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Research Assistant III (Casual)



The casual Research Assistant III will perform research related functions in support of NIH-funded adolescent sleep research studies. 

This position is grant funded.


  • Assists study staff in providing coverage for adolescent participants during their overnight stays in the Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center (SBNC) laboratory.
  • Interacts with protocol participants, ensuring their comfort, safety and needs throughout the conduct of a study.  
  • Provides protocol participants with instructions on research procedures and the proper use of equipment.
  • Escorts participants to other sites (such as the Magnetic Resonance Research Center) as needed to fulfill the requirements of a protocol.
  • Assists participants during mealtimes on shift.
  • Assists with study procedures as specified by the protocol design which may include (but is not limited to) monitoring of various data acquisition devices, administration of forms and paper/pencil and computer assessments, collection labeling and storage of biological samples (e.g., urine, saliva) and accurately obtaining vital signs from participants and patients.
  • Assists with data projects as needed. 
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or GED required. Some college preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Prior research experience preferred.

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