The Behavioral Health Research Lab at the New Jersey War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) located in East Orange, New Jersey, supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as Research Assistant (RA) for immediate hire.Position Summary:The RA works with a multidisciplinary team that develops and implements research studies. Our studies focus on determining effective mental health treatment options for Veterans with chronic and complex medical conditions. The RA’s primary responsibilities are to facilitate the successful execution of study protocols. This includes significant interactions with Veterans to meet recruitment targets through outreach, screening and enrollment; as well as data collection and entry. In tandem, the RA will be following standards set for human research protections and regulatory guidelines as established by national organizations, oversight committees, and the local Institutional Review Board. The RA is also responsible for ensuring that the data collected and inputted into the project databases are valid and appropriate for data analysis and interpretation. In addition, the RA works with the supervisor and other members of the research team to assist in preparing reports, journal articles, conference presentations, and developing new grant proposals to federal and non-federal entities. This position will begin remotely with the eventual need to be completely onsite at the VA Medical Center in East Orange, NJ. Position requires a firm commitment for 2 years with an option to renew.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:The RA will execute active studies according to the IRB-approved protocols.The RA will participate in recruitment efforts and the screening of potential participants. The RA will enroll eligible participants, as well as collect and enter data according to the IRB-approved protocols. The RA will work with the supervisor and research team to develop new protocols for screening, recruiting, and testing Veteran participants.The RA will follow the lab’s systems for tracking participants and assist with the development of systems for new studies.Qualifications:U.S. CitizenshipBachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology, Behavioral/Clinical Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology or related field followed by internship or externship experience conducting human subjects researchAt least one year of research experienceAdvanced interpersonal and communication skills; ability to work with diverse groupsProficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)About the Behavioral Health Research Lab:The BHRL team conducts research with Veterans suffering from chronic medical conditions, including chronic pain, Gulf War Illness, and other complex medically-unexplained syndromes (e.g., CMI). Our research focuses on understanding Veterans’ views of their health and developing innovative patient-centered behavioral interventions to improve quality of life and health outcomes. Areas of special focus (and potential areas of research) include behavioral treatment for chronic pain and CMI, suicide treatment/prevention, mental health service delivery through video and internet-based interventions, and elements of effective patient-provider communication.