The Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital has an opening for a full-time research assistant (RA) in Psychology.  The Biobehavioral Research Laboratory (BRL) conducts biobehavioral studies examining the effects of maternal and child stress and trauma exposures on young children’s risk for poor developmental outcomes. The current project involves follow-up of a cohort of mothers recruited in pregnancy and their children for assessments when the children are 3 and 5 years old. The goals of this study are to test whether prenatal and postnatal stress exposures predict child outcomes, including cellular aging, stress reactivity, neurodevelopmental functioning, and emotional and behavioral problems.  The main RA responsibilities include scheduling and conducting home and laboratory visits; collecting behavioral, questionnaire, and biosample (blood, urine, hair, saliva) data; data cleaning, data entry, and other data management activities; and administrative tasks (e.g., preparing study materials, ordering supplies, interfacing with other study sites).

 

Requirements include:

  1. Degree in an appropriately related discipline, preferably in a Life, Health, or Social Sciences field, with a minimum of one year of related experience. 
  2. Experience working with children, preferably young children.
  3. High attention to detail and organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and well-developed analytical skills.
  4. Well-developed communication skills. 

5.    Sensitivity in working with multicultural populations, traumatized women, and young children.

6.    Flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends. 

  1. Willingness to collect biosamples, including blood. Phlebotomy experience is a plus. Phlebotomy training can be provided.
  2. Fluency in both English and Spanish is a plus.
  3. Driver’s License is required to drive to participants’ home when needed. Personal car is not required.
  4. 2-year minimum commitment.


Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability. 

 

If interested and meet the above requirements, please send a CV and cover letter to BRL_Psychiatry@childrens.harvard.edu.