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Research Assistant II - The Wilckens Laboratory in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Science


The Wilckens laboratory in the Center for Sleep and Circadian Science is focused on understanding the role of sleep-in cognitive health. The current study will examine whether a behavioral sleep intervention improves sleep in older adults with sleep difficulties, and whether these sleep improvements lead to improvements in cognition and pathophysiological markers of Alzheimer’s disease.  The Research Assistant II will be unblinded to our sleep intervention randomization, this means that the Assistant will be calling participants to ask them how the intervention is going and asking them questions about their sleep, sleepiness, and risks associated with sleepiness during the intervention. They will also be debriefing participants and discussing with them their experiences in the study. They will be part of Data and Safety monitoring meetings. They will lead the team’s efforts in recruitment and community outreach. Data entry and processing is also part of the position, and they will perform research related functions in support of a grant funded research project.

This position is grant funded.


  • Interview and debrief participants who are participating in the sleep intervention.
  • Lead recruitment and community outreach for our study to enhance diversity among our sample of participants.
  • Participate in data and safety monitoring meetings and discuss sleepiness-related risks with participants
  • Perform entry level research related functions in support of a research project(s).
  • Perform basic clerical and/or data entry functions.


  • High school diploma required. Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a similar field is preferred.
  • Experience interacting with patients or clients preferred.
  • Experience in a clinical setting is preferred.
  • Ability to sort and file reports and records that have already been classified or that are easily classified in a simple serial classification system (i.e. alphabetical, chronological, or numerical).
  • Ability to read, write, and perform simple arithmetic calculations in order to maintain department files and routine records.
  • Ability to frequently interact with patients in a friendly and respectful manner.

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  • Act 34 with renewal

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