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ARRC Research Assistant/Coordinator

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Working Title: ARRC Research Assistant/Coordinator
Role Title: Laboratory & Research Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170188
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) is a research unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, VA. Directed by Warren K. Bickel, PhD, a recognized addiction researcher, ARRC is dedicated to understanding addiction and developing new treatments that repair the impaired decision-making processes common in addictive disorders. ARRC is looking for Research Assistants and Research Coordinators to work on research projects that include investigating the behavioral and physiological effects of drug use, alcohol dependence using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rtfMRI), electronic cigarette use and reduced nicotine cigarettes, remote alcohol monitoring to facilitate abstinence, neural correlates of HIV-risk behavior, and decision-making among people with obesity and prediabetes. Usually, a Research Assistant supports a scientist in the performance of various recruitment, technical, and data collection activities for research or laboratory programs. A Research Coordinator also supports research with recruitment and data collection activities and performs advanced level research responsibilities including coordinating regulatory responsibilities as well as data management and analysis for a principal investigator, project leader, and/or program/project manager. Appointments at the Research Coordinator rank will include additional experience in project coordination and team leadership. Both types of roles will serve as part of the research team working collaboratively and independently to collect and interpret human subject data for grant-funded research projects. Laboratory and research support responsibilities range from entry- to advanced-level. This position reports to the Program Manager. The duties of the roles will include but may not be limited to the following:
- Making significant contributions to the projects assigned and the achievement of the project’s research goals.
- Recruiting and screening volunteers to participate in a range of research studies examining decision-making in addiction and other health behaviors.
- Scheduling and confirming appointments for participant research study visits.
- Collecting and entering data from research participants per approved protocols, standard operating procedures, and experiment instructions.
- Administering assessments and structured interviews, collecting urine, saliva, and/or blood specimens, and performing on-site analyses during subject study visits, all according to research protocols.
- Research record keeping and subject payments.
- Maintenance of office and laboratory supplies inventory.
- Maintaining accurate and confidential records used for conducting and monitoring multiple studies.
- Conducting literature searches to gather background information for use by the Principal Investigator (PI) and other research team members in developing and evaluating research protocols and grant applications.
- Participating in research team meetings to report on research progress, improve data collection processes, assist with problem solving, and address protocol issues that arise during the course of research studies.
- Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

• BA/BS in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or related field, and/or the equivalent level of training and experience.
• Demonstrated data entry experience.
• Demonstrated organizational skills or experience with data management.
• Desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional qualifications for a Research Coordinator role:
• Demonstrated experience in research administration.
• Experience with basic laboratory protocols including proper handling of subject specimens, data collection, subject recruitment, subject assessments, and data management.
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience in one or more of the following research areas: psychology, addiction, neuroeconomics, or clinical trials.

Additional preferred qualifications for a Research Coordinator role:
• Proficiency with REDCap, Qualtrics, or similar survey tools and/or experience with statistical analysis.
• Experience with writing/amending and following IRB protocols and/or Standard Operating Procedures.
• Ability to effectively lead a small group and train others.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Occasionally employee may be asked to work late night, week-ends and holidays.

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Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Work Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: M-F 9-6, and as needed
Posting Date: 03/07/2017
Review Begin Date: 03/17/2017
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Restricted to university employees only? No
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