The Department of Psychology is hiring a full-time Project Assistant within the NeuroEndocrinology of Social Ties (NEST) Lab. The NEST lab focuses on family dynamics across the transition to first-time parenthood. Our longitudinal USC HATCH (Hormones Across the Transition to Childrearing) Study follows new parents from pregnancy across their first year postpartum and incorporates neuroimaging and biobehavioral measures from both parents, with a focus on fathers. We are also following an additional sample of new parents recruited during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic through our CHIRP (Coronavirus, Health, Isolation, and Resilience in Pregnancy) Study.
The Project Assistant will work with the PI of the lab, Dr. Darby Saxbe, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and staff, to help launch a new follow-up wave of the HATCH Study, assessing families when their child has reached grade-school age. Overall, a successful candidate will have experience working in a behavioral research lab, can manage several projects at the same time, be able to work independently and as a member of a research team, have good interpersonal skills in relation to interacting with study participants, and have excellent organizational, verbal, and written skills. Interest and experience with neuroimaging is a plus. The position will require in-person work but will allow for remote working when appropriate. The Project Assistant will be needed to run lab visits with families, which sometimes occur on weekends and evenings, so a flexible schedule with willingness to work non-traditional hours is ideal.
This is a grant funded position.
Some job duties include:
Coordinate study participant visits (e.g., recruitment, screening, scheduling)
Run participant visits for data collection
Train and supervise undergraduate research assistants
Assist in preparing and editing study protocols, manuscripts, grant proposals and other technical documents
Arrange and attend meetings and other events related to the projects within the lab.
Coordinate data storage and shipment of biomarker data
Oversee data entry and backup of data
Purchase necessary materials for the lab and handle reimbursement requests for the PI and other lab personnel
Preferred Education and Qualifications:
Bachelors degree, particularly in social or natural sciences (e.g., Psychology, Neuroscience)
Relevant research experience
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
Basic knowledge of statistics and familiarity with statistics software packages is a plus
Knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and institutional research regulations as well as Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and HIPPA regulations.
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: High school or equivalentMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.