Research Assistant, Child Development Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park. To start January 2020. One position is open for a full-time research assistant to work on a new research project in the Child Development Lab. This multi-site project is investigating the effects of prenatal substance exposure and early adversity on neurodevelopment. The study will involve recruitment and retention of a large cohort of mothers and infants to be assessed via MRI, EEG, behavioral, and eye-tracking. Primary responsibilities include recruiting from prenatal clinics around the metro DC region (including several predominantly Spanish-speaking neighborhoods), scheduling visits, facilitating participants’ travel to the research venue, and assessing pregnant women and over time their infants. The RA will assist in evaluating longitudinal retention success and generating materials to support and educate pregnant women regarding substance use.
Required education: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Human Development, Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or a social science related field.
Flexible schedule on evenings and weekends is required, as well as comfort working in low-income neighborhoods.
The successful applicant should be a native Spanish speaker with very good communication skills in both English and Spanish. The position requires excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail, as well as organizational and problem-solving skills. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with basic and/or clinical research laboratories, have experience working with children (and preferably, pregnant women) in a research/clinical context, and should be able to describe their previous success with participant recruitment and/or family engagement.
The job is available beginning January 2020 and requires a two-year commitment. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV and the names and email addresses of two references to Nathan Fox, and Jamie Listokin, .