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The Perinatal Health Neuroscience Lab directed by Dr. Julie Spicer in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY, seeks a talented and motivated Clinical Research Coordinator to assist in conducting an ongoing study funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The purpose of this study is to examine the roles that maternal stress and mood play over pregnancy and in the maternal brain during early parenthood, with a special focus on stress exposures associated with low socioeconomic status. The lab in general is interested in the transmission of stress and mood from caregivers to offspring in early life and specializes in the collection of a variety of measures including psychological, behavioral, physiological and brain activation via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The Clinical Research Coordinator is an entry-level human subjects researcher, responsible for conducting and assisting in human subjects research studies under the supervision of the Principal Investigator or senior research staff. This includes recruitment and enrollment of study participants as well as conducting study sessions. Comfort with physiological and computer equipment is essential. The position also requires strong interpersonal skills and an interest in working with our study population: i.e. women during pregnancy and the early postpartum as well as their infants. Additionally, the individual assists in the preparation and submission of applications (e.g., Institutional Review Board, Grants and Contracts Office) and research articles for publication. Some data management and analysis will be expected, and there will be opportunities for research presentations both in lab and at national conferences.
The majority of the individual’s time and effort will be allocated to conducting the funded study described above, but the individual also will assist in ongoing lab projects as needed. The position is an excellent opportunity for training and often serves as a stepping stone to graduate school. Highly qualified and enthusiastic candidates are sought with previous experience and interest in any of the following: social, affective, clinical, developmental and health psychology/neuroscience and the study of intergenerational transmission of stress, mood and health. Please contact Dr. Julie Spicer with questions or inquiries.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conducts human subjects research including, but not limited to: recruiting participants, screening participants for eligibility and obtaining informed consent.
- Assists in the collection, analysis and review of experimental data for publication and presentation.
- Maintains source documents and subject files in accordance with Mount Sinai policies and procedures. Ensures accurate, confidential and complete compilation of data.
- May secure and ship clinical specimens as required by the protocol.
- Performs other related duties including supporting efforts in grant preparation and journal article publication.
- Bachelors degree in psychology, neuroscience or related field preferred, or a combination of relevant research experience and education.
- 1-2 years of research/human subjects experience, previous research/human subjects experience preferred.
- Entry proficiency in appropriate human subjects techniques.
- Experience with SPSS and Matlab a plus, but not required.
- Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational, problem solving and analytical skills (seeking a detail-oriented and conscientious orientation).
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