The MGH Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) Unit and Dickerson Neuroimaging Lab at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging is seeking a college graduate for a full-time research assistant position investigating the neurobiological basis of cognitive and affective systems in healthy individuals and those with neurodegenerative diseases. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in pursuing graduate school in clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or medicine. The ideal candidate must be mature and responsible with excellent organizational, as well as oral and written communication skills. They must be able to work independently in a dynamic environment, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, feel comfortable working with clinical and non-clinical study populations, and seek assistance when appropriate. Principal duties and responsibilities are as follows:
-Facilitate the needs of an interdisciplinary research team to manage the storage, organization, and retrieval of multiple data sources, including task-related fMRI, functional connectivity MRI, sensitive genetic data, and behavioral research data.
-Facilitate Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process by preparing protocol applications, protocol amendments, safety reports, adverse event reports and other required documents. Manage and maintain regulatory documents.
-Perform vitals and phlebotomy on subjects; process and ship specimens.
-Interact with both clinical and non-clinical human populations in a research context.
-Act as the primary liaison for study subjects to communicate about the study. Arrange and conduct initial interviews of study subjects, including discussing symptom onset and family history, and evaluate criteria for inclusion/exclusion per study protocol; coordinate subsequent assessments of subjects as outlined in study protocol.
-Evaluate neuropsychological testing, medical records, and laboratory results for study relevant clinical data. Coordinate subject care by scheduling follow-up assessments and communicating concerns about the subject with the study investigator and the subject’s primary care provider, including writing neuropsychological testing reports.
-Strong written and spoken English language skills.
-High school diploma required; Bachelor's degree preferred.
-Highly motivated individual with proficient interpersonal and organizational skills.
-At least 1 year of related neuroimaging research experience.
-Exposure to working on human research studies (e.g. via coursework, internships, volunteer/full-time positions, etc.).
-Experience interacting with human research participants, especially elderly people and/or those with cognitive impairment.
-Working knowledge of issues involved in clinical research (e.g., following protocol, IRB, study participant communication) and a basic understanding of neuroanatomy, neuropsychological testing, and data management.
-Ability to handle sensitive clinical and genetic information.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member and identify and resolve problems.
-Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and high degree of computer literacy.
-Experience with Freesurfer, SPSS, Microsoft Access/SQL database, or LAVA preferred but not required.
Contact: Christina Caso, email@example.com
Expiration Date: 6/18/2016