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Student Research Assistant

Social Cognition and Addiction Neuroscience Laboratory - Department of Psychological Sciences

Position Information


The Social Cognition and Addiction Neuroscience Laboratory (SCAN lab) is recruiting conscientious and motivated undergraduate students to assist with a federally-funded research study that examines alcohol sensitivity in laboratory and real-world contexts. The purpose of this investigation is to increase the understanding of factors that can lead to alcohol-related problems in some people. Student Research Assistants (RA) will help SCAN lab investigators collect data on study participants’ responses to alcohol-related cues, for example, pictures of alcohol or the smell of alcohol. Duties include preparation of supplies and materials used in study tasks; assisting with the collection of electroencephalograms (EEG) from study participants; post lab-session clean-up; tracking supply use; maintaining work availability in a shared calendar; and conducting various administrative tasks like data entry, scanning, and filing.

This kind of hands-on laboratory experience is invaluable for students considering graduate school in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Medicine, or other health professions. Before interacting with research participants, student RAs must complete a brief online training on the responsible conduct of research involving human participants. Student RAs must also take and pass the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) exam.

Required Skills

* Minimum academic standing of sophomore
* Minimum 3.00 GPA
* Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
* Ability to understand ethical principles and adhere to federal rules governing the protection of human research participants
* Able to work a schedule of some weekend and evening hours

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience working within a team and a history of conscientious and reliable work habits
* Experience with Word and Excel
* Interest in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, or alcohol research

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 are encouraged to 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.
* As extensive training is involved, student RAs are asked to commit to work in the lab for one year.

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