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Estimated Pay $24 per hour
Hours Full-time
Location Austin, Texas

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Job Posting Title:
Research Engineering/Scientist Associate I, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dell Medical School

Hiring Department:
Department of Psychiatry

Position Open To:
All Applicants

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

FLSA Status:

Earliest Start Date:

Position Duration:
Expected to Continue Until May 31, 2025


Job Details:

General Notes

This is a grant funded position with an end date of 5/31/2025, renewable based upon availability of funding, work performance, and progress toward research goals.

This full-time position will assist with ongoing and new research studies in the Fonzo Lab at Dell Medical School, UT Austin, which are funded by NIMH and several private foundations. There will be opportunities for on-the-job professional education, training, and co-authorship on research manuscripts from laboratory work. Applicants must provide a resume/CV, a letter of interest, and at least three professional references with contact information of individuals who can speak to their aptitude for the position.

Final candidate will need to provide official BA/BS degree verification documents from the granting institute.


The research associate will be responsible for recruiting subjects and coordinating scheduling of participant visits, participant reimbursement, and other administrative duties, maintaining positive relationships with research participants and laboratory volunteers, and organizing and facilitating meetings and educational opportunities. The associate will furthermore assist in collection of data, including clinical interview, self-report, functional neuroimaging measures acquired on a magnetic resonance imaging scanner, and electroencephalograms in healthy individuals as well as those with affective disorders, including bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. Candidates will also have the opportunity to organize data and assist the principal investigator with data analysis and interpretation, manuscript writing, and presentation of results.

  • Develop, conduct, and analyze research projects as part of a team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate assistants.
  • Assist the lab with subject recruitment and administrative duties.
  • Assist with manuscripts and publications.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, neuroscience, engineering, computer science, or another STEM-related field. Professional demeanor with tact and respect at all times. Ability to address individuals and health-related information with a high degree of sensitivity and confidentiality in various delicate, formal or urgent situations. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work independently and troubleshoot difficulties. High level of self-care and stress management skills. Outstanding organizational and time-management skills. Demonstrated critical thinking skills and excellent attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to work well with a broad group of faculty, staff, and students, including the willingness and ability to train and oversee volunteers, undergraduate, and graduate students. Applicant must be comfortable working in an MR scanner environment, and eventually in operating the scanner (on the job training will be provided). Must be comfortable interacting with and working with people living with psychiatric disorders, including eventual conduction of clinical interviews (the PI will provide training). Must be willing to occasionally work some nights and/or weekends as needed to facilitate data collection and/or impending deadlines. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior research experience actively working in data collection in a psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, or human subjects biomedical research laboratory is a plus, but not required. Previous experience with MRI and/or electroencephalogram acquisition or analysis is a plus. Background in and experience with programming, statistics, and imaging methods preferred. Experience in standardized behavioral/neuropsychological assessments and clinical research is also preferred.

Salary Range

$40,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • May work in all weather conditions.
  • May work around standard office conditions.
  • May work around electrical and mechanical hazards.
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.
  • Use of manual dexterity.
  • Lifting and moving.
  • Occasional weekend, overtime and evening work to meet deadlines.

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV
  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded. Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

Employment Eligibility:
Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.

Retirement Plan Eligibility:
The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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