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Clinical Research Assistant - Behavioral Health

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Institute of Living


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
Shift Details: Some weekends and holidays

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The Institute of Living, one of the first mental health centers in the U.S., remains one of America’s leading not-for-profit centers for patient care, research and education in the fields of behavioral, psychiatric and addiction disorder. Through our dedicated, experienced and skilled clinicians, we provide patients and their families with the highest quality of personalized care. Programs are offered for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental illness as well as offering services specializing in Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Geriatric Services.

Job Summary

We are seeking an excellent and motivated post-baccalaureate clinical research assistant (CRA) to join a National Institute on Mental Health funded study on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The new hire will be integrated into the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center in Hartford, CT and trained to conduct research on both psychiatric populations and community controls.

This project is a collaboration of the Autism & Functional Mapping Laboratory, directed by Dr. Michal Assaf, and the Steele Lab, directed by Dr. Vaughn Steele. Overlapping lab expertise allow us to combine methods (fMRI and TMS) in clinical populations (ASD) in a novel study of social cognition.

CRAs will work closely with the PIs and other CRAs and are expected to help recruit, screen, and run community members with and without ASD through the study. A two-year minimum commitment is required. 

A great attitude, excellent communication skills, ability to work effectively in a team, take initiative, and lead are highly desired. Opportunities to present at conferences and to write papers are available (commensurate with skills and experience). In-depth training and personalized mentoring will be provided on an ongoing basis. This position will likely be enjoyable, challenging, and educational as it will serve as an ideal springboard for graduate school in psychology, medicine or neuroscience. 


  • BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or related field (strong applications from candidates with other backgrounds will be considered)
  • Research experience in a related area is desirable
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and time-management skills
  • Strong attention to detail as well as ability to work independently and in a team
  • Psychological/human research experience in an ASD/clinical/cog-neuro lab is preferred
  • Strong computing skills including programming experience (MATLAB, Python, or others) and experience analyzing data is preferred
  • Neuroimaging analysis experience and statistics experience are a big plus

We take great care of careers.

As a Hartford Healthcare entity, The Hartford Hospital Institute of Living provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working in a thriving centrally located urban community:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs
  • Located on the Institute of Living’s historic park-like grounds designed by Frederick Law Ohlmsted

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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