Apply as a Professional Research Assistant

The Research on Affective Disorders and Development (RADD) Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, directed by Dr. Roselinde Kaiser, is seeking to hire a Professional Research Assistant with skill in neuroimaging research and database management. In the RADD Lab, we investigate brain functioning and mood disorders like depression across the lifespan. The lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI), and clinical approaches to address our research questions. 

This Professional Research Assistant position in the RADD Lab will support of a cluster of new (recently funded) studies that investigate core neurocognitive markers that predict resilience in teens and college students. The position will be primarily focused on research recruitment, acquiring behavioral and neuroimaging data, and database management. Specific responsibilities will include recruiting and scheduling participants for clinical and neuroimaging research studies (e.g., healthy individuals, individuals with depression or other mood disorders), data collection (computer-based, MRI), and database management (using neuroimaging software such as FSL, SPM, AFNI; or statistical programs such as R), as well as support for general management of lab operations.

Therefore, this PRA position requires (1) a BA/BS in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, or related field, (2) research experience collecting, processing or analyzing data with human subjects, (3) demonstrated ability to perform as an independent researcher (e.g., undergraduate thesis), (4) some experience with R, unix, python, matlab or another programming language.

Successful candidates will have strong oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, be highly reliable, and enjoy working in a collaborative team atmosphere.  In addition, they will have a demonstrated ability to multi-task efficiently and to coordinate activities across different research labs and investigators.  Finally, prior experience neuroimaging with clinical or developmental samples is also preferred. 

Position is full-time, to begin July 01, 2020 (some flexibility in start date).

Interested applicants should send their CV, a cover letter describing their research interests and career goals, transcript with relevant coursework (unofficial or official), and contact info for 2-3 references to Dr. Roselinde Kaiser (


Apply as a Postdoctoral Research Associate  

The RADD Lab is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Adolescent Mood Health and Neurodevelopment

Candidates are being considered for a full-time postdoctoral position in the lab of Dr. Roselinde Kaiser within the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

The person who fills this position will become part of a team working on a longitudinal study with adolescents that investigates biomarkers of risk and resilience to mood disorders. Our translational work is centered on the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology, and developmental psychology; and the integration of behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI, MRS) and in vivo assessment. The ongoing study will capitalize on and extend a parallel investigation of youth with current mood disorders.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, computer science or a related field. The successful candidate should have excellent organizational, analytic, writing, and interpersonal skills as well as research experience with neuroimaging and human subjects. Computer programming skills and knowledge and experience with advanced statistical techniques, such as HLM, SEM, growth curve modeling, and machine learning, are highly desirable. The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys working as part of a team and learning new techniques independently to advance science.  

Duties will include data management, analysis, and manuscript preparation. She or he will also be responsible for cleaning, quality assurance checking, and combining data from numerous sources to form data sets. The research associate will have opportunities to provide mentorship and collaborate with doctoral students and to supervise undergraduate research projects. 

Preliminary behavioral or neuroimaging data are available from 3 independent samples (ranging from n=45 to n=176). These data would be available for research questions immediately as new data continue to be collected.

Other opportunities are also available: 1) development of additional grants (e.g., F32, K Award, R grants), and 2) pursuing additional training and/or research (e.g., developmental neuroimaging, psychodiagnostics).

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, with an ideal employment start in summer or fall of 2019.  To apply for the position please send a CV and statement of research interests to Dr. Roselinde Kaiser ( The University of Colorado Boulder is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, economically disadvantaged and persons with disabilities to apply.

Thank you for considering our position!

Apply as a Graduate Student

If you are interested in applying to work with us as a graduate student, email our lab and tell us a little bit about yourself and your interests! Please note that Dr. Kaiser may or may not be taking students in a given application cycle. 

Apply as an Undergraduate Student

Research Volunteer

Our team includes undergraduate students with a strong background in psychology or neuroscience. Undergraduate students may join the lab as volunteers to gaining experience in a clinical research environment; activities include conducting research sessions, helping to run neuroimaging scans, database management, performing literature reviews, and attending lab meetings. Please know that undergraduate members of the team are expected to commit to at least ten hours per week for at least two academic semesters; this commitment makes it possible to complete the complex training requirements of a clinical neurocognitive research lab.

If you are interested in applying to work with us as an undergraduate student, email our lab with (1) your résumé, and (2) a cover letter describing your training goals and interests. 

Honors Thesis Trainee

Dr. Kaiser supervises honors theses for undergraduate students with a strong background in psychology or neuroscience, who wish to pursue independent research, and who are on track to meet the departmental honors requirements. To perform an honors thesis in the RADD Lab, the undergraduate student must: (1) have at least one semester of volunteer experience in the lab, (2) have completed PSYC 3111 and (3) have discussed research project plans with, and received approval from, Dr. Kaiser and other supervisors in the lab. The honors section of PSYC 3111 is highly recommended, but not required.