Research Assistant at Tulane University

The Child and Family Lab at Tulane University (PI: Dr. Sarah Gray) is seeking to hire a full-time clinical protocol / lab technician starting June 15 2017 through January 15 2019 (, funded by NARSAD / Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.  Research in the lab focuses on developmental and physiological consequences of exposure to early life stress in young children and related risk and protective factors.  Current lab projects include opportunities for both child and adult assessment, experience with trauma-exposed populations, and psychophysiological data acquisition and analysis (heart rate, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, pre-ejection period and skin conductance collected from mothers and children).  The employee will work closely with the Principal Investigator, graduate students and undergraduates on all aspects of the research project.
Primary responsibilities will be to help with recruitment of families, scheduling, preparing and running research visits with mothers and young children; analyzing data; operating computer systems, maintaining databases; coordinating undergraduate research assistants; maintaining paperwork; maintaining research visit and IRB protocols; and contributing to research reports, proposals and presentations. The lab coordinator will also be responsible for training all incoming students on data collection, data entry, and various lab tasks. There are also opportunities to facilitate relationships with local community partners for research and support services.

Requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent; experience in lab-based research; exceptional flexibility, organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills; and general computing skills including Microsoft Office. Preferred qualifications include a degree in psychology in a related field, experience working with human participants, statistical software experience (SPSS) as well as intellectual interest in our research focus. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with both children and adults. Experience with psychophysiological data collection is preferred but training in data acquisition and analysis will be provided. S/He must be able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, juggle and prioritize multiple tasks, working as part of a team and seek assistance when appropriate. Ability to provide own transportation to data collection sites in New Orleans is recommended. Typical work week is 37.5 hours but candidate must be willing to have flexible hours outside of 9-5, as many research visits are conducted in the evenings and weekends. This is a full-time position with benefits. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone planning on graduate school in psychology or related fields who wishes to obtain more research experience.

If interested, please send: (1) CV or resume, (2) cover letter detailing interests, relevant experience, and future career goals, and (3) contact information for three references to Dr. Sarah Gray ( Applicants may apply online formally at, Job Posting IRC 11383.