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Research Technician (Multiple Positions)

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Position Information

Title Research Technician (Multiple Positions)
Department Psychiatry (0717)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is leading the effort to understand, diagnose, treat, and prevent psychiatric disorders, prepare future clinicians, provide state-of-the-art care, and give direction to community efforts to improve behavioral health.

William “Scott” Killgore, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience that joined the University of Arizona in 2014. He brings an active research program from Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, including his Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Laboratory. The Lab is devoted to the study of PTSD, mTBI, emotional intelligence, cognitive resilience, and sleep deprivation. Dr. Killgore’s innovative work is funded by the Department of Defense, and recent research focuses on effects of prolonged sleep deprivation, chronic sleep restriction, and the use of stimulant countermeasures on the cognitive-affective systems within the brain. Up to three Research Technician positions are available within the Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory directed by Dr. Killgore.

As lab members, the Research Technicians will utilize various methodologies (e.g., fMRI, DTI, MRS, PSG, Actigraphy) to study the emotional and cognitive processing in both healthy and psychiatric populations.

The Research Technicians will work independently and under general supervision of a Study Coordinator and Lab Manager, in concert with the Principal Investigator to provide support to actively funded clinical research studies. The selected candidates may be responsible for the following activities: Making independent judgment of eligibility of potential participants for clinical trials, developing and implementing participant recruitment strategies, recommending changes to research protocols, writing sections of research protocols and reports, administering and scoring psychological tests, collecting data during research study appointments, data entry, and data management.

Some driving within the state of Arizona will be required with advance notice.

The ability to work evenings and weekends to accommodate participant visits is required.

The College of Medicine recognizes the value of diversity of people, thought, perspective and experience. As the sole allopathic medical college in the state of Arizona, the UA College of Medicine values individuals who are able to work with diverse students, trainees, colleagues, and subjects.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Coordinate the implementation of DoD-sponsored clinical research studies.
  • Initiate and maintain contact with study participants. Screen applicants, ensuring they meet appropriate criteria, and make independent judgment as to their eligibility to participate.
  • Administer and score psychological and neurocognitive tests under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • Collect computerized behavioral data from research participants during study appointments.
  • Work in concert with the Principal Investigator and/or Research Manager; develop and implement participant recruitment strategies.
  • Organize and distribute recruitment materials to multiple sites within the Tucson community and the state of Arizona.
  • Perform interim progress checks on recruitment and enrollment; Implement immediate strategies to improve or remedy deficits in recruitment numbers.
  • Develop, organize, and/or maintain the study database; Responsible for data entry, validation, and quality control of behavioral and neuroimaging data. May conduct basic data processing and statistical analysis of quantitative and/or brain imaging data.
  • In conjunction with Principal Investigator/Lab Manager, develop, write, and implement new research protocols including design, data collection systems and institutional review board approval (IRB).
  • Recommend changes to research protocols when necessitated by emergent information or logistical changes.
  • Perform literature searches as appropriate.
  • Assist PI or Research Manager with preparation for presentation and written published articles.
  • Train new staff and undergraduate Research Assistants on procedures for recruitment, data collection, and data scoring.
  • Find ways to improve and streamline recruitment, data collection, and data analysis processes.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Strong organization skills and significant attention to detail.
  • Outstanding strategic thinking, planning and communications skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to initiate necessary actions without instruction.
  • Ability to remain on-task and simultaneously manage multiple aspects of the daily workload.
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team, resolving issues promptly and with a positive outcome.
  • Very high level of integrity, ethics and professionalism.
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in computer programming.
  • Demonstrated experience or understanding of clinical research or academic health.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain respect towards supervisors and peers.
  • Demonstrated record of exercising sound judgment in activities with human research subjects.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $13.48 Per Hour
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24052
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Sara Knight

Open Date 09/22/2017
Review Start Date 09/27/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Four years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Upon employment, will you possess a valid Arizona Driver’s License and have access to reliable transportation?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents