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Professional Research Assistant

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development (RADD) Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, directed by Dr. Roselinde Kaiser, is seeking to hire two Professional Research Assistants with skill in clinical or neuroscience research and database management. In the RADD Lab, we investigate brain functioning and mood disorders like depression across the lifespan. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI), and clinical approaches to address our research questions.

These two Professional Research Assistant positions in the RADD Lab will support a set of new and ongoing studies that investigate core neurocognitive markers that predict resilience and mood problems in adolescents and young adults. The position will be primarily focused on research recruitment, acquiring behavioral, app-based, EMA and neuroimaging data, and database management. Specific responsibilities will include recruiting and scheduling participants for clinical and neuroimaging research sessions (e.g., healthy individuals, individuals with depression or other mood disorders), data collection (computer-based, mobile app, MRI), and database management (using web applications such as RedCap; or statistical programs such as R), as well as support for general management of lab operations.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development (RADD) laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Roselinde Kaiser, is working to understand neurocognitive dysfunction in depression, including abnormalities in the structure, molecular signaling, and coordinated activity of brain networks involved in cognitive regulation and learning. We explore these topics from a developmental perspective, with a special interest in using neurocognitive risk markers to predict the onset and course of depression or bipolar disorders in teens or young adults. Clinically, we are testing how neurocognitive functioning may be enhanced to foster mood health, with the goal of translating basic science into improved treatment and emotional wellness.

The RADD Lab is affiliated with both the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder; The mission of the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) at CU-Boulder is to understand and enhance human cognition, learning, and development through the creation of interdisciplinary partnerships. ICS fosters rich scientific interchange across researchers from a broad range of fields including Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Philosophy, and Education.

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience; Through teaching, learning, research, and community outreach, we seek to promote scholarship at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience. Driving this mission is a deep, shared commitment to improving the human condition for all people.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Recruit and schedule participants for clinical and neuroimaging research studies (e.g., healthy individuals, individuals with depression or other mood disorders).
  • Data collection (computer-based, MRI).
  • Database management (using neuroimaging software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI; or statistical programs such as R) support for general management of lab operations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Lab Manager or PI.

What You Should Know

  • We have a flexible start date between June 1, 2023 – July 1, 2023.

What We Can Offer

Salary range of $40,000-$42,000 yearly.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or related field.
  • Research experience collecting, processing or analyzing data with human subjects.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform as an independent researcher (e.g., undergraduate thesis).
  • Some experience with R, unix, python, matlab or another programming language.

What You Will Need

  • Successful candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, be highly reliable, and enjoy working in a collaborative team atmosphere.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task efficiently and to coordinate activities across different research labs and investigators.
  • Prior experience in neuroimaging with clinical or developmental samples. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 professional references.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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