Job Posting

Paid Student Research Assistant – 2019

Social Cognition and Addiction Neuroscience Laboratory - Department of Psychological Sciences

Position Information


Researchers at the University of Missouri’s SCAN lab are currently conducting a federally funded study that examines predictors of young adult drinking and alcohol-related problems. The researchers are looking for a paid, part-time student Research Assistant (RA) to assist with this study.

The RA will work closely with other study team members and will learn the study protocols, including administration of behavioral tests and the use of electroencephalograms (EEG) for the measurement of brain responses. When fully trained, the RA will assist with running experimental sessions in which questionnaires and behavioral tasks are administered, and in which the EEG is measured. This kind of experience is invaluable for students considering graduate school in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Medicine, or other health professions.

Before interacting with research participants, the RA must complete a brief online training on the responsible conduct of research with human participants. The RA must also take and pass the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) exam.

Key Responsibilities:
+ Prepare supplies/materials for the execution of experiments; cleaning up post-session
+ Administer study questionnaires; apply EEG electrodes for the collection of physiological data; enter data and check for accuracy and completeness; process EEG data for further analysis
+ Assist with scheduling student RAs for experiment and administrative tasks (e.g., data entry, scanning, filing)
+ Participate in weekly lab meetings

The position requires that the RA be available for up to four five-hour blocks of time per week. Specific shift times can be arranged around the RA’s class schedule, as long as the RA can be available for shifts lasting five hours. Evening and weekend sessions are common.

Required Skills

+ Minimum academic standing of sophomore
+ Minimum 3.00 GPA
+ Experience with Word and Excel
+ Interest in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, or alcohol research
+ Experience working within a team and a history of conscientious and reliable work habits
+ As extensive training is involved, RAs are asked to commit to work in the lab for 1 year

Preferred Qualifications

+ Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience or Electrical Engineering major preferred
+ Previous research experience

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

How to apply: Send an email to to request the Student Research Assistant Fall 2019 Application from the CLAS Study Research Coordinator.
+ Applicants should provide an updated resume or transcript with the completed RA application.
+ For more information about the Characterizing Low Alcohol Sensitivity (CLAS) research study, visit .
+ Student RAs may be able to earn PSYCH 2950/4950 credit.

We encourage students to include a resume or transcript when e-mailing a faculty mentor to apply for a posted position.