We are looking for 2 Translational Neuroscience Research Assistants to work on a large-scale NIH-funded research study (TOPOWA project) examining the mechanistic pathways of the social drivers of mental illness among young women in Kampala, Uganda. As a Translational Neuroscience Research Assistant, you will be a key member of an international research team that is tasked with using tools in psychophysiology (i.e., acoustic startle response and skin conductance response) to quantify physiologic indices of acute threat during a fear conditioning task within a laboratory setting. The laboratories are located in Bugolobi at the INTEGHRAL hub. These are full-time, project positions with start date in February 2023 that will last for about 10 months. The Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) will be the employer. Extensive training will be provided. For more information about the project please see project website: https://www.drswahn.com/topowa.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct laboratory testing of human participants (women 18-24 years of age).
Use customized physiological data software to acquire, process, and analyze physiological data (i.e., BIOPAC data acquisition system, SuperLab, MindWare).
Adhere to ethical approvals/human subject protocols and consent forms.
Maintain quality standards to preserve the integrity of data collection.
Maintain inventory and ordering of laboratory supplies.
Contribute to writing of scientific publications and grant applications.
Facilitate communications with the PI, Investigators and research team.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Medicine - Behavioral, Cognitive, or Clinical tracks preferred. Other related disciplines will be considered.
Experience in measuring psychophysiological (e.g., acoustic startle, skin conductance, heart rate variability, blood pressure) and behavioral responses preferred. Training will be provided.
Proficient in Microsoft Windows operating system/use of computers.
Proven work experience as a Research Assistant or similar role.
Demonstrated experience in human subject’s research in a laboratory setting.
Excellent organizational, critical thinking, written, and verbal communication skills.
Attention to detail to ensure their research documents are accurate at all times.
Priority-Minded - Can identify and execute on the most important issues.
Sense of Urgency - Know when to act quickly to proactively solve problems.
Send a resume, cover letter listing the names and contact details of three professional references and salary requirement to TOPOWAjobs@gmail.com. Please specify “Neuroscience Research Assistant” in subject line. The hiring manager will only respond to qualified applicants who submits all requested information. Applications will be reviewed as received. Tentative in-person interviews and training is scheduled to begin on February 19, 2023.