Multiple Positions, The Vanderbilt Stress and Early Adversity (SEA) Lab

September 27, 2022

The Vanderbilt Stress and Early Adversity (SEA) Lab, a highly collaborative research group exploring the early caregiving environment, neural correlates of early experience, and interventions to improve child and family functioning is hiring for four positions: a full time Research Assistant (RA-II); a part-time Recruitment Coordinator; a part-time Lab Manager (for a strong applicant, these part-time positions can be combined); and a postdoctoral fellow.

To apply: Please complete the online application (linked below in the job title).

Research Assistant II
The individual in this position will be involved in coordinating a longitudinal study and participate in many aspects of the research process, including recruitment of pregnant individuals and families into the study, scheduling and coordinating study visits, ensuring completion of a broad range of questionnaires and assessments, and providing administrative support to the study. Data collection for this study involves acquisition of MRI data, laboratory-based parent–child interactions, home visits, in addition to interviews to assess mental health and exposure to stress and adversity. Experience gained in this position will be particularly useful for those hoping to continue working in a research environment, including pursuing a graduate degree. An ideal candidate would remain in the position for at least 2-3 years. Previous relevant research experience preferred.

Lab Manager
The individual in this part-time position will have primary responsibility for lab management (high-level project management to support the lab infrastructure for multiple ongoing studies), including onboarding and offboarding of research assistants, maintenance of lab space and equipment, financial and budget oversight across projects, project reporting support, and development and curation of laboratory manuals and processes. While interest in science is desirable, no experience in scientific research is required.

Recruitment Coordinator
The individual in this part-time position will be involved with coordinating recruitment and retention activities across two longitudinal Nashville-based birth cohort studies. This would include community outreach activities, recruitment of pregnant individuals and families into studies, scheduling and coordinating study visits, and managing long-term retention strategies. An ideal candidate would be based in Nashville and be interested in maintaining a long-term position within the laboratory to facilitate maintaining relationships with participants over the course of the study. Applicants from groups underrepresented in research are especially encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellow(s)
Dr. Humphreys is looking for a postdoc to jointly work with Dr. Charles Zeanah on data from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Dr. Humphreys is open to sponsoring applicants for funding through the department’s T32 program in Developmental Psychopathology or in seeking F32 funding through NIH (or equivalent through NSF). If interested, please email Dr. Humphreys and include a CV.

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