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Research Assistant (BEAR lab)

Job ID 18416 Omaha, Nebraska

Business: Boys Town National Research Hospital

Summary: In a career as a Research Assistant for the Brain, Executive Function, and Attention (BEAR) Laboratory you would work on various phases of research studies being performed, including coordinating multiple studies, manage undergrad interns, recruitment scheduling and testing. Also involves manuscript writing, data analysis, preparing abstracts for conferences, and aid in grant submissions and renewals. This is an excellent opportunity to springboard your research career!

​​The BEAR Lab is interested in understanding how babies, toddlers, and young children learn about the world around them and make decisions about what they are looking at. One of our goals is to understand how children’s brains process the information in the world around them and what individual factors might lead to different developmental trajectories and long-term outcomes. Currently, we are exploring the relationship between early developing attentional processing and executive functioning in toddlers, risk for ADHD in toddlers, and the relationship between functional connectivity and ocular-motor control and behavior in children ages 18 months to 8 years old.​

Schedule:Full time: M-F 8a-5pm

Location: East (30th and Dodge)


  • Assists in data collection and managing databases. Will be responsible for entering data from testing, managing subject files and keeping track of subject compensation.
  • Assists in the recruitment, scheduling, and testing in research studies using human subjects. Will assist in advertising for new studies, phone screens of potential participants, scheduling testing and administering behavioral testing.
  • Uses computers to analyze results of experiments. Will assist in processing imaging data and collecting behavioral data for different research projects.
  • Utilizes Boys Town vehicle to complete requirements of the position.
  • Serve as a role model for ethical behavior and promote awareness and moral principles of the Mission, Vision, & Values of Boys Town.


  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related area (or equivalent).
  • Previous research experience working with human subjects preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, close attention to details, math aptitude, and flexibility in duties performed
  • Must possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record and pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check
  • Ability to apply knowledge gained through coursework in psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience and/or computer science
  • Ability to operate a personal computer

About Boys Town: Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.
Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

Date Posted: December 6, 2021

Boys Town National Research Hospital is a tobacco free campus. This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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