We have an opening in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School for a full-time Lab Technician (Research Professional 1) working as part of a team of researchers investigating the use of noninvasive neuromodulation for improvement of cognition in Veterans with a history of concussion. The Lab Technician will serve primarily as the study contact point for participants, managing recruitment, scheduling, maximizing retention, and ensuring participants have a positive experience.
This multi-site study is funded by the Department of Defense and conducted in collaboration with the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM under the direction of Davin Quinn, MD. The Site Principal Investigator for Minneapolis is Nicholas Davenport, PhD. This position will be funded for a minimum of 30 months, with the possibility of renewal pending funding.
40% Recruitment and screening:
Identify eligible Veterans based on specified criteria for inclusion and exclusion.
Prepare and conduct diverse mechanisms of recruitment, including patient records, flyers, and provider referrals.
Conduct screening by phone to establish and document eligibility.
40% Communication with participants
Build and maintain rapport with participants to maximize retention across the duration of study participation.
Coordinate scheduling of study visits that minimizes burden on participants and study staff. Consistently document scheduling, communicate changes in a timely fashion, and provide reminders as needed to minimize cancelled or missed visits.
Attend study visits as needed to facilitate continuity across study elements.
10% Data collection
Assist MRI Assistant and Neuromodulation Assistant as needed to facilitate collection of high quality data.
Administer structured interviews, neuropsychological assessments, and self-report surveys as needed
Develop reports to share study progress with PI and study staff 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.
Assist with data cleaning and management per established protocols.
Conduct background literature research on emerging scientific reports relevant to long-term cognitive disruptions associated with mTBI and neuromodulation interventions.
Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, reports, posters and presentations.
Assist PI and collaborators with basic data analyses to address the stated aims of the funded research project
BA/BS or a combination of related education and relevant work experience to equal four years.
Ability 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.
Experience establishing and maintaining rapport with Veterans in a mental health and/or research setting.
Experience managing and maintaining records related to recruitment, data collection, and derived measures
Internal Number: 338388
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