Research Assistant in Psychiatry

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Research Assistant of Psychiatry 

Posting Information

Department Psychiatry - Research - 412250
Posting Open Date 03/22/2023
Application Deadline  
Open Until Filled Yes
Position Type Permanent Faculty
Working Title Research Instructor
Appointment Type Fixed Term Faculty
Vacancy ID FAC0004457
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Permanent
Hours per week 40
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range  
Proposed Start Date 05/01/2023
Position Information


Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.

Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.

Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.

Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.

Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.
Position Summary
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to hire a full-time Research Instructor (fixed term) faculty member. The successful applicant will act as program manager and senior study coordinator for the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (CHAAMP), a translational research program that seeks to advance understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental health problems among pediatric populations.

The successful applicant will provide overall supervision and management of observational research studies and clinical trials conducted as part of CHAAMP. Responsibilities will span a broad range of duties related to planning, organizing, and executing research and other CHAAMP-related initiatives. This will include maintaining accurate research protocols and study manuals; coordinating participant recruitment and enrollment activities; engaging in primary quantitative and qualitative data collection, coding, and management; leading project meetings; developing project reports; and supervising trainees and students. 

Individuals will be asked to develop processes to ensure research studies are conducted efficiently and with the highest levels of research integrity. This position will oversee regulatory processes (e.g., IRB applications,, perform data analyses, and be involved in manuscript writing and grant submissions. The program of research conducted as part of CHAAMP is rooted in team science, and will involve partnerships within and outside the UNC Department of Psychiatry and with researchers at other academic institutions. We are seeking candidates who demonstrate excellent collaboration and communication skills.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
The applicant must hold a master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Public Health, or a related field from an accredited school.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Competitive applicants will have a history of research project management (including clinical trial studies), data collection experience, excellent organizational skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working with an interdisciplinary team preferred. Knowledge of statistical packages (e.g., R, STATA, SAS, SPSS) is a plus.
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Department Contact Information


Department Contact Name and Title Octavia Bullard, HR Consultant
Department Contact Telephone or Email
Academic Personnel Office Contact Information
If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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