Volunteer Research Assistant

Dr. Andreas Kuffer. 

Please note that applications are currently closed for volunteer research assistant.

Are you looking for an exciting research experience before medical or graduate school? Would you like to figure out if or where your passion lies in clinical research? Are you a conscientious individual who can dedicate at least two days per week (Monday to Friday) to research? If you answered yes to all of these questions, we might have the ideal opportunity for you.

Dr. Aoife O’Donovan at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) is seeking applicants for a volunteer research assistant position in the THRIVE Lab. The goal of THRIVE Lab is to uncover how traumatic psychological stress increases risk for physical and mental health problems.  

The successful applicant will be working closely with psychologists, medical doctors, graduate students, medical students and other trainees in a dynamic and friendly environment.  They will work on a variety of projects investigating the effects of traumatic psychological stress on mental and physical health. At this time, we are particularly looking for research assistants for our new project, which is focused on uncovering how inflammation might affect the brain using functional magnetic resonance imaging and experimental methods. This project will involve working with individuals with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. The scope of responsibilities will be broad and may include helping with the development of the study, running study participants, managing computerized psychological tasks, literature review, data management and analysis, and manuscript preparation.

Past research experience is not required, but applicants must have a strong willingness to learn research methods and a passion for science and health. This is an ideal position for someone interested in pursuing graduate or medical school and opportunities for publication may be available for highly motivated and capable individuals. We are looking for students with a high GPA, who can make at least a one-year commitment, and who can dedicate at least 2 full days on location at the SFVAMC per week to the position.  Applicants must be willing and able to travel to the SFVAMC. Individuals majoring in psychology, neuroscience, cell biology, immunology, computer science and engineering, as well as post-baccalaureate students are encouraged to apply.

Please send a brief cover letter and résumé (including your GPA and a description of your relevant course work) via email to lab manager Mary Smirnova at ucsfthrivelab@gmail.com