Research Aide - Data Collector

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Bureau of Child Research

Position Overview

The Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas seeks a part time (temporary) Research Aide/Data Collector. The Preschooler’s Adjustment and Intergenerational Risk (PAIR) Project is a longitudinal study of children and families exposed to adversity and is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Data Collectors contribute to the objectives of the PAIR Project by assisting with data collection and working with a team of researchers to document the emotional and cognitive functioning of young children and their parents.  Data Collectors will be responsible for learning and administering research protocols, and collecting, monitoring, securing, and transporting data. Data collection is carried out in community centers and churches in Jackson County, MO.  Office related activities take place on campus in Lawrence, KS.

Job Description

90% -- Assist in data collection: Meet weekly with study participants in Kansas City, MO, collect behavioral and survey data from children and family member participants, run data collection equipment, administer research protocols, and monitor data outputs.
10% -- Attend research team meetings, assist with data quality assurance, supervise and assist with data collection, data entry, childcare activities, and work with team members to assure quality data collection.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, applied behavioral science, early childhood education, social welfare, or related field as demonstrated in application materials.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently and attention to detail as demonstrated in work experience and application materials.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by application materials and interview.
  • Position Requirements:

  • Reliable transportation between the Kansas City metropolitan area and Lawrence area for data collection appointments.
  • Valid driver's license by time of appointment.
  • Successfully pass a TB test and a criminal background check.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in psychology, applied behavioral science, early childhood education, social welfare, or related field.
  • Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings and evidence of good rapport-building skills.
  • Minimum one-year experience working with young children and families.
  • Clinical experience with children and families exposed to trauma.
  • Experience with conducting research and data collection with children and families and managing confidential materials.
  • Previous experience with assessment of cognitive development or behavioral functioning in youth.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and computer A/V programs, and basic webcam software.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Yo Jackson;

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Please submit an online application, cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.

    In the cover letter, please indicate how you meet the required and/or preferred qualifications. 

    Review of applications begins on 9/9/19 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants.  To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    1-2 Weekdays and Saturdays required, approximately 8am - 5 pm, up to 26 hours per week. Open availability on 1-2 Weekdays and Saturdays. Weekly data collection typically consists of one weekday (Tuesday or Thursday through Summer; subject to change semesterly) and Saturday session.


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