University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 91927



Working Title:
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
A Bachelor's degree is required. A degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field is preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Well-qualified applicants will have the following required experience:
- A minimum of 1 to 2 years of experience in a large human subjects' research laboratory. Relevant undergraduate experience may be considered.

Well-qualified candidates will have the following preferred work experience:
- Experience with community samples and/or minority or aged populations.
- Research experience in behavioral, psychophysiological and/or neuroimaging data collection, processing and analysis.
- Computer programming skills in Bash, Python, and/or MATLAB.
- Familiarity with FSL and/or Freesurfer.
- Familiarity with R or similar statistical programs.
- Experience using Windows, Mac, and Linux in a secure environment.
  Position Summary:
 The Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) was founded and is led by neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. CHM's mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. CHM is a leader in rigorous, interdisciplinary, basic and translational research aimed at understanding the mind and how to nurture well-being in ourselves and others. CHM communicates these findings to the world, inspires scientists to conduct further research and engages influencers to shift the culture to embrace well-being.

The Research Specialist will be responsible for scientific integrity of data collection, data processing, and participant screening and scheduling for the longitudinal Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study and a comparative study collecting similar measures in a cohort from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP). MIDUS is a national longitudinal study of health and well-being. The primary purpose of this component of the MIDUS study is to examine how individual differences in the neural bases of different emotional response styles relate to health and well-being throughout the lifespan. The main goal of the study in the WRAP sample is to understand how different emotional response styles may increase a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Principal duties:
80% Data Collection, Data Management, and Data Processing:
- Conduct data collection involving self-report, behavioral, neuropsychological, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging-based methods.
- Assist with data processing of self-report, behavioral, neuropsychological, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging data.
- Ensure the quality and integrity of data collection by performing periodic quality assurance checks, problem solving, and managing research supplies.
- Track all study participants and complete data collection logs.
- Train personnel in data collection procedures.
- Study team coordination and management of undergraduate student workers.

20% Research Participant Recruitment & Screening:
- Screen participants and coordinate their participation schedules.
- Provide additional information to potential participants as needed.
- Work with participants to facilitate travel arrangements and provide support to ensure study retention.
- Follow up with participants as necessary.
  Additional Information
 A Criminal Background Check will be performed.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $31,113 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:OCTOBER 02, 2017
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
How to Apply: Please click on the Apply Now button to start the application process.

An applicant may be hired in to an Associate Research Specialist, Research Specialist, or Senior Research Specialist title dependent upon experience. Title will be determined upon hire.

For questions on the position, contact: Cassandra Kuen, or 608-262-0196.

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advanced notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Cassandra Kuen
Phone: 608-262-0196
625 W Washington Ave   
Fax: N/A
Kennedy Dairy Building   
Madison, WI 53703-2637   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.