Research Assistant

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Updated: November 22, 2018
Job ID: 214114
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Research Assistant I (RA) to support the Clinical Neuroscience of Psychopathology (CNP) lab in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. The RA will work on studies that aim to: 1) elucidate the genetic and neurobiological basis of impulsivity, personality, addiction, and other psychopathology; 2) investigate organizational factors that impact well-being, readiness, and turnover in service members exhibiting harmful alcohol use. The RA will also contribute to an upcoming clinical study utilizing multiple sessions of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to improve executive functioning in individuals reporting cognitive symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The RA will have the opportunity to present research posters and contribute to scientific publications. This is a good position for individuals seeking to conduct research and attend medical school or a PhD program in Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field. 


  1. Performs laboratory research projects, including collection and organization of data.  Makes detailed observations about experiments.  Provides basic data analysis and interpretation.
  2. Assists with the preparation of technical reports, summaries, study protocols, operating online survey platforms (e.g., MTurk), and preparing IRB submissions.
  3. Managing multiple study databases.
  4. Managing day to day research activities (e.g., purchasing supplies).
  5. Coordinate research studies using large open datasets as well as studies involving new data collection.
  6. Maintains compliance with established laboratory safety and other procedures.  Provides leadership in the proper disposal of infectious and hazardous materials.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience/skills in data management, working in a research lab, communicating effectively both orally and in writing, and working in a team setting.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Candidates with prior experience managing clinical intervention studies are preferred. Additionally, candidates with skills in data management (R, Python, Excel, SPSS), computer science (Python, R, Linux) and/or statistics are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years of laboratory experience

Physical Capabilities:  Requires long periods of sitting and standing

Work Environment:  Research laboratory environment

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names/contact information for 3 references to with ‘Research Assistant Position’ in the subject line by December 15, 2018.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Expected start date is January/February 2019.