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Research Technician

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on October 20, 2019

Job Description

A part-time, hourly, Research Technician is being sought for the lab of Dr. Brooks King-Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC ( in Roanoke, Virginia. We are looking for a Research Technician that can work on a short-term basis in an hourly wage capacity who has interest and experience in clinical psychology, neuroscience or behavioral economics. The position available will range in length between 1 month and 1 year and can be renewed as needed. There are no fringe benefits associated with this position and is ideal for an individual looking for part time work, students, or others looking to expand their experience in the research field. Projects in the lab are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate brain function in healthy and psychiatric populations. This position will provide an excellent opportunity to gain research experience in fMRI, neuroeconomics, cognitive / social neuroscience, or clinical psychology as preparation for graduate school or medical school.

Research assistants are an essential part of the scientific team and play a lead role in participant recruitment & assessment, study implementation & coordination, data processing, database management, and grant/manuscript preparation. Training and supervision are provided for all aspects of the job.

Job Duties:
1. Recruiting, screening, consenting, assessing, and generally maintaining good communication with research participants and collaborators.
2. Collecting data from various modalities including: questionnaires, fMRI, genetic samples.
3. Assisting with IRB protocol preparation and progress reports.
4. Assisting with day-to-day logistics of ongoing lab projects.
5. Working with the team to identify needs and priorities.

Required Qualifications

• Demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, human-oriented research environment.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in one or more of the following research areas: neuroscience, psychology, biology, or human nutrition.
• Experience with data collection or data management.
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.

Pay Band

This position is considered part-time, hourly ($12-$14/hr) and not eligible for benefits.

Review Date

September 26, 2019

Additional Information

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

About Virginia Tech

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