Full-Time Research Assistants on the RISE Study

The MSU Autism Research Lab, directed by Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, is seeking one to two full-time research assistants to begin around June, 2021 for a recently funded multi-site NIMH Collaborative R01 study, under the direction of Dr. Brooke Ingersoll (Michigan State University), Dr. Alice Carter (University of Massachusetts Boston), Dr. Wendy Stone (University of Washington), Dr. Allie Wainer (Rush University Medical Center), and Dr. Sarabeth Broder-Fingert (Boston University School of Medicine).

This community-based randomized controlled trial will examine the effectiveness of training EI providers to deliver Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT) within the Part C Early Intervention (EI) system across four states (Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington and Illinois).

The research assistant(s) will be responsible for data collection and coordinating and assisting in assessment and training efforts. The MSU Autism Lab is a supportive and collaborative environment.  Research assistants will also benefit from broader training opportunities across sites.

This position is ideal for a candidate looking to gain additional research experience in clinical psychology before applying to graduate school. 

The ideal candidate would have –

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 1 year of research experience working in a research laboratory.
  • Demonstrated interest in intervention research and experience working with children, especially children with autism.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, including the ability to manage undergraduate research assistants and coordinate with off-site collaborators.
  • Strong computer skills, including word processing; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and SPSS software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work 40 hours per week. Hours are typically scheduled between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday but may be required to work outside these hours (evenings/weekends).
  • Experience with web design, database management, and video editing are preferred. 


Applications are being accepted immediately.  We require a one-year commitment, but we will prioritize applicants who are interested in a two-year commitment. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to: https://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/504002/research-assistant-i

To learn more about the MSU Autism Research Lab, please visit:  https://autismlab.psy.msu.edu/

To learn more about the RISE Study, please visit:  https://risestudy.wixsite.com/mysite