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Research Assistant


Research Assistant

  • req3087
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery - the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It's a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive.

The Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) advances multidisciplinary research and training on the neuroscience of addictions and related neurobehavioral disorders. Research Assistants perform a variety of routine, non-technical duties in assisting technical and professional personnel in a research laboratory setting.

Typical Duties

Typical duties include performing general lab maintenance by obtaining, cleaning, and sterilizing instruments, glassware, and equipment; wrapping, labeling, and preparing specimens; and setting up and monitoring equipment. They may be responsible for checking stock, ordering supplies, and keeping records. Assistants may also handle basic information intake, record and track results, and provide logistical support by helping prepare space, materials, and equipment. They may work independently or as a member of a team. They work under general supervision, resolving most standard issues independently and referring complex issues to an upper-level manager. Assistants typically report to a manager or director or may report to a department administrator.

Typical Education and Experience

- Computer skills including word processing, data entry, spreadsheet, database management, and entry level statistical/programming skills required.
- Clinical skills, including fundamental clinical skills such as
establishing rapport, maintaining participant motivation, empathetic
responding, ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, and
ability to use clinical judgment in (rare) emergency situations.
- Organizational skills, including understanding of HIPAA regulations, VCU Office of Research Subjects Protection (ORSP) procedures.
- Ability to work in a diverse environment required. Ability to work around a MRI machine.
- Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree
or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience
working with adolescent populations is preferred.

Job Specific Physical and Cognitive Requirements

Must be able to work around an MRI machine.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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