Research Assistant-Department of Psychology

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Research

The Psychology department at the University of Denver is a highly collaborative, research-oriented department that values interdisciplinary perspectives (see www.du.edu/psychology for more information).  The University of Denver’s vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good.  DU values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the right diversity of constituents (to learn more, please visit http://www.du.edu/cme/ie_du.html).  Students and faculty in the Psychology Department actively contribute to these goals through scholarship, teaching, and service.  DU is situated in the Denver metro area, a vibrant and diverse urban center in the Rocky Mountain region that is home to nearly 2.6 million people.  DU’s urban location supports faculty collaboration across several local universities.  DU is comprised of approximately 5,000 undergraduates, 6,500 graduate students, and more than 600 faculty.

Position summary

The Research Assistant will assist with a grant-funded research project investigating the influence of prenatal maternal depression on development including assessments of behavior, physiology, brain, diet, sleep, and cardiovascular health.  Specific duties include recruiting and scheduling participants, making phone calls, assisting with research study visits, collection of data on child cardiovascular health, coordinating at-home data collection with families, and entering data into spreadsheets.  Research Assistant will work very closely with other project staff and participants, and therefore must have excellent interpersonal skills.  This project is a collaboration between the Neurodevelopmental Research Program at the University of Denver (www.du.edu/neurodevelopment) and the University of Colorado at the Anschutz Medical Campus. 

This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with DU’s full benefits package, and the funding for this position is contingent on grant funding.  The schedule requires daytime hours and evening/weekend availability. 

Essential Functions

  • Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigators, the research assistant will assist with a research project that involves biological, medical, and psychological data from women and their children.  The research assistant will assist with data collection, recruitment, phone calls, appointment scheduling, administration of questionnaires, clerical tasks such as filing and photocopying, and tracking of at-home data collection with families.  This will include assisting with management of IRB protocols.
  • Working with human subjects: protocol requirements, phone calls, scheduling, questionnaire administration, coordinating at-home data collection with families, observations and assisting the PIs with study administration.
  • Preparation of subject data, assisting with data entry, filing, etc.
  • Research Administration
  • Participation as a member of the research team: various meetings with investigators

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organization abilities
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team environment
  • Flexible schedule, including nights and weekends to accommodate data collection
  • Ability to learn quickly and pay attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Software

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
  • Experience working with children

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience coordinating research projects
  • Experience working with women and infants
  • Experience in psychology or public health conducting interviews or standard assessments
  • Phlebotomy license and Child/Infant CPR certification
  • Statistical knowledge

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work schedule

Generally, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., with flexibility for evenings and weekends (up to 2 weekend days per month).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on September 29, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 6.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $20.00 - $25.00.

Benefits:
The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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