data management experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Certified phlebotomist or eligible to become certified.

Experience or demonstrated interest in working with patient populations in a research context.

Highly proficient with Microsoft Office applications and/or web design.

Demonstrated expertise in quantitative methods.

Experience using online data collection platforms, e.g., REDCap or Uride;

Prior experience or aptitude for advanced functional MRI data analytic techniques (eg. multivariate pattern analysis) and programming/coding skills in any of the following environments (R, UNIX, Shell, Python, or Matlab) are welcome.

Experience with biological assays.

The position will be funded by the Health Division of the Department of Psychology in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. The department and associated medical school are leaders in behavioral HIV research and has strong ties with the Clinical Science Translational Institute (CSTI), Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and Cox Neuroscience Annex. These ties inform research on health outcomes, disease management, and prevention and require innovative health information technology applications. The primary cohort consists of depressed persons living with HIV.
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