Research Assistant
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info


Hourly Range:

$17.01 per hour

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:

The Research Assistant will perform essential tasks for an NIH-funded study in the dynamic, team-oriented lab under the supervision of the principal investigator. Housed in the Department of Psychology, the lab aims to understand how couples' relationships are linked to the activity of their cardiovascular and immune systems.

Specifically, the RA will help to develop study materials; run study visits in person with appropriate PPE and COVID-19 safety protocols; oversee and participate in data processing (e.g., transcription, behavioral coding, data entry and cleaning); spearhead and organize participant recruitment and scheduling efforts; help to train and oversee research assistants; screen participants for eligibility; interface with participants in a professional manner and respond to their questions and concerns in a timely way.

Essential Functions:

  • Data collection and processing. Help prepare study materials; run study visits with great attention to detail and process data after it has been collected.
  • Participant interaction and management. Spearhead and organize participant recruitment efforts, screen participants for eligibility, interface with participants in a professional manner and respond to their questions and concerns in a timely way.
  • Assist with training and supervision of undergraduate research students and other lab members in routine tasks.
  • Maintain lab equipment, order supplies and materials.
  • Assist with scientific and financial record-keeping and reporting.
  • Participate in regular lab and staff meetings.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's is required. A bachelor's degree in Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience is preferred.

Experience in a psychology or behavior neuroscience research lab is strongly preferred. Experience as part of a student school experience is acceptable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of how a behavioral research lab runs is preferred; ability to apply scientific reasoning for decision-making is strongly preferred; knowledge of database management is preferred.

Proficiency in Word and Outlook are required; use of database and statistical software (e.g., Excel, SPSS or equivalent, Access) is preferred.

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend
  • Squat
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Stand
  • Push/pull
Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by May 6, 2022.

Deadline date: May 20, 2022

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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