Clinical Research Asst, 40 hrs

McLean Hospital(MCL) - Belmont, MA4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $36,000 - $52,000 a year
McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in the treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, research into the cause of mental illness and the training of generations of mental health care providers. McLean's multidisciplinary programs treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses across the full continuum of care.

A Research Assistant position is available within McLean Hospital - Harvard Medical School’s Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Laboratory, directed by Isabelle M. Rosso, PhD and Scott L. Rauch, M.D>. The lab is part of the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research at McLean Hospital ( We are seeking to fill a position on a study of the neurobiological basis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which will apply brain imaging, genetic, and psychophysiological research methods (e.g., fear conditioning paradigms).

A two-year commitment is requested. Renewal of the appointment is contingent upon performance, continued funding, and successful completion of a required period of evaluation. This position offers an excellent opportunity for college graduates looking for clinical research experience before applying to graduate school in psychology, neuroscience, or medical school.


Initiates and maintains contact with study participants. Responsible for screening applicants, ensuring they meet appropriate criteria, making independent judgment as to the suitability of their participation, and scheduling their study visits.

Develops, organizes, and/or maintains the study database. Responsible for data validation and quality control.

In conjunction with Principal Investigators, develops and implements new research protocols, institutional review board applications (IRB), and grant applications.

Conducts recruitment and telephone screening of prospective study participants.

Conducts data collection activities with patients/participants, such as: obtaining written informed consent, administering questionnaires, administering psychophysiological paradigms, and assisting with MRI scanning.

Assists PIs with literature searches, preparation of slide presentations, poster presentations, and written published articles, as required.

Participates in the training of newly hired staff, as required.

Performs all other miscellaneous research and administrative duties as assigned.
All McLean team members are expected to consistently demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.


Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of clinical research protocols.
Excellent organization skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
Careful attention to detail.

Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects rights and individual needs

BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience or related field, required.

Must have undergraduate or graduate coursework in neuroscience and/or psychology, or prior human subjects research experience in the areas of neuroscience, psychophysiology, and/or brain imaging.

Experience working with adults with PTSD, anxiety, or with trauma histories, is preferred, but not a requirement.

Knowledge of basic statistical analysis methods and use of statistical software package(s) (e.g., SPSS, JMP, SAS)
Knowledge of clinical research methods and design, and research protocols.
Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with study participants and research collaborators.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Careful attention to detail (required for data entry and processing of neuroimaging data).
Analytical skills, the ability to resolve technical or research problems, and the ability to critically check data to prevent errors.
Ability to work as part of a team (e.g., share duties with another research assistant when recruiting and running study participants; complete components of data analysis, slide presentations and manuscript preparations with the PI).
Excellent planning, organization, and prioritization skills, with the ability to independently monitor and complete a variety of complex tasks.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
Ability to demonstrate professionalism in the workplace.
Ability to demonstrate respect for participants’ rights and individual needs.

All employees must possess basic computer skills to use a variety of electronic or online systems for communication, clinical and administrative purposes.

EEO Statement

It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy including, but not limited to, lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation.

Primary Location: MA-Belmont-McLean Hospital Main Campus
Work Locations: McLean Hospital Main Campus 115 Mill Street Belmont 02478
Job: Technician/Technologist/Scientist
Organization: McLean Hospital(MCL)
Schedule: Full-time
Standard Hours: 40
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Recruiting Department: MCL Research
Job Posting: Mar 11, 2019