Center Research Assistant
detail-oriented, highly organized and innovative individual to support the overall operations of
the center and to promote CECEI efforts focused on family and community outreach. This is a
one-year position, commencing in September 2017, with the possibility of renewal dependent
upon performance and funding. Applicants must be available to work onsite 20 hours per week,
Monday through Thursday.
Background on the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention
CECEI, based in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, is a joint initiative
between the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education and the
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. The mission of CECEI is to
conduct high-quality research on early childhood education and early intervention programs in
order to inform State and Federal policy, to translate research into scalable education programs
and best practices, to build capacity in schools and communities, and to promote family
engagement in their children’s education.
CECEI Research Assistant Responsibilities and Qualifications
The Research Assistant will ensure that families, parents, teachers, and counselors have access
to resources and materials in order to inform their own policies and practices. In addition, the
Research Assistant will serve as a contact person when practitioners or community members
are in need of further resources or direction. Lastly, the Research Assistant will also support the
overall functioning of CECEI by focusing on communication, website development, social media
management, and supporting current projects.
Specific responsibilities include:
● Professional outreach in the form of assistance and potential leadership in the
development of white papers, blog posts, and other publications
● Disseminating relevant news, research reports, and topical discussions via social media
● Promoting family and community outreach (translation and application of research to
parenting/teaching) through social media
● Updating and maintaining the CECEI website and Twitter page
● Organizing meetings and CECEI professional development offerings
● Support the hiring of CECEI personnel (e.g., advertising, correspondence, interview
● Overall administrative support of CECEI
● Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education,
Human Development, Child Development or a related field
● Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
● Evidence of exemplary interpersonal skills
● Evidence of strong organizational and analytical skills
● Evidence of technology skills (Google Drive, social media, and Microsoft Office)
● Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education,
Human Development, Child Development or a related field (Current Doctoral students
are encouraged to apply)
● Professional work experience
● Experience as a research assistant, notably with website/social media responsibilities
● Experience implementing school and community engagement initiatives
● Experience organizing professional development for small groups
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment
opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age,
sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin,
marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically : Cover letter summarizing
qualifications; a current CV/resume; names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of
three individuals who may serve as references; and two writing samples (one formal, such as a
literature review, and one informal, such as an email to a colleague or a supervisor).
Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.
For best consideration, please submit all materials by 11:00 PM on September 10th, 2017. All
inquiries and applications should include the subject line “Center Research Assistant” and be
The Maryland ADHD Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park directed by Dr. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano is seeking a full-time research assistant beginning ASAP. In collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Center for Neurodevelopment and Imaging Research (CNIR) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Maryland ADHD Program has received funding to investigate reward responsiveness as a putative mechanism of change in an ongoing randomized clinical trial of behavioral activation treatment in college students with ADHD who are engaging in problematic alcohol use. This exciting project will combine bio-behavioral (i.e., computerized behavioral tasks; multimodal neuroimaging) and treatment outcome research to better understand mechanisms underlying successful treatment for college students with ADHD engaged in problematic alcohol use.
Research assistant responsibilities include recruiting and scheduling participants for research studies, data collection (MRI and computerized tasks), data processing and analysis (using neuroimaging software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI and matlab), assistance with IRB paperwork and general management of study operations. Key skills for this position include the ability to organize and manage time and multiple tasks, the ability to work independently, experience and proficiency with administering behavioral tasks (e.g., E-prime, Presentation) and neuroimaging software (i.e., SPM, AFNI, etc), and the ability to maintain effective communications and working relationships with other study team members, supervisors and participants. Research assistants will also assist with presentations for scientific conferences and manuscript/grant preparation.
Necessary qualifications include: 1) a BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or related field; 2) research experience collecting, processing or analyzing fMRI data; 3) proficiency with MATLAB; and 4) excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. This position is for one year.