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Research Specialist | Center for Sleep & Circadian Science


This full time Research Specialist will be responsible for assisting with multiple aspects of a NIH-funded Center grant examining sleep, circadian rhythms, brain function, mood, and behavior in adolescents. This individual would have a primary responsibility for assisting with clinical interviews and instructing the adolescent participants about the behavioral intervention. Other duties would include data collection (behavioral tasks and fMRI scans). The research specialist will work closely with the study coordinator, other research staff, and the data manager, as well as with the staff of the Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center and the Magnetic Resonance Research Center. The ideal candidate is highly organized; detail-oriented; and possesses strong interpersonal skills including teamwork, dependability, flexibility, and leadership. The position will involve occasional evening and weekend hours.

This position is grant funded.

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


  • Conducting diagnostic interviews (including psychiatric, sleep, and substance-oriented structured interviews) and delivering the behavioral intervention. 
  • Data collection of study protocol, including behavioral tasks and fMRI scans.
  • Assisting with recruiting and enrolling participants, conducting study visits, and following participants through study completion.
  • Maintain a flexible schedule to ensure adequate numbers of assessments as outlined in the protocol.
  • Performs other research duties as assigned.
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Psychology, Neuroscience, Social Work, Sociology, or related research field.
  • Minimum of one year of work experience in a research project and/or related clinical setting is required.
  • Prior experience with conducting clinical interviews and/or behavioral interventions is preferred.
  • Previous experience with adolescents and/or families is preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of DSM-5 preferred.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends (including potentially on some Saturdays and/or Sundays).

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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