Research Assistant

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


BSD PSY - Keedy Lab

About the Department

To honor our promise to always put our patients first and to be ever mindful of each patients dignity and individuality, we must also be at the forefront of transformative discovery and innovation in psychiatric care.

Job Summary

The job provides support for scientific research projects focused on neurocognitive aspects of substances of abuse and of psychiatric disorders. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Assists in coordination of study, analysis of data, and drafting presentations on research findings.


  • Performs a variety of analyses of neuroimaging (functional and structural MRI, high-density EEG) data as part of psychiatric and related fields research program.

  • Assists with study design, implementation, and data acquisition, including cognitive task programming, scoring, coordination of research participant study visits.

  • Provides data management, optimizes processing pipelines, learns new analysis techniques or software packages as they become available.

  • Assists with administrative tasks related to studies.

  • Provides training and support in these techniques for other staff and students.

  • This job provides technical and administrative support in a laboratory environment performing basic laboratory techniques, research and analysis under direction.

  • Collects and enters data. Assists in analysis of data and with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Complies with institution, state and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • Two years of relevant research experience.

  • Experience gained in school counts towards this qualification.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of research technique and methods in relevant scientific field.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.

  • Work both independently and as a team member.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

Working Conditions

  • Work independently for periods of eight (8) hours or more.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


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