Term Research Assistant I, Body Mind & Brain Lab ( Department of Psychology)

Vanderbilt University


Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: Nashville, TN
Contract type: Full time
Vanderbilt University
Job Description:

This position is ideal for an individual who has completed (or is about to complete) a bachelor\'s degree in psychology, cognitive/social neuroscience, or a related field, and is planning to attend graduate programs in clinical psychology or cognitive/social neuroscience. The ideal applicant will have had some prior research experience in clinical psychology and/or cognitive neuroscience and some coursework in statistics. The start-date is flexible and negotiable (Fall of 2022 - Spring/Summer of 2023) but a 2-year commitment is strongly desired.

About the Work Unit:

The Department of Psychology in the College of Arts & Science has faculty (both tenure and non-tenure lines) who are aligned within three specializations: clinical psychology, cognition and cognitive neuroscience, and neuroscience. We are first and foremost a research-oriented department, and our faculty comprises nationally and internationally recognized scholars in their fields of research. Our Undergraduate Program currently consists of nearly 160 undergraduate majors. Our approximately 40 Ph.D. students in the Department\'s Graduate Program will join, upon graduation, alumni employed in public and private institutions and organizations, as well as in private practice.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Managing and coordinating daily lab activities.
  • Recruitment, scheduling, and behavioral testing of participants.
  • Working with collaborators in Computer Science to implement tasks.
  • Assisting with fMRI scans.
  • Data archiving and management.
  • Assisting with IRB.
  • Clinical Assessments.
Supervisory Relationships:

This position does not have supervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively to the Administrative Manager and functionally to the PI.

Education and Certifications:

A Bachelor\'s degree from accredited institution of higher education is necessary. A Bachelor\'s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Anthropology or Primatology is preferred.

Qualifications:
  • Prior experience in working with people with severe mental illness, especially schizophrenia.
  • Ability to work as a team.
  • Time management skills.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Data analysis skills and some knowledge of statistics.
  • Some experience in clinical assessments and/or virtual reality-based research.
  • Some coding experience in MATLAB, Python, R or Unity.
  • Some fMRI data analysis experience.
  • Flexibility, willingness, and motivation to contribute to all aspects of the project.
These positions come with excellent opportunities for strengthening one\'s research portfolio. There is also a wide range of interesting collaborative opportunities within the lab. Research staff are encouraged and supported to present at major conferences (e.g., SRP, SIRS) and will be able to co-author manuscripts.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes full benefits. Vanderbilt University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Review of applications will take place on a rolling basis until these positions are filled.

To learn more about our work, please visit https://lab.vanderbilt.edu/body-mind-brain-lab/

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

About Us: Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!

At , our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in , Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America\'s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:
  • Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.
We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.



Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires all employees to (1) participate in any required on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol as may then be in effect, or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

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