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Research Specialist (NeuroScience of Threat, Executive Function, & Motivation)


Research in the NeuroScience of Threat, Executive Function, & Motivation (NSTEM) lab focuses on understanding the impact of emotion and motivation on cognitive control in psychopathological disorders. Where we define cognitive control as the ability to flexibly adapt behavior to current demands, by promoting task-relevant information and behaviors over temporally-extended periods and in the face of interference or competition. We use to tools of cognitive affective neuroscience to address our primary questions including the use of standard cognitive tasks under conditions of threat and safety, pupillometry, as well as functional neuroimaging techniques. 

This position will be responsible for screening, assessing, and running potential participants diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders who will be asked to complete a neuroimaging and ecological momentary assessment study that will take place over multiple sessions. This position will also work to clean fMRI and pupillometry data using Unix and Matlab scripts.  

Previous data collection experience with behavioral, eye tracking, and/or fMRI assessment is preferred! 

This position is grant funded.

Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s). Collect and gather research data for research project.

  • Independently execute job functions for research protocol(s) including recruitment, scheduling appointments, obtaining written consent forms, collecting data by conducting phone or face to face interviews for research project(s).
  • Collaborate with senior research personnel regarding recruitment, data collection, outcomes of interviews, reports according to the needs of the study.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in psychology, neuroscience, sociology or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

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