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Research Associate I, Psychological & Brain Sciences

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The Connectomics of Anxiety and Depression (CAD) Lab is housed in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. The lab is headed by Dr. Jeffrey Spielberg, Principal Investigator (PI). Relevant research in the lab seeks to identify and understand the manner in which brain connections become disturbed in pathological anxiety (e.g., panic, PTSD, worry), with a particular focus on the circuitry supporting motivation and executive function. We examine these circuits in both healthy and at-risk adolescents, with the aim of identifying neuromaturation changes that give rise to the increased risk for anxiety observed in adolescence. In this work, we are particularly interested in the contribution of pubertal factors (e.g., testosterone) and how related individual differences may place kids at greater risk for pathology. The position is temporary and may be renewed on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance. The position is ideal for motivated individuals interested in applying to graduate school in psychology or neuroscience in the future, as it will offer the opportunity for mentored research projects and developing manuscripts for publication. Ultimately, a 2-year commitment is strongly preferred. Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate I will oversee the management of IRB protocols, organizing data collection efforts, running participants through clinical assessments and MRI sessions, processing and scoring data, and monitoring the quality of data collection, among other research-related activities.


  • Using training and independent judgment to plan, schedule, and carry out day-to-day lab activities, procedures, and research studies, ensuring efficient workflow and adequate care and treatment of research participants. This includes assisting with data processing and analysis, manuscript editing, and scheduling lab meetings.
  •  Contributing to the development and implementation of protocols, procedures, and techniques relating to all aspects of the research, including Institutional Review Board applications.
  • Coordinating participant screening and recruitment, explaining all procedures to participants in accordance with pre-established protocols, and obtaining written consent to participate.
  • Working with PI to establish appropriate data collection procedures and coordinating the collection of behavioral, hormonal, neuroimaging, and clinical data.
  •  Keeping all lab data properly recorded, organized and stored for easy retrieval, and ensuring data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
  • Managing compliance with human subject protocols.
  • Overseeing the fiscal management of the lab by managing payments to study participants, monitoring supply inventories, and assisting with the managing of grants.
  • Assisting with conducting clinical diagnostic interviews, administering neuropsychological tasks, and running participants through MRI protocols.
  • Assisting with interviewing, training, and supervision of undergraduate research assistants; delegating work according to the individuals' skills, knowledge, and abilities.  Maintaining the lab website.
  •  Performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or related field, with at least two years related experience working or volunteering in a psychology or neuroscience lab, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience. 
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail. 
  • Dependable, reliable, and able to consistently adhere to a schedule.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions without direct input from a supervisor.
  • Ability to make people, particularly adolescents, feel comfortable in the lab setting using a professional, mature, and friendly demeanor.
  • Effective written and oral communication, human relations, and listening skills.
  • Ability to follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and supervise multiple undergraduate students, including making a lab schedule, delegating tasks, and coordinating responsibilities.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to make tables and organize complex datasets.
  •  Undergraduate coursework in statistical analysis and some experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R).
  • Experience in programming (e.g., MATLAB) as well as experience with MRI data collection and analysis (e.g., FSL, Freesurfer) is preferred.


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