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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Please include your GPA and undergraduate institution (if applicable) in your cover letter as well. Note that all of your application materials must be combined into a single document.

In addition to applying online with your cover letter and resume, please send your most recent academic transcript (college transcript if available; unofficial transcript acceptable) and 2 letters of recommendation directly to mindlaboratory@umich.edu.

Job Summary

The Michigan Neurogenetics and Developmental Psychopathology (MiND) lab, directed by Dr. Luke Hyde, and the Translational and Developmental Neuroscience (TaD) lab, directed by Christopher Monk, are searching for Research Technician Associates for two projects. These projects examine the development of adolescent and young adult risk and resilience from multiple levels of analysis (using fMRI, molecular genetics, longitudinal approaches, and psychiatric interviews with families and young adults from low-income neighborhoods). The Research Technician will help to coordinate and collect data on multiple projects including the MTwiNS project and the SAND project.

MTwins is a longitudinal study of families with twins ages 10 – 18 living in impoverished neighborhoods funded by NIMH and NICHD. The goals of the study are to understand the impact of neighborhood impoverishment on neural and behavior development related to antisocial behavior and resilience.

The SAND is a longitudinal study of families from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Study participants are now young adults (age 20 – 24) and visiting our lab in Michigan to examine the impact of poverty-related stressors on threat and reward neurobehavioral systems.  This study is funded by NIMH and focused on the structure and development of RDoC constructs.

Both studies include families or young adults visiting the lab for a full day visit including an MRI scan, psychiatric interview, family interaction tasks, biospecimen assay (e.g., saliva, blood), and survey measures.

These projects currently need additional staff with experience with data management/MRI processing and training and oversight of undergraduate students in the lab, as well as project manager roles (i.e., recruitment, travel logistics). For more information about the MiND lab please visit: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mindlab/ and the TaD lab visit: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/monk-lab/.

Duties for this position will include coordinating projects (e.g., training undergraduate students on their projects and tasks, scheduling and recruiting participants, organizing and cleaning data), doing in-home and in-lab visits with children, families, and young adults (including psychiatric interviews, administering self-report measures, and supervising undergraduate assistants), running participants through MRI scans, and processing and analyzing MRI data. As some of these projects are being done jointly with other labs, the position will entail coordinating with these other labs. Thus, much of the position will include collecting data from and interacting with families and young adults and the other portion will include logistics and data management.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Responsibilities*

  • Testing participants, doing home visits and running children through MRI protocol
  • Analyzing and processing data, organizing data, and archiving data
  • Working on projects to effectively manage large amounts of data and working with IT and other labs to design efficient IT systems for the data
  • Participant scheduling and recruitment
  • Visit management (e.g., preparing for family visits, coordinating travel logistics)
  • Helping coordinate projects
  • Supporting other members of the lab
  • Assisting with IRB submissions
  • Coordinating with other labs
  • General laboratory maintenance

The amount of time in some of these activities (e.g., data organization versus preparing for visits) will vary somewhat for each Research Technician based on experience, time of the year, and lab needs. New Research Technicians may be hired to be part of one project or the other or may share time across projects.

A very successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to the writing of grants and empirical papers.  Both labs focus on understanding the impact of adversity on brain and behavioral development and Dr. Monk’s lab focuses on internalizing outcomes, whereas Dr. Hyde’s lab focuses on externalizing outcomes. Thus there are a variety of areas of research focus for applicants to consider.

Required Qualifications*

  • High school diploma or Associate's degree
  • 1 year of research experience
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Experience interacting with families and children
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to psychology, child development, or neuroscience
  • Experience in several of the following areas: psychiatric interviewing, working with high risk families in the community, computer programing experience (e.g., Matlab, R, command line), and experience with fMRI

Additional Information

Please note that there are up to 5 openings available.

These positions are term-limited to one year and renewable depending on funding and performance. However, note that the aim of the position is to be for at least 2 -3 years as the position will require large amounts of training (within funding likely beyond 2 years).

Start date is flexible depending on applicant availability but would ideally be during May or June of 2020, so that new lab managers can overlap with departing lab managers for training.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.