Research Study Assistant - 35487

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS

Job Summary:

Dr. Stewart Shankman is seeking a research study assistant for his new lab at Northwestern University to assist on a newly-funded NIMH R01 study. Research in the lab examines the basic mechanisms and risk factors underlying mood and anxiety disorders, and aims to contribute to more effective prevention and treatment interventions. Specifically, we conduct multi-method research investigating behavioral, physiological, neural, and genetic aspects of reward and threat processing in individuals with mental illness. The Research Assistant will have the opportunity to gain experience in experimental design, recruitment, data collection and analysis. Opportunities for co-authoring studies will also be available. The position will also provide the opportunity to learn about psychophysiological and psychopathological theory and research more broadly. Successful applicants will have experience in psychological (or related area) research and quantitative data analysis and have strong organizational and writing skills.

Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports.  Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).    

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Recruits study participants.

  • Reviews & obtains informed consent.

  • Schedules study visits with participants.

  • Scores test results.

  • Collects survey data.

  • Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow. 

  • Conducts formal assessments with participants, including diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological testing

  • Conducts experiments which will involve collecting electrophysiological and neuroimaging data, running experimental tasks and data acquisition software, and session setup and cleanup


  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs. 

  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.


  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.


  • May train other research staff to interview/test participants.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.   

  • Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Strong writing skills

  • Strong communication and interpersonal abilities

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Highly motivated and ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience in psychological research

  • Minimum of one year related research experience

  • Completion of an independent research project

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience with R, Excel, SPSS, and/or brain vision analyzer

  • Experience writing using APA format

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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