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Research Assistant I

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The University of Texas at Dallas

Location :
Dallas, Texas

Expiry Date :
Sun, 06 Dec 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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Description :
We are currently seeking to appoint a Research Assistant I to the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS), a longitudinal research effort which investigates functional, structural, and cognitive changes in the aging brain over a 12-year period. The position is designed to provide specific management and scientific support to the principal investigator, Professor Denise Park. The person appointed will work closely with Dr. Park, and serve as a liaison to the DLBS research team. He/she will convene meetings, manage and author communications about the project, and play an additional important role in working with the project manager, Dr. Melissa Rundle. The appointee will stay in touch with the research teams organizing the database, and also perform other routine tasks, as assigned by supervisor. This is a great job for a recent college graduate who wants to prepare for graduate school or work within a challenging intellectual community. Specific Supervision: RA will be supervised by Dr. Park and will perform standard and routine assignments independently to conclusion. He/she will bring unusual problems and exceptions to procedures or processes to the attention of the supervisor. The role has two components: Scientific Management and facilitation of the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study and assisting Dr. Park in her role as Director of Scientific Research at the Center for Vital Longevity. The specifics are described below. – Organizing and Manage DLBS Team Meetings. The position will involve frequent communication with an extensive research team and will be the primary contact for integrating communications across different subgroups of researchers at multiple locations. – DLBS Report Monitoring and Preparation. Appointee will play a role in managing and preparing required grant reports and providing Dr. Park with updates and feedback on progress of DLBS teams assigned to specific tasks. The appointee will also be responsible for working on human subjects. – Liaison to Centre for Vital Longevity Staff for DLBS. Appointee will be familiar with the scientific activities and associated costs of the DLBS, and will play a key role as an interface between Center and grants administration and Dr. Park with respect to scientific activities and financial reporting in preparing and facilitating communication across investigators and institutions. Appointee will play a key leadership role in overseeing and monitoring the new database transformation project that is currently in development for the DLBS. Appointee will communicate regularly with financial manager for project and manage correspondence and deadlines associated with the project. – Direct laboratory experience. The appointee will be trained in some aspects of data management and analysis, which they will focus on when they are not performing the primary job requirements. CENTER FOR VITAL LONGEVITY – Support DR PARK’S Role as Director of Research at the Center for Vital Longevity. The appointee will provide administrative support and assist Dr. Park in her role as Director of Research at the Center for Vital Longevity. – Scheduling. This position will require, as well, management of Dr. Park’s calendar and scientific obligations. Minimum Education And Experience Bachelor’s degree in one of the basic sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience in customer service or in daily interactions in a public services environment. Preferred Education And Experience Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Management, Computer Science, or other related fields. Evidence of significant academic achievement or a record of experience in managing projects is desirable. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The ability to work on a team and communicate effectively is essential. The successful candidate will be reliable, possess excellent communication and organizational skills, and must be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of individuals, ranging from grad students and postdocs to older adult research participants. Competence with Microsoft Office and other basic computer skills are required. Commitment to research and ability to initiate needed actions and implement defined objectives without intense supervision are required. Willing to learn new things and take on challenges. Experience: The ideal candidate will possess prior experience working in a research setting and have excellent interpersonal skills as well as a strong achievement motivation. Essential Duties And Responsibilities – Organizing and Manage DLBS Team Meetings. The position will involve frequent communication with an extensive research team and will be the primary contact for integrating communications across different subgroups of researchers at multiple locations. – DLBS Report Monitoring and Preparation. Appointee will play a role in managing and preparing required grant reports and providing Dr. Park with updates and feedback on progress of DLBS teams assigned to specific tasks. The appointee will also be responsible for working on human subjects. – Liaison to Centre for Vital Longevity Staff for DLBS. Appointee will be familiar with the scientific activities and associated costs of the DLBS, and will play a key role as an interface between Center and grants administration and Dr. Park with respect to scientific activities and financial reporting in preparing and facilitating communication across investigators and institutions. Appointee will play a key leadership role in overseeing and monitoring the new database transformation project that is currently in development for the DLBS. Appointee will communicate regularly with financial manager for project and manage correspondence and deadlines associated with the project. – Direct laboratory experience. The appointee will be trained in some aspects of data management and analysis, which they will focus on when they are not performing the primary job requirements. CENTER FOR VITAL LONGEVITY – Support DR PARK’S Role as Director of Research at the Center for Vital Longevity. The appointee will provide administrative support and assist Dr. Park in her role as Director of Research at the Center for Vital Longevity. – Scheduling. This position will require, as well, management of Dr. Park’s calendar and scientific obligations. Additional Information Perhaps four or five times a year, the appointee will be asked if they are available to work outside of normal hours, but this will not be required. Will consider .75 appointment and/or flex time to deal with traffic and/or family commitments. . Important Message – All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public. – UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its programs and activities, including in admission and enrollment. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Director of Institutional Equity at or the Title IX Coordinator at , or call .