Research Assistant

Virginia Tech    Roanoke, VA
Job Description
The Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) is a research unit at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, VA. Directed by Warren K. Bickel, PhD, a recognized addiction researcher, ARRC is dedicated to understanding addiction and developing new treatments based on decision-making processes common in substance use disorders. ARRC is looking for a Research Assistant to work primarily on NIH funded projects that are providing new information about addiction, health behaviors, and decision-making. Several projects are focusing on the use of the Experimental Tobacco Marketplace to investigate choice behavior among nicotine users from a behavioral economics framework. Typically, a Research Assistant 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 data for grant-funded research projects. Laboratory and research support responsibilities range from entry- to advanced-level. This position reports to the Program Manager. The duties of the role will include though may not be limited to the following:
  • Making significant contributions to the projects assigned and the achievement of each project’s research goals.
  • Recruiting and screening volunteers to participate in a range of research studies examining decision-making in addiction and other health behaviors.
  • Scheduling and confirming appointments for participant research study sessions.
  • 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.
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential records used for conducting and monitoring 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Required Qualifications:
  • BA/BS in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or related field, and/or the equivalent level of training and experience.
  • 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, addiction, neuroeconomics, or clinical trials.
  • Experience with basic laboratory protocols including proper handling of subject specimens, data collection, subject recruitment, subject assessments, and data management.
  • Proficiency with REDCap, Qualtrics, or similar survey tools and/or experience with statistical analysis.
  • Employment Conditions: Must have a conviction check: Yes Describe Other: Employment Comments: How to Apply for this Job:

    For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit Review of applications will begin on April 22, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility.

    Employee Category: Staff (Salary) Appointment Type: Restricted If restricted or temporary, enter end date: Depends on funding FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year Percent Employment: Full-time If part time, enter Percent Time: Pay Band: 3 Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience Department: Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Work Location: Roanoke Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA Location Zip Code: 24016 Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00-5:00 and as needed Posting Date: 04/15/2019 Review Begin Date: 04/22/2019 Job Close Date: Restricted to university employees only? No Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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    If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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