Research Project Interviewer
University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

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The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the "Trojan Family," which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is. The USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Brain and Creativity Institute is seeking a Research Project Interviewer to join its team. The Research Project Interviewer will manage all aspects of the Brain and Music Project and the Neurobiology of Narratives Project, including participant recruitment, scheduling, public relations, database maintenance, conducting imaging experiments, and the analysis of structural and functional MRI data. The Brain and Music Project focuses on how music training affects the cognitive, social and emotional aspects of early childhood development. The Neurobiology of the Narratives project focuses on how cultural background affects emotional processing of narrative stories. Job responsibilities include: Conducts interviews for research project or study via telephone, electronic correspondence, or in person. Provides information to the interviewees regarding the research project and outlines how the research will be used. Screens potential participants and determines eligibility based on pre-defined criteria. Collects pertinent information from study participants through interviews, administration of tests or surveys or questionnaires, scheduling of medical procedures, or other collection procedures. Records interview data on forms, video or on to a computer. Follows established data collection and management procedures to prepare, collect, record, or enter data. Coordinates study participant activities, including recruitment, correspondence, screening and orientation. Schedules appointments and procedures, coordinating with external providers, as needed. Maintains accurate and detailed records. Cleans and edits data and performs basic analysis. Produces reports, correspondence and other materials, as needed. Maintains databases for reporting and compliance purposes. Arranges and attends meetings, seminars, symposia and other events related to project efforts. Stays informed of developments in field. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Education:
High school or equivalent

Minimum Experience:
0 - 6 months

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with data analysis. Excellent interpersonal skills needed for interaction with participants.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education:
Associate's degree

Preferred Experience:
Experience analyzing MRI anatomical and functional data using FSL & BrainSuite Experience running the MRI scanner and using BioPac to acquire physiological data Research lab experience, experience working with families and/or small children Bilingual Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or Farsi strongly preferred

Preferred Field of Expertise:
Proficient computer skills i.e. word processing and spreadsheeets Advanced knowledge of statistics programs such as SPSS, Statistica Background in Neuroscience, Music or both

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