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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 a Research Technician Associate 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 lower-income 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, as well as to identify factors that promote 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 where we are examining ecological variables across development that are associated with resilience and risk on neurobehavioral systems. This study is funded by NIMH.
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 an additional staff member 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.
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- 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 the Research Technician based on experience, time of the year, and lab needs. The new Research Technician 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 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. Both labs are committed to understanding resilience and identifying factors that promote success among families who have been marginalized and/or oppressed based on their socioeconomic status and/or identify. Thus there are a variety of areas of research focus for applicants to consider.
- 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
- 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
These positions are term-limited to one year, 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 2021, so that the new lab manager can overlap with departing lab manager for training.
The MiND and TaD labs value diversity, equity, and inclusion in research including goals to make the workplace diverse, equitable, inclusive, and supportive and to provide thoughtful interaction with participants that is culturally competent and humble and meets shared goals between researchers, participants, and communities. We particularly encourage applications from those who identify as under-represented and marginalized and value a lab with members who bring divergent viewpoints and experiences to our work.
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