Job Posting

Student Research Assistant (unpaid)

Social Cognitive and Addiction Neuroscience (SCAN) Lab - Department of Psychological Sciences

Position Information


As extensive training is involved, volunteer Research Assistants (RA) are asked to commit to work in the lab for at least one (1) academic year. An academic semester as an unpaid RA is a preferred qualification for a paid RA position in the SCAN Lab.

An unpaid RA will help SCAN Lab investigators set up lab sessions and 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 set-up of electroencephalograms (EEG) from study participants; post-EEG and lab-session clean-up; training study participants on the use of the CLAS Study mobile phone app; tracking supply use; maintaining work availability in a shared calendar; and conducting various administrative tasks like file back-up, data entry, scanning, and filing.

The full title of this NIH-funded investigation is Characterizing Low Alcohol Sensitivity (CLAS) in Laboratory and Real-World Contexts. The Principal Investigators have updated study procedures to comply with current pandemic safety guidelines, as recommended by the CDC and as required by the University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences.

Required Skills

* Sophomore standing and a minimum 3.00 GPA
* Experience in a team collaboration environment
* A history of conscientious, detail-oriented work habits
* Ability to understand and apply ethical principles governing the protection of human research participants
* Demonstrated ability in personal/work/extracurricular time management

Preferred Qualifications

* Excellent interpersonal skills and experience in being able to clearly articulate complex ideas to others
* Experience in working under an established code of ethics
* Completed six (6) credits of behavioral and/or social sciences and six (6) credits of biological sciences or chemistry
* Previous research experience
* Experience in working without close supervision

Faculty Mentor or Sponsor

Other Comments

How to apply: Send an email to to request the SCAN Lab Student Research Assistant Fall 2020 Application form.
Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2020.

* Before interacting with research participants, student RAs must complete an online training on the responsible conduct of research with human participants (
* RAs must also take and pass courses offered through the UM System Skillport: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Campus Emergency Alert Training, Global Cybersecurity Basics, and Discrimination Prevention and Title IX.
* An academic semester as an unpaid RA is a preferred qualification for a paid position in the SCAN Lab.
* This kind of hands-on laboratory experience is invaluable for students anticipating graduate school in neuroscience, public health; medicine, or other health professions.
* Students pursuing careers in electrical, biological, or biomedical engineering; social sciences; strategic communications; science journalism; and other fields will benefit from involvement in a research environment.

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