Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Research Assistant I - Mobility and Falls Research Center

    Job Locations US-MA-Roslindale
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  • Overview

    This entry level research assistant will work on research projects within the Center for Translational Research in Mobility and Falls at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife.


    • In collaboration with others, carry out research activities on various studies related to the effects of noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation) on balance, mobility, cognition, and falls in older adults. Under the direction of research scientists, and reporting to the Project Director, perform a wide variety of duties related to the conduct and analysis of clinical research studies involving human participants.

    • Learn the principles of protection of human subjects in research and apply them to the conduct of research protocols, with particular emphasis on confidentiality and informed consent. Learn and comply with HIPAA regulations regarding the use of Public Health Information within clinical research studies.

    • Assist in the recruitment, scheduling and retention of study participants. Obtain informed consent from research participants, and work collaboratively with the study team to conduct study procedures.

    • Assist in the acquisition and analysis of experimental data.

    • Prepare and present data and statistical analyses within study team meetings, as well as professional scientific meetings and peer-reviewed journals, as directed.

    • Oversee the management and maintenance of laboratory equipment, ensuring that it is properly calibrated following manufacturer’s instructions, maintaining warranties and service contracts where applicable. Will be expected to train other lab personnel how to use lab equipment and be available to field problems and issues that may occur during research studies.

    • Maintain familiarity with current scientific literature.

    • The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, which would be in conformity with the level of the position.


    • B.S. degree in neuroscience, neuropsychology, kinesiology, biomedical engineering, or similar field. Working knowledge of motor control, biomedical signal processing and/or noninvasive brain stimulation techniques is preferred, but not required.

    • Experience and comfort in working with older adults in person as well as over the phone is strongly preferred.

    • Computer literacy required; experience with Windows, Word, Excel, and database management. Experience with analytical and statistical software is preferred but not required.

    • Must have an optimistic and positive demeanor, excellent oral and written communication skills, good intuition and the ability to adapt to changing priorities within the work environment.

    • Must exhibit respect for participant confidentiality, careful attention to details, good organizational skills and the ability to follow directions. Must demonstrate flexibility in regards to project demands; i.e., an adaptability to changes in schedules, coverage gaps, new technologies and unanticipated participant needs.

    • Must be extremely self-motivated and detail-oriented with excellent problem solving skills.


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