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Boston University RESEARCH SPECIALIST,MED School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology in Framingham, Massachusetts

RESEARCH SPECIALIST,MED School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology 



Job Location

Framingham, MA

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Grade 45

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Job Description

The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (BU-ADRC) is one of 30 centers in the US that is funded by the National Institutes of Health to advance research on Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions.

The Framingham Heart Study Brain Aging Program (FHS-BAP) is responsible for neuropsychological, neurological, and brain imaging exams with participants in all FHS cohorts. The FHS-BAP provides ongoing surveillance of participants who have been flagged as possibly having cognitive impairment and does consensus review of flagged participants to determine endpoints related to whether they have dementia, to what degree, and due to which etiology.

This position involves work related to both organizations. The primary responsibility will be to work on the “Online Money Management (OMM) Study” (70% time) and the FHS-BAP studies, in particular a new study involving PET scanning.

The Online Money Management (OMM) Study requires a RA who can provide all the needed support in the implementation of a new study on decision-making in older adults. This involves developing web-based surveys, recruiting participants, collecting and coding data, conducting literature reviews, and maintaining databases and documentation.

The FHS-BAP projects require a RA who can administer neuropsychological testing in the lab or at participants’ homes, collect/code/enter data, write case summary reports for dementia diagnostic meetings, facilitate coordination with external collaborators, and provide any additional RA support for assigned projects.

Required Skills

This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. Minimum requirements include a bachelors degree in psychology or related field, some experience in research, a willingness to work non-traditional hours, proficiency with MS Office, and familiarity with academic (psychology and decision-making related) databases. Knowledge of basic statistics strongly preferred. SPSS and R knowledge is a big plus. Although this position will involve work with the BU-ADRC and the FHS-BAP, it is based at the Framingham Heart Study offices in Framingham. A valid drivers license and a car are required. Administering the novel task requires extensive training, judgement, and on-the-spot training along with excellent person-related skills. The project is focused on collecting data from both healthy older adults and those with clinical diagnosis of dementia. Some background training in neurodegenerative disorder is an added plus.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.