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Clinical Research Interviewer/Research Associate

Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Fralin Biomedical Res. Institute
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

An NIH-funded Clinical Research Interviewer is being sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks Casas at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion ( in Roanoke, Virginia. Projects in the labs are highly interdisciplinary and combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging and in vivo electrochemistry to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, trauma, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). This is an excellent opportunity for a detail-oriented person who enjoys interacting with others, being a key part of a diverse and active scientific environment and working with individuals with varied mental health difficulties.

The Clinical Research Interviewer will primarily be responsible for the administration of clinical interviews such as the Structured Clinical Interviews for DSM-5 and the Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia, as well as various symptom or neuropsychological assessment measures to determine study eligibility. Applicant must have knowledge and experience utilizing the DSM-5, and will be expected to possess subject matter expertise in psychiatric diagnostic assessment across adults and adolescents. The Clinical Research Interviewer will also be expected to implement crisis management procedures, and assist with neuroimaging. Other duties may include participant recruitment/screening and oversight, and general clinical research management and supervision of research assistants.

The successful team member will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and must work well independently and in team settings. Applicants must also be skilled in monitoring and adjusting priorities, time management, and problem solving. The Clinical Research Interviewer is an essential member of the research team. Knowledge of clinical research methods and research project regulations such as Institutional Review Board protocols is preferred, but not required. Training and supervision will be provided for all aspects of the position. Some evening and/or weekend work will be required. Preference will be given to candidates willing to make a two-year commitment.

Required application materials: Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, contact information for two references. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to final consideration.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and will end when the position is filled. Expected start date is June 2024. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Required Qualifications

1. Graduate degree in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work or related fields
2. Demonstrated experience in adult or adolescent psychiatric research or patient care
3. Experience in the administration of standard psychiatric assessments

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience with semi-structured psychiatric diagnostic interviews (including Kiddie Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM 5, or Mini Neuropsychiatric Interview)
2. Empirically supported psychotherapy or research experience with major depression, anxiety disorders, trauma disorders, substance use disorders, and/or neurodevelopmental disorders.
3. Prior supervision or crisis management experience

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Brittany Shelton at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Applications close: Open until filled

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Last Updated: 5/1/24