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Job ID: 127932

Research Assistant/Interviewer
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Date Posted Aug. 21, 2019
Title Research Assistant/Interviewer
University University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Buffalo, NY, United States
Department Buffalo Center for Social Research
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis
    Psychology - Behavior Analysis
    Psychology - General

The Research Assistant will gather psychological research data for federally-funded clinical research investigations through standardized clinical interview and research assessments. The studies explore how standard cognitive behavioral treatment can be adapted to meet specific characteristics of adults seeking treatment for alcohol problems, including the addition of emotion regulation skills. Principal Investigators Paul R. Stasiewicz, Ph.D. and Clara Bradizza, Ph.D., Professors, School of Social Work supervise the operations of these research studies.

The successful candidate will demonstrate attention to detail and excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and computer literacy skills. The candidate will value the importance of following research protocols.

The Research Assistant is given general direction for most tasks, receives more direct supervision when new or unusual processes are involved, and is expected to consult with the supervisor or project director as needed.

Job duties include:
- Screen incoming calls from potential participants, assist with eligibility determination;
- Describe the research study to the participant, obtain consent;
- Schedule and conduct research interviews in person and by telephone, administer a wide variety of objective tests, questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, and collect observational data;
- Develop and maintain good rapport with participants, and address any questions or concerns;
- Follow research protocols, assist with participant retention efforts;
- Review completed questionnaires for completeness, legibility and accuracy, follow up with participants to obtain missing data or clarify existing data;
- Enter research information into database, maintain required digital and paper records;
- Perform additional project related tasks as required.
A generous benefits package is available, including:
- Choice of several health insurance options, dental, and vision insurance;
- Flexible Spending Accounts (medical and dependent care);
- Fully paid basic life insurance and basic retirement plan;
- Vacation, sick leave, and holiday package, based on work schedule;
- Employee Assistance Program and Wellness Plan;
- Tuition Assistance Program providing partial tuition reimbursement to eligible employees;
- Some benefits are subject to a waiting period.

The Research Assistant will be an employee of the Research Foundation for SUNY. This grant-supported position has anticipated funding through March 31, 2021.

Minimum Qualifications
The following qualifications are required:
- Associates degree or two years formal training in psychology or related field;
- Six months experience conducting social science research with human subjects, including in-person interactions;
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational, and computer literacy skills.

Preferred Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field;
- Experience following research protocol;
- Experience with EndNote, Microsoft Word, and digital record-keeping is highly desirable.

About UB
The University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies ambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities to achieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed. Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to further knowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates who are valued for their talents and their impact on global society. Visit our website to learn more about the at Buffalo.
As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the Research Foundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and veteran or disability status.

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