Research Assistant at Aging, Culture, and Cognition Laboratory at Brandeis U.

The Aging, Culture, and Cognition Laboratory at Brandeis University, directed by Dr. Angela Gutchess, is seeking a research assistant to coordinate behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) data collection for studies of self and memory in healthy older adults and patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. The position involves traveling to collect data at the off-site fMRI center and in the community (car required) with other members of the research team, and requires availability for occasional evening and weekend hours. In addition, the research assistant will support other studies of aging, culture, and memory for social information in the laboratory at Brandeis University. The Research Assistant will also coordinate office tasks as needed, including screening of potential research participants, data coding, stimulus creation, coordinating student research assistants, and administrative duties. Some programming ability (e.g. MATLAB) is desirable.

Example of Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the collection of fMRI data off-site. Must be reliable, pay attention to detail, and be interested in learning about neuroimaging research. A car to drive to testing sites is required, as is some availability for occasional evening or weekend scans.
  • Administers research studies and data collection. This includes recruiting participants', phone screening for eligibility, scheduling sessions, creating experimental stimuli and tasks, conducting computerized and paper and pencil testing, and data scoring and entry. This will include travel to conduct testing at older adult participants' homes.
  • Coordinates laboratory activities and administrative matters for the lab. This includes training and coordinating undergraduate student research assistants, responding to phone calls, organizing laboratory space and meetings, troubleshooting computer issues, documenting laboratory procedures, and organizing human subjects' paperwork and records.
  • Analyzes data from behavioral and neuroimaging tasks using software including Excel, SPSS, and SPM (in conjunction with MATLAB). Programming experience (esp. in MATLAB) helpful.


  • High School diploma or GED required; Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Attention to detail, reliability, strong organizational skills, abilty to multi-task, strong problem-solving skills, and good interpersonal skills required.
  • Prior experience in a research setting in which the candidate tested participants, ideally healthy older adults and/or patients is required.
  • Must be willing to work flexibly and professionally with research participants and members of the research team.
  • Previous experience collecting and organizing data, and proficiency in Word and Excel are preferred.
  • Background in Psychology and/or Neuroscience preferred.

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Closing Statement:

Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities, women, disabled individuals, and eligible veterans to apply. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, or on the basis of any other legally protected category.