Research Assistant

How to Apply

To indicate interest, send a cover email and resume/CV to

Position Summary

The primary purpose of the position is to conduct data collection for human-animal interaction research, with a specific focus on a nationwide clinical trial of service dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families. Data collection will be conducted remotely, so it will consist of telephone calls, video calls, emails, mailing, and text messages. On-site work is required to compile study packages to send, receive and process samples, and maintain the laboratory environment. The position will be part of an inclusive team environment.

Responsibilities and Duties

Although other duties may be assigned as needed, the core duties and responsibilities of this position are:

Data Collection

Work directly with research participants nationwide, including military members and veterans as well as their spouses/partners to collect clinical trial data.

  • Connect with participants: Conduct telephone calls with research participants to: invite them to participate, build rapport and relationships, provide advice/guidance in study tasks, schedule assessments, troubleshoot, and be the primary point of contact
  • Prepare study materials: Put together materials to send to participants (e.g., study booklet, assessment devices), send participant payments
  • Process received study materials: Unloading materials, sanitizing devices for next participant, uploading data
  • Data entry and collation: Data entry from any written materials, using spreadsheets to collate basic data for monitoring reports
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant records

Data Tracking

Data entry and collation, review and tracking of timelines and supplies.

  • Data entry, checking, and cleaning
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant records
  • Compile data status reports (e.g. participant recruitment, safety, completion, timelines)
  • Download and compile data for analysis and interpretation by research team
  • Order supplies and liaise with suppliers
  • Obtain, store and track received research samples
  • Track and maintain schedules (e.g. participant timelines, device allocation)
  • Compile, update, and track IRB and PACUC documentation as directed


Provide guidance to undergraduate students working with the team, who can assist with study materials and data entry.

  • Assist in organizing and facilitating undergraduate tasks and teamwork
  • Participate in helping lab members with tasks where needed
  • Foster and maintain an inclusive, productive working environment


Maintain laboratory space and equipment

  • Maintain organization of physical and virtual spaces and files
  • Oversee the cleanliness and tidiness of equipment and environment

Qualifications and Skills

The minimum qualifications and skills for this position are:

Education and Experience

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Neuroscience, Education, Public Health, Social Work, Nursing, or related field.
  • Experience in research and participant communication preferred, but not required.


  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team skills (in person, writing, and telephone)
  • Professional and amicable communication style
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Willingness to be flexible in daily tasks (integrate multiple tasks into work day)
  • Ability to work alone or with people with varied backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently under moderate supervision
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel

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