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Interested in Research? Volunteer!

The Richards Lab is seeking volunteer Research Assistants to assist with research studies focused on sleep and PTSD. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain research experience for those looking to go on to graduate school or a career in the medical field.

As a volunteer Research Assistant in the Richards Lab you will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of research projects on PTSD and sleep.  RAs will perform duties including: recruitment procedures such as preparing and sending recruitment mailings; telephone screenings with potential participants for eligibility purposes; data collection; tracking participants participating in studies; and data entry and data cleaning.  Additional activities, depending on time and duration of commitment, may involve administration of the study protocol including guiding and supporting participants through study visits, administration of electrophysiology procedures (e.g. EEG, EMG, ECG); administration of cognitive testing; and other research-related tasks necessary for implementation of the studies, such as literature reviews, table/slide construction, collection of relevant documents; and general office management.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess or be in a BA/BS degree in psychology, pre-med or a related field
  • Possess strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Possess familiarity with diagnostic and therapeutic issues related to PTSD and/or sleep disorders
  • Possess prior research experience


  • Prior experience in clinical settings is desirable
  • Commitment to working some evening hours due to the requirements of sleep-related research
  • Minimum time commitment is 8 hours per week
  • 1-year commitment is required

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to the following email address with the subject heading “PTSD Volunteer Research Assistant”:

 [email protected]