|The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic (GBSMRC) is looking to hire staff research associates who will have responsibility for project coordination and/or data management and analysis on our NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials. |
One project tests a transdiagnostic sleep treatment for people who meet diagnostic criteria for a severe mental illness (SMI) in a community setting at multiple sites in the Bay Area (i.e. Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont, Pleasanton, Alameda, etc.). The position requires a creative thinker and problem-solver who can maintain the integrity of the scientific study while adapting flexibly, with empathy and caring, to the needs of clients who have been diagnosed with a SMI and who are often facing multiple challenges such as unemployment, homelessness and/or poverty. We are looking for a project coordinator with the interpersonal skills to inspire confidence, liaise and collaborate, and motivate participation. Our new team member must also have excellent organizational and writing skills; demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through; and experience developing research within community settings. Applicants must have a California Driver's License and be willing to travel to conduct assessments and project coordination at multiple sites, including board and care homes, participantsÃ homes, and community-based organizations and clinics. Applicants interested in developing skills in community-based or dissemination research are particularly encouraged to apply. Work hours for this position will generally be 9-5 Monday Ã± Friday.
A second project combines the clinical and cognitive sciences to test a novel treatment for people who meet criteria for depression. This position necessitates a creative thinker and problem solver who can maintain the integrity of the scientific study, while being able to adapt to unforeseen challenges. Equally important is the need of the incumbent to demonstrate empathy and warmth in their interaction with participants suffering from a variety of mental illness, principally major depressive disorder. It is essential that the project coordinator has the attention-to-detail, concentration, and discipline to watch tapes of therapy sessions to identify nuanced micro-elements of the new treatment being tested. Also required is that the Project Coordinator possess strong interpersonal skills to liaise, collaborate, inspire confidence, and motivate both team members and clients alike. This new team member must also have excellent organizational and writing skills, demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through, and experience in developing research within research settings. This position demands precision and attention to detail, as well as excellent organizational skills. Applicants with a cognitive science background are particularly encouraged to apply. Work hours for this position will generally be 9 am-5 pm, Monday Ã± Friday, however, these hours must be flexible in order to accommodate participantsÃ schedules. The incumbent will be expected to work 20-25% of their hours on evenings or weekends to conduct assessments or phone interviews, and will work with the other project coordinators to provide a coverage schedule.
We are also interested in building our team by adding members talented in data management and data analysis, particularly those with experience with Access and Excel for data management, multiple regression and multilevel modeling, and proficiency in R programming and/or Stata is preferred.
The incumbent will report to the Principal Investigator and Lab Director and work closely with the other Project Coordinators.
Psychological Assessment - Ã¯ Psychological evaluation of study participants. Has latitude and flexibility to determine experimental outcomes. Literature Review, Analysis, Writing - Ã¯ Conducting literature searches and referencing; statistical analysis of data; writing analysis for research papers; assisting with preparing grants. Study Implementation and Coordination - Ã¯ Ensure that our research protocol complies with federal and institutional guidelines for human subjects research: involves determining when and how research protocol needs to be amended and writing and revising descriptions of our Institutional Review Board protocol and forms. Ã¯ Liaising and collaborating with both the university (P.I., assessors, therapists, data manager, research assistants, staff members) and community (case managers, psychiatrists, medical staff members, managers of community-based centers and organizations at multiple sites. Ã¯ Implementing and coordinating study procedures, including actigraphy and the recording of assessments and treatment sessions. Ensure study timelines are met: includes enrolling participants; tracking participants' progression throughout the studies; and ensuring that participants complete post and follow-up assessments, and do so on time. Ã¯ The role also involves identifying if enrollment is falling behind our timeline and much then immediately alert the PI and the team and institute a problem-solving approach to diagnose where in the chain the problem is occurring. Ã¯ Scheduling participants for sleep diaries, assessments, and treatment, sending out reminders as appropriate; and scheduling assessors, therapists, and research assistant sleep diary collectors. Ã¯ The role also involves identifying if a participant may drop-out and then immediately alert the PI and the team and institute a problem-solving approach. Ã¯ Compensating participants with gift cards and bus passes; assisting with transportation arrangements when necessary. Ã¯ Training, coordinating, and overseeing research assistants for collecting sleep diaries and other research tasks. Study sites and Tolman lab Management - Ã¯ Organization, maintenance, and cleanliness of shared rooms, supplies, and storage. Ã¯ Liaising with building engineer/electronics tech/IS&T/CNS to keep computers, phones, and other technical equipment running optimally. Monthly maintenance on computers. Ã¯ Daily server and other file back-ups as needed. Ã¯ Updating, upgrading, and installing new software and hardware, including actiwatches. Ã¯ Keeping lab technical records and media storage current. Ã¯ Facilitating repairs. Ã¯ Purchasing supplies and preparing reimbursements.Knowledge and Skills: Ã¯ California Drivers License, a vehicle, and willingness to travel to and conduct assessments and project coordination at multiple community sites, including board and care homes, participantsÃ homes, and community-based organizations and clinics. Ã¯ Experience working in academic research environment. Ã¯ Experience working with people with mental illness (e.g. suicide hotline volunteer, peer counselor, research with participants with clinical diagnoses). Ã¯ Proficiency with standard software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.) Ã¯ Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Ã¯ Proven project coordination and organizational skills. Ã¯ Excellent organizational and professional writing skills. Ã¯ Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through. Ã¯ Demonstrated ability to handle multiple fluctuating priorities and deadlines. Ã¯ Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well as part of a team. Education/Training: Ã¯ Bachelor's degree or higher, with at minimum coursework in abnormal/clinical psychology, statistics, and research methods.