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Apply now Job no: 242951-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

Are you interested in how emotional and brain processes are related to life experiences, cognition, health, and well-being? The Research Specialist will be responsible for scientific integrity of data collection, data cleaning, and data processing for the Emotion and Wellness Study, led by Dr. Stacey Schaefer, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds. Data collection includes in-person study visits, working with a participant one-on-one collecting a variety of questionnaires, cognitive/behavioral tasks, biomarkers (e.g. saliva and dried blood spots), psychophysiology (e.g. facial electromyography, heartrate, respiration and skin conductance), and neuroimaging (e.g. functional and structural MRI). This position requires good people and communication skills, and flexibility to work with people from a wide age-range and different backgrounds. Opportunities exist to learn a variety of data processing techniques and skills.

This individual may work on several related research projects examining the import of individual differences in the time course of emotional responses for varied domains including coping with stress, cognition, health, aging, and well-being.

This work will be done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Healthy Minds (CHM), which was founded and is led by neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. CHM's mission is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientificunderstanding of the mind. CHM is a leader in rigorous, interdisciplinary, basic and translational research aimed at understanding the mind and how to nurture well-being in ourselves and others.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to achieving the vision of the Center for Healthy Minds - to create a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. We seek candidates with an awareness of, commitment to, and experience in applying the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all spectrums.

About the Job:

Research Specialist (RE047)

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree
A Bachelor's degree is required. A degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field is preferred.


- Research experience with human subject data collection.
- Good communication skills.

These skills and experiences are preferred but an interest and motivation in acquiring them will be considered:
- One year of experience in a large human subjects' research laboratory. Relevant undergraduate experience may be
- Experience working with diverse community samples, minoritized, and/or aged populations.
- Familiarity with psychophysiological and/or neuroimaging data collection, processing, and/or analysis using tools such as
SPM, FSL, and/or Freesurfer.
- Familiarity with REDCap.
- Familiarity with computer programming tools such as R, Python, and/or MATLAB.

Additional Information:

This position will require occasional evening and weekend work with a weekend rotation schedule.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $39,400 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the required job qualifications, along with any relevant preferred qualifications and interests and goals.


Lisa Wesley
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Research Specialist(RE047)

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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