Research Associate, Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)

The EDGE (Examining Development, Genes, and Environments) Laboratory in the Departments of Psychology and African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University is recruiting a non-tenure track Research Associate (Instructor Rank). The purpose of this position will be to play a leadership role in the scientific management of a large portfolio of research projects, all of which have the broad goal of understanding how genetic and environmental influences contribute to the development of patterns of alcohol use and related behaviors, such as conduct problems and depression.

On-going research projects include twin studies; gene identification projects; and longitudinal, community samples of adolescents and young adults. The research associate will work with the project PIs and other EDGE faculty to contribute to scientific direction of the projects and track progress across projects and grants, assist with supervision of trainees; manage communication with external collaborators, help draft grant progress reports and IRB applications, organize assessment protocols and data files, as well as other tasks related to managing and running a large research laboratory. The applicant will have opportunity to be involved in research analyses and papers across the projects.

This position is 100% grant funded and the continuation of this position depends on the continuation of grant funds.

Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in psychology, genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related field. The applicant should have experience in academic research; strong verbal and written communication skills, to include excellent scientific writing skills; ability to manage and manipulate large-scale data and analyze and interpret scientific fields; and ability to work in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary environment.

Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse environment with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, and students. Strong detail-oriented organizational skills, and an enthusiasm for interacting with others is necessary.

Preferred: PhD in the above mentioned areas; experience managing high dimensional “-omics” data on a UNIX server; grant writing; and experience supervising others.

Application Process: Only electronic applications will be accepted. Please apply online at Please upload and submit a CV, cover letter, and the names of three references with your online application. Questions should be directed to Jessica Salvatore at Review of applications will start immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

“Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.”