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Interdisciplinary Research Coordinator:

(Posted 7/24/2019)

We are currently seeking a full-time Social Science Research Coordinator to assist the Initiative’s three coordinating professors.  The research coordinator will be seated in the offices of the Symbiotic Project on Affective Neuroscience (Spanlab; led by one of the Initiative’s coordinating professors; https://stanford.edu/group/spanlab/) and work most closely with Spanlab members on NeuroChoice-funded neuroimaging and behavioral investigations of the neural correlates of incentive processing. Although these investigations are broadly designed to produce results relevant to psychopathology and decision-making, current efforts center on addiction research.

In addition to research-related duties, the research coordinator will be expected to coordinate the Initiative’s monthly meetings and assist another of the coordinating professors in the activities of the Initiative’s policy arm, the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy (SNAP).

Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, or related field preferred.  Strong attention to detail, organizational and interpersonal skills are essential. Facility with statistics and computers, including the Linux operating system and programming/scripting highly desired. Prior fMRI experience and familiarity with AFNI strongly preferred. Must be a quick learner, able to work independently, and demonstrate initiative. Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule is preferred as it is useful for accommodating study participants’ availability.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Establishing and managing existing relationships with addiction treatment facilities
  • Recruiting and scheduling substance-use disordered and healthy control research participants
  • Collecting human subject data (including MRI scanner operation, semi-structured clinical interviewing, neurocognitive testing, and other behavioral data collection)
  • Data organization, processing and analysis
  • Preparing amendments, submissions, compliance reports, and continuing reviews for the Stanford IRB
  • Assisting with journal article and report preparation and submission
  • Training and supervising undergraduate research assistants
  • Supporting the activities of the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy (SNAP)
  • Supporting meetings of the overall group and sub-teams
  • Maintaining and updating group emails lists and websites
  • Assisting with planning for any special events (e.g. symposia, visiting scholars)
  • Assisting in the hiring of new staff as needed
  • Assisting with purchasing and reimbursements for senior scientists
  • Assisting faculty leads in organizing personal meeting schedules and travel arrangements as-needed
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