Research assistant position, Brandeis University

The Cognition Psychopathology Environment (CoPE) Lab, directed by Dr. Hannah Snyder in the Department of Psychology at Brandeis University seeks to hire a Research Assistant to assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in research projects involving cognition and mental health in adolescents and adults. The Research Assistant will be responsible for the day to day running of the lab, including training and supervising student researchers, and will run participants through study protocols, including being training to administer cognitive assessments and conduct clinical diagnostic interviews. The Research Assistant will also assist the PI with preparing IRB protocols, grants and publications, and will have opportunities for co-authorship.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

Responsible for the day-to-day management of the lab, including preparing research materials and protocols, maintaining IRB protocols and compliance, contacting and scheduling participants for research, managing data (including basic data and analysis), purchasing necessary research supplies, and coordinating the work of others in the lab.

Performs research with human participants, including community adolescents and their parents, as well as young adults. Obtains informed consent, conducts cognitive assessments, and conducts clinical diagnostic interviews. Interacts with participants with professionalism, warmth, and empathy.

Supervises student researchers in the lab, including providing training, assigning daily activities, monitoring work, and communicating with the PI about student activities and performance.

Assists with preparation of grant, conference presentations and research publications. Will have the opportunity to co-author conference posters and/or publications that will be submitted to peer-reviewed scholarly journals.


Bachelor’s Degree, in Psychology or related field and possess knowledge of cognitive, developmental and clinical psychology concepts and methods.

Must have previous experience conducting research with human participants, and excellent interpersonal skills for interacting with adolescent and adult participants.

Requires the ability to work with other and independently.

Requires excellent oral and written communication skills, organization and attention to detail, and problem solving skills. Must have strong computer skills, including with word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical software programs. Experience programming studies in Eprime, using SPSS, Qualtrics, and database software, and managing large data sets is preferred.

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume as a single document at  Elect option for “External Applicant”.   Sort the job listing by clicking the Job ID column heading.  Locate the desired job listing.  Click the job title and then Apply Now.

Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities, women, disabled individuals, and eligible veterans to apply. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, or on the basis of any other legally protected category.


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