Research Assistant/Lab Manager for the Human Pleasure Project

August 11, 2021

The Human Pleasure Project (part of For Goodness Sake LLC; PI: Joshua Buckholtz PhD) is seeking a Full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate for exciting projects focused on the science of human pleasure and
flourishing. For Goodness Sake LLC has developed an online, resource-based intervention that improves women’s’ sexual agency, advocacy and pleasure. The Human Pleasure Project was created to identify the
cognitive mechanisms through which person-centered interventions that enhance sexual pleasure and agency increase overall well-being.

Primary Objectives:

  • Understanding how the experience of sexual pleasure and agency influence other forms of well-being, such as social connectedness, positive affect and hedonic responsiveness, stress resilience, selfefficacy, and productivity.
  • Uncovering latent patterns of individual difference in the experience sexual pleasure and well-being
  • Discover how beliefs about pleasure develop, spread and change within social networks
  • Create novel objective measures for assessing multiple aspects of reward, motivation and belief (e.g.,hedonic insight, granularity, implicit attitudes toward pleasure.)

We are committed to making the job productive, educational, and enjoyable. It will require hard work, but it is an ideal way to learn more about psychological research and develop your talents. If you intend to apply to
graduate school, this job is an excellent addition to your CV. We will do everything we can to support your career. This is a full-time position based in Cambridge, MA (though remote work will be considered for
exceptional candidates). The position offers a competitive salary, a healthy work/life balance, and a great benefits package, including health, dental, vision, life and gym.

Responsibilities
The RA’s primary responsibilities will include: (1) working with the team to design new studies; (2) organization and preliminary analysis of archival data; (3) developing SOPs for data acquisition, quality control and storage; (4) ensuring regulatory compliance by working to develop and maintain IRB protocols. Other responsibilities include developing and maintaining a research infrastructure and assisting with administrative tasks.

Requirements
B.A., B.S. or equivalent with background in a quantitative social or behavioral science (e.g. psychology, neuroscience, economics, public health, data science). Individuals with a background in biomedical (e.g.
neuroscience, bioengineering) and computer science will also receive consideration. Candidates should have proficiency with basic computing packages such as MS Word and Excel, as well as standard statistical
analysis software (e.g. MATLAB, R, SPSS).

Familiarity with any of the following will confer a considerable advantage: expertise with R and/or Python; experience with social network analysis, Machine Learning/Natural Language Processing, latent variable analysis (e.g. latent class/profile analysis).

Strong interpersonal skills, prior research experience, high level of organization with careful attention to detail,
and comfort with technical skills are absolutely required. This position requires a high degree of motivation and self-sufficiency, although extensive training and supervision will be provided.
Details

To apply, please email a brief cover letter describing relevant experience, research interests and career goals, CV and contact information to Dr. Joshua Buckholtz (PI, Human Pleasure Project; Head of Research, For
Goodness Sake LLC) at jobs@fgsake.org.

ABOUT THE COMPANY
For Goodness Sake conducts large-scale scientific research to gather discoveries about taboo parts of life from tens of thousands of people. We then spread that knowledge through user-centered, radically open and
honest online experiences.

OMGYES.com is our flagship product, tastefully and straightforwardly presenting the array of ways women have discovered to have more sexual agency, confidence and pleasure. Psychology Today called OMGYES, “warm, wise, tasteful and fun.” The London Times called it, “nothing less than the next wave of an unfinished sexual revolution.”

We’ve enjoyed great success and profitability from an increasing rate of organic word-of-mouth growth and MDs and clinicians recommending OMGYES. Our next phase of growth is to scale our process so we can research and create impact in other important parts of life.

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