Senior Research Assistant


Brown University


Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Principal Investigator

Jessica Alber, PhD



The position is for a Senior Research Assistant (SRA) to work on a study of retinal biomarkers in healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease – the Atlas of Retinal Imaging in Alzheimer’s Study (ARIAS). The SRA’s responsibilities include coordination and management of all day-to-day aspects of the study. Procedures will include consenting
participants administration of structured cognitive assessments, download and uploading of imaging data, retinal imaging acquisition, acquisition of biologic samples, and communication with potential study participants.
Additionally, this position will recruit and screen potential research participants in a timely fashion to meet enrollment deadlines, and schedule and oversee participant study visits, including brain imaging visits. The candidate will continuously evaluate participant progress in the study and alert appropriatemembersofthe research team to any abnormalities or problems associated with the patient’s response to research protocols. The SRA will oversee and delegate study tasks to the Research Assistant and student interns,including managing records and organizing and entering data for all aspects of the study, such as cognitive testing,retinal imaging, medical history and clinical interview data, and preparation and labeling of study materials. Responsibilities also include IRB document preparation, data management, and other research tasks assigned by study personnel. The SRA is expected to work with older adult participants and their study partners, as well as withall study personnel (e.g., imaging contractors) and related professionals as needed to advance the scientific aims and project related goals of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital.


Requirements: Education & Experience
• Required: BS or BA in Psychology, Biology, Neuroscience, or closely related field and 3-5 years’
research experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Preferred: Previous experience working with patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
• Preferred: Knowledge of experimental research methodology and knowledge of clinical research
• Preferred: Experience with computer applications, included word processing andexcel.
• Preferred: Previous experience with statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS), Python, MatLab, and REDCap
databasemanagement preferred.
• Preferred: Previous experience with administering cognitive assessment is a plus.
Job Competencies
Indicate the essential job competencies. Competencies are required knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to
perform the job successfully.
• Flexibility in scheduling is also required (e.g., willingness to occasionally work week nights and weekends
to accommodate participant schedules) and must provide their own transportation betweenresearch
• This position requires excellent time management and multi-tasking skills.
• Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication (verbal and
written)skills as well as good attention to detail, flexibility and ability to work well with team members.
• Ability to navigate Windows and Apple environments, as well as iPads, tablets for data collection and
• Familiarity with RedCap, Python, MatLab computer programming preferred.
• Prior experience or willing to train on the use of retinal imaging software and equipment.
• Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.