Part-time Research Assistant, Minority Stress & Trauma Lab

  • Part-Time Job
  • Research Assistantship
  • Syracuse, NY

Website SyracuseUpsych Syracuse University

The research assistant position is critical to research conducted in the Minority Stress & Trauma Lab. Our lab is dedicated to understanding and addressing issues related to stigma-related stressors and sexual and relationship violence among sexual and gender minority (i.e., LGBTQ+) people. The person in this position will support specific projects that aim to (1) identify help-seeking facilitators and barriers among sexual and gender minority survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Central, Upstate, and Western New York; (2) understand risk factors of PTSD symptoms and alcohol misuse among sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals; and (3) develop and implement affirmative interventions for trauma-exposed sexual and gender minority populations. The research assistant will be assigned 1-2 active research projects to oversee and implement, under the guidance of Dr. Scheer (the PI) and several senior research coordinators and doctoral students.

Work will include (1) collecting physiological, cross-sectional, longitudinal, and qualitative data; (2) website and social media management; (3) managing IRB protocols; (4) helping with grant management; (5) managing our lab’s email; (6) recruiting, paying, and retaining participants; (7) coordinating weekly lab meetings and workflow; and (8) assisting with submitting research findings for conferences and peer-reviewed publication


A bachelor’s or master’s degree in an area of health, social, or behavioral sciences; prior experience and interest in conducting research in the field of social science and health; demonstrated evidence of organizational skills and attention to detail; strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills; advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); and demonstrated experience and interest in conducting quantitative data analyses via SPSS, R, or another similar software program.

Job Specific Qualifications

Demonstrated skills and interest in working in research with trauma-exposed minoritized populations, including LGBTQ+ populations, people living in poverty, Veterans, racial/ethnic minority people, women, and those living in rural areas.


  • Working with Dr. Scheer to coordinate grant milestones and contribute to annual grant reports.
  • Modifies and plans research experiments, standard operating procedures, clinical interviews, and survey instruments.
  • Conducting literature reviews, preparing manuscripts, and conference presentations.
  • Assist with institutional review board amendments and protocol submissions.
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing data.
  • Supervising undergraduate research assistants.
  • Recruiting and retaining participants.

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