The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one ABCD Lead Research Assistant (8352P3: Researcher Professional 3) responsible for executing all tasks associated with the ABCD (Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development) protocol which include eighteen neurocognitive assessments and seventy interview or self-report instruments designed to assess eligibility criteria, psychopathology, medical health, parental/peer/romantic relationships, impulsivity/temperament/personality, and nicotine/alcohol/drug use. In addition to these responsibilities, the Lead Research Assistant will review data to assure quality, will provide the study PIs with regular reports, and will transfer data to the ABCD Informatics Center. Day-to-day supervision, scheduling, and monitoring of a several ABCD Research Assistants and Undergraduate Students is required. This individual will work closely with the ABCD research participants assessing complex psychological traits so required qualifications include: a bachelor’s degree, ABCD research experience and knowledge of the RedCap data management system. Preferred qualifications include: detailed knowledge of ABCD protocol, working relationship with external ABCD staff, a prior lab leadership role, outstanding communication and problem-solving skills.
(10%) Recruits Research Participants:
ABCD Lead Research Assistant contacts study participants; describes study goals, assessment tasks, confidentiality limitations and potential risks; plus schedules assessment appointments.
Obtains informed consent;
Answers participant question and conducts a family de-briefing at the end of the visit;
Maintains required assessment documentation.
(40%) Interviews Research Participants:
Complete in-person and phone assessments semi-annually, annually and bi-annually.
Conduct interview and self report assessments including: ABCD eligibility criteria, KSADS (child psychopathology), PhenX demographics, Child Behavior Checklist, Child and Youth Resilience, Peer & Romantic Relationships, PhenX Early Adolescent Temperament, PhenX Big Five Inventory, Parental Monitoring, PhenX Children's Motivation Scale, Peer Group Deviance, PhenX Peer Substance Use and Tolerance, PhenX Disapproval of Substance Use and Perceived Harm, PhenX Patterns of Use, Alcohol/Tobacco/Marijuana Expectancies Questionnaires, Hangover Symptom Scale, Cannabis Withdrawal Scale, Subjective Response to Alcohol/Tobacco/Marijuana, PhenX Anthropometrics, PhenX Tanner Staging, Pubertal Development Scale plus other assessment instrument;
Conduct neurocognitive assessments – including: NIH Toolbox Visual Acuity Test, Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test, Flanker Inhibitory Control and Attention Test, Oral Symbol Digit Test, Picture Sequence Memory Test, Stroop Task, Phenx Delayed Memory Task, Emotional Go NoGo, Iowa Gambling, Delayed Discounting plus other neurocognitve tasks;
Runs participants through the mock MRI scanner.
(10%) Collects NeuroHealth Data from Research Participants:
Collects biosamples (blood, saliva, hair, breath, urine and other possible biosamples) as required by ABCD protocol.
Collects MRI data including operator training, safety training and participant safety screens. Gets Principal Investigator and CMRR approvals when required. Attends monthly CMRR meetings for 3T-C Magnet to resolve use and operation issues.
(25%) Acts as a Liaison between ABCD Team and PIs, ABCD Coordinating Center and Data Analysis and Informatics Center:
Communicates and implements Principal Investigator (PI) directives with four ABCD RAs.
Analyzes data and prepares reports for Principal Investigators and other research staff.
Primary contact with ABCD Coordinating Center (CC); Implements CC standard operating procedures (SOP); Coordinates annual CC site reviews; Contributes material to SOPs; Works closely with CC liaison, Margie Hernandez.
Primary contact with ABCD Data Analysis and Informatics Center (DAIC); Assists with the implementation of ABCD IT, RedCAP, PII Database as directed by the DAIC; Takes responsibility for data cleaning projects requested by the DAIC; Works closely with DAIC liaison, Paul Shilling.
Communicates with other ABCD sites (22) Lead RAs to improve operations at the UMN site, weekly coordinator meetings.
Participates in ABCD Coordinating Center Train-the-Trainer sessions at UCSD
(15%) Supervises ABCD Team:
Performs supervisory responsibilities related to hiring, performance review, work assignment, grievance adjustment, discipline and suspension of three ABCD RAs and three undergraduate students.
Monitors assessment scheduling and assessment staffing.
Tracks and approves absence requests in the HR system.
Trains other ABCD Team members and evaluates readiness to execute assessment protocol.
Monitors progress to goals and reports progress at MCTFR Executive and ABCD meetings.
Member of the MCTFR Executive Committee.
ABCD Lead Research Assistant is appointed by the MCTFR’s Director and reports to him and ABCD Principle Investigators. Position is 100%-time and classified as a civil-service appointment. Appointment will provided health, dental, vacation and sick-time benefits plus is covered by Social Security and Minnesota State Retirement System. Position requires a background check and applicant must verify authorization to work in United States. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.
BA/BS plus at least 4 years of experience or advanced degree plus 2 years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years.
At least one year of experience with ABCD assessment protocol.
Knowledge of RedCap data entry, management and reporting tools
Required to work evenings and weekends with ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule.
Prior research experience interviewing research participants, conducting structured clinical interviews, neuropsych tests and collecting biosamples – including drawing blood and MRI assessments.
Participated in ABCD Coordinating Center Train-the-Trainer session at UCSD.
Detailed knowledge of ABCD Confluence resources
Working relationship with ABCD Coordinating Center Staff and other site lead RAs
Excellent verbal communication skills.
Problem-solving skills and attention to detail to work independently and assure accuracy.
Demonstrated skills at leading research laboratory and improving its operational excellence by analysis of data, tracking progress and making personnel work adjustments when needed.
Internal Number: 333774
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