Hebrew SeniorLife

  • Research Assistant I - Mobility and Falls

    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. This position will involve assisting with study start-up activities, recruitment, and data collection for studies using noninvasive brain stimulation in older adults.


    • Under the supervision of the Project Director, 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.

    • Learn and comply with HIPAA regulations regarding the use of Protected Health Information within clinical research studies.

    • Assist in the recruitment, scheduling and retention of study participants. Conduct screening procedures over the phone as well as in person, and obtain informed consent from research participants.

    • Assist in the acquisition of experimental data, including administering noninvasive brain stimulation, cognitive assessments, study specific questionnaires, and subsequent data entry.

    • Receive training on various relevant research technologies, including transcranial direct current stimulation, movement sensors, functional neuroimaging technology, etc.

    • Maintain familiarity with current scientific literature.

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

    • 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, psychology, kinesiology, or similar field, including relevant clinical or academic research experience. Previous work with older adults is strongly preferred.

    • General computer literacy required. Experience with REDCap or other electronic data capture system is helpful. Experience with analytical and statistical software is preferred but not required.

    • Must have excellent interpersonal skills, both in person and over the phone.

    • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.

    • Must be extremely self-motivated and comfortable balancing independent and collaborative work.

    • Must demonstrate flexibility in regards to project demands; i.e., an adaptability to changes in schedules, coverage gaps, new technologies and unanticipated participant needs

    • Shows careful attention to details and compliance with participant confidentiality.

    • Access to a car for local travel for local travel within the Boston area for study related activities.


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