Research Assistant Positions Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois

Research Assistant Positions
Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois

The Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University invites applications for research assistant staff for the “When to Worry “(W2W) Study (PI Lauren Wakschlag, Co-I Amelie Petitclerc) funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. The W2W study is designed to enhance early identification of mental health problems beginning in infancy. Specifically, the study focuses on characterizing atypical patterns and neural bases of irritability in the first years of life (12-36 mos.) and will employ intensive, multi-modal, neurodevelopmental measurements longitudinally in a sample of 350 infants. Assessments include real time recordings, performance based tasks, direct observations of parent-infant interaction, and infant imaging during natural sleep.

The RAs will be key members of the data collection team for the W2W study. The RAs perform clinical research by administering interviews, direct behavioral assessments, neurocognitive computer tasks &/or questionnaires following protocols; conduct observational coding; participate in scanning of babies during natural sleep, collect, compile, enter and process responses; gather information and assist in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports and provide other research support to the PI and project manager as needed. Opportunities for collaboration on study publications may be available for self-directed team members.

Individuals hired for these positions will be part of a dynamic collaborative team that includes clinical and developmental psychologists, language experts, methodologists, and neuroscientists. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in applying to graduate school in Clinical/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience or related fields and in obtaining clinical research experience.

The ideal candidate will have previous training/experience interacting with children or infants in a research setting and a demonstrated interest in neurodevelopment and/or young children and families. An ability to interact comfortably and professionally with diverse families and young children is essential. Experience with developmental and/or neuroimaging research is highly preferred. Other necessary skills include an ability to work independently as well as part of a collegial project team, excellent attention to detail, and strong communication skills.

Position requires successful completion of a full 4-year bachelor’s degree in social or health science, psychology, neuroscience or other child development-related field. A flexible schedule is essential and weekend and evening hours will be required. Off-site data collection may be required at times.

One full-time and two part-time positions are available. The position will begin as soon as possible. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and the names of three references to: Martha Neary, M.Sc., W2W Project Coordinator, martha.neary@northwestern.edu. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for a full-time or part-time position.