Research Associate Position – University of Illinois-Chicago

Job Summary:  This position conducts research by preparing literature reviews and assisting with the collection, entering, coding, and cleaning of data and descriptive results. 

Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties): 
Research: Perform surveys, interviews, observations or use other methods according to established research protocols.  Prepare data for analysis and execute details of studies. Perform analysis and document results. May conduct literature searches. Order study supplies and maintain inventories.  

Communication: Maintain detailed records of results and prepare written reports. Maintain and process required paperwork. 

Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned. 

Best Candidate: The Parenting, Environmental Risk, Affective Neuroscience, and Children’s Emotions (PEACE) lab (PI Dr. Jennifer Suor) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Juvenile Research, is seeking a Benefits-Eligible Full-time Academic Research Associate.  The PEACE lab seeks to identify socio-contextual processes and behavioral-brain markers, and their interplay, in predicting risk for childhood mental health difficulties for clinical translation. By combining multiple units of analysis, [i.e., behavioral, electroencephalography (EEG), observational)], we explore different affective, cognitive, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms involved in the development and prevention of childhood mental problems. This position also involves assisting with participant recruitment and retention, conducting diagnostic interviews (structured clinical interviews), administering clinical questionnaires, running lab experiments (EEG, behavioral tasks), assisting with the implementation of preventive intervention services, assisting with data management, and preprocessing, and supervising undergraduate volunteers.   

Recruitment low-income parents with children (ages 4-5) (e.g., social media, digital advertising, referral management, advocacy outreach, flyer at community agencies). Perform lab experiments with electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral methods from participants. Preprocess psychophysiological data.  Supervise undergraduate volunteers.  Co-lead parenting groups.  Experience working with diverse families living in low-income communities is preferred.   Familiarity with clinical assessments (e.g., DIPA) is preferred. Experience using SPSS, R, E-Prime, or MATLAB is preferred. Ability to work as part of a team (e.g., share duties with other research staff and graduate students when recruiting and running study participants; completes components of data analysis, slide presentations and manuscript preparations with the PI). Careful attention to detail (required for data entry and processing of psychophysiological and behavioral data).  Excellent planning, organization, and prioritization skills, with the ability to independently monitor and complete a variety of complex tasks.  Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and excellent communication, organization, presentation, and computer/pc skills (word processing and excel).  

Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field required. Knowledge of fundamental research concepts, practices, and procedures. Entry level knowledge of research methods.  

All applications must be submitted online through the following UIC Job Board link:

The deadline to apply is November 24, 2023

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