Research Associate

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Research
Posted on September 2, 2021
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Job Description

The Legon lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research institute is hiring a research coordinator/associate to participate in research projects that include investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation in healthy human volunteers as well as clinical populations including substance use disorder and pain. This is an excellent opportunity for a detail oriented person who enjoys interacting with others, being a key part of a diverse and active scientific environment, working with individuals, and managing multiple project duties. The incumbent will work collaboratively and independently with the research team to coordinate the collection and processing of patient and laboratory data for research projects. This position reports to Dr. Wynn Legon. This position will be responsible for all regulatory activities required by active and pending protocols. This includes but is not limited to, submission of new protocols, continuing reviews, documentation of adverse events and protocol deviations, response to IRB contingencies, and development and updates of standard operating procedures. This position is also responsible for financial aspects of lab operations including development of budgets for grant applications and management of budgets for active grants.

The candidate performs quality assurance of research participant files for compliance with IRB protocols, HIPPA privacy, federal regulations, and University policies. This position manages subject recruitment and enrollment, collection of data, and completion of subject assessments or other forms as well as developing and implementing systems for tracking various components of research projects. This includes managing subject payments, voucher record keeping and maintenance of office and laboratory inventory. This position will coordinate with the Pl in overseeing the projects and communication on a day-to-day basis at coordinating sites and off-campus sites and advise the Pl of project issues and resolutions. This position will also require the candidate to mentor and train junior lab members (and students) on specific research protocols including operation of some hardware and software. The successful team member will be skilled with monitoring and adjusting priorities, problem solving, and generally ensuring the day-to-day implementation of the research programs. The coordinator/associate is an essential member of the research team and will be expected to regularly interact with research collaborators, hospital and community clinicians, and research administrators on behalf of the principal investigator. Opportunities to participate in manuscript and/or grant preparation are available for interested candidates.

Required Qualifications

1) MA/MS in neuroscience or related field including but not limited to psychology, clinical psychology, public health, biomedical engineering; 2) Demonstrated experience in a research or clinical laboratory working with either healthy human volunteers or clinical populations; 3) Experience in the use of and data collection of one or more of fMRI, EEG or non-invasive brain stimulation techniques; 4) Demonstrated attention to detail and excellent communication skills.


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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.

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