School/Unit: College of Humanities and Sciences
Department: AFAM Studies
Purpose of Position:
This position is a Research Associate (Instructor rank), professional faculty position to play a leadership role in the scientific direction and management of a large, highly-funded research lab housed within the Departments of Psychology and African American Studies. The successful candidate will contribute to a large portfolio of research projects in the laboratory, all of which have the broad goal of understanding how genetic and environmental influences contribute to the development of patterns of alcohol use and related behaviors, such as conduct problems and depression. On-going research projects include twin studies; gene identification projects; and longitudinal, community samples of adolescents and young adults.
The employee acknowledges that this position is grant-funded. The employee understands that the continuation of this position depends on the continuation of grant funding.
Research: Core responsibilities of this position include working with the project PIs and other EDGE faculty to contribute to scientific direction of the projects and track progress across projects and grants, assist with supervision of trainees; manage communication with external collaborators, help draft grant progress reports and IRB applications, organize assessment protocols and data files, as well as other tasks related to managing and running a large research laboratory. The applicant will have opportunity to be involved in research analyses and papers across the projects.
Administrative: Core responsibilities of this position include administrative tasks as related to the research: assisting with supervision of trainees, communicating and scheduling calls and meetings with collaborators; working on grant proposal development, solving data issues, and understanding data needs.
Service: Faculty member will serve on departmental, College and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field.
Required Qualifications:Master's degree with a focus in psychology, genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics or a related quantitative social science discipline;
Hands-on experience extracting, analyzing and interpreting data;
Extensive experience with reporting and statistical software to produce high quality results and analysis (preferably SAS and R);
Strong project management and organizational skills;
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; and
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Preferred Qualifications:PhD in above mentioned areas;
Experience managing high dimensional "-omics" data on a UNIX server;
Grant writing experience and
Experience supervising or working with postdoctoral trainees and students.
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