We have an opening in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School for a part-time (20 hours per week) Lab Technician (Researcher I) working as part of a team of researchers investigating resilience in new military recruits. The Lab Technician will work primarily on MRI data acquisition and processing as part of a longitudinal study of new military recruits examining neurobehavioral mechanisms that may underlie resilient functioning in the face of extreme stressors and challenging occupational environments.
75% MRI data acquisition and processing support:
Work with the Project Coordinator to accurately screen and identify eligible participants for the MRI component in accordance with research protocol, Good Clinical Practice, and University of Minnesota Policies.
Perform MRI scans on human subjects, which will require some work on evenings and weekends.
Escalate concerning findings as needed in accordance with established protocols.
20% data entry and management (e.g., ensuring accuracy and completeness of records):
Maintain detailed records of all MRI’s and laboratory procedures in laboratory logs, databases, spreadsheets and web-based applications.
Assist with data cleaning and management per established protocols.
Conduct background literature research on current methods and ethics for using MRIs in research.
Develop reports to share study progress with PI’s during routine lab meetings.
Maintain professional clearances/human studies training in order to be fully qualified to work with sensitive data as promulgated by the IRB, HIPAA, VHA, and other regulatory agencies.
Independently maintain organized records and files.
Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, reports, posters and presentations.
The Principal Investigators for this study are Melissa Polusny, PhD, LP and Christopher Erbes, PhD, ABPP and this study is being conducted within the Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) Research Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The study is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). This position will be funded for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal pending funding.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS or a combination of related education and relevant work experience to equal four years. Willingness to work flexible schedule - some scheduling of lab visits on evenings and Saturdays and Sundays may be required.
Undergraduate coursework in psychopathology and/or biopsychology
Experience working in research or healthcare setting, specifically a mental health setting.
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