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Research Associate

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on September 8, 2019

Job Description

The Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors (CTRHB), a research center at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, VA, is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease. CTRHB is looking for a Research Associate to work on research projects examining neural and metabolic underpinnings of food choice related to obesity and type II diabetes. Typically, a Research Associate supports a scientist in the performance of various recruitment, technical, and data collection activities for research or laboratory programs. This role will serve as part of the research team working collaboratively and independently to collect and interpret human subject and function magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. Laboratory and research support responsibilities range from entry- to advanced-level.
The duties of the role will include but may not be limited to the following:
● Making significant contributions to the projects assigned and the achievement of the project’s research goals.
● Collecting and entering data from research participants per approved protocols, standard operating procedures, and experiment instructions.
● Administering assessments and structured interviews, collecting urine, saliva, and/or blood specimens, and performing on-site analyses during subject study visits, all according to research protocols.
● Research record keeping and subject payments.
● Maintenance of office and laboratory supplies inventory.
● Maintaining accurate and confidential records used for conducting and monitoring multiple studies.
● Conducting literature searches to gather background information for use by the Principal Investigator (PI) and other research team members in developing and evaluating research protocols and grant applications.
● Participating in research team meetings to report on research progress, improve data collection processes, assist with problem solving, and address protocol issues that arise during the course of research studies.
● Collecting and preprocessing fMRI data
●Creation and management of IRB protocols and approval

Required Qualifications

● MA/MS in psychology, biology, neuroscience, computer science or related field, and/or the equivalent level of training and experience.
● Demonstrated data entry experience.
● Demonstrated organizational skills or experience with data management.
● Desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties.
● Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
● Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications

● Experience in one or more of the following research areas: psychology, nutrition, exercise, biology, clinical trials, or MRI.
● Experience with basic laboratory protocols including proper handling of subject specimens, data collection, subject recruitment, subject assessments, and data management.
● Experience with data analysis software (R, Matlab, SPSS, etc.)
● Experience in data management or database management.
●Experience analyzing fMRI or similar large datasets.

Review Date

August 30, 2019

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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