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Research Apprentice Job

Job Number: EPB17609

Job Title: Research Apprentice - Sleep Lab, Per Diem

Department: Daly Foundation - 7127466

Facility: Bradley Hospital

Location: East Providence, RI


Experience working with human volunteers and human participant recruitment. Familiarity with data/data file management, computer data management programs, and Macintosh computers is a plus. Additional training is provided.

Under the general supervision of the laboratory director, Dr. Carskadon, and the daily direct supervision of the lab manager, the role of this Sleep Research Assistant (SRA-PSG) is to perform a variety of duties including overnight or daytime sleep study monitoring and scoring, form preparations, data entry and error checking, interactions with participants and their families, and other duties necessary to perform the lab’s research projects.


It is essential that the SRA be comfortable working with and interacting with research participants and their families. Participants can include children, adolescents, and adults. Information that the SRA comes across and/or collects must at all times remain confidential and respected. Confidentiality, accuracy, and meticulous attention to detail are essential for this position

This full-time SRA position in our sleep research lab includes a variety of duties undertaken in performing our research projects. These duties include: participating in in-lab data collection, including overnight monitoring polysomnography and scoring sleep records; attending study planning meetings, activities involved in participant recruitment (conducting telephone interviews; performing screening of research volunteers and their families); preparing materials for in- lab studies (organizing protocols, forms, supplies, orientation materials, and so forth in advance of study); performing structured interviews with research participants and their families; performing procedures involved with collection of continuous activity recordings (initializing, downloading, and scoring actigraph data according to standard protocols); participating in data entry and error checking.

As mentioned above, among the most important duties of this position are supervision of the overnight recordings, working with data files. Thus, this position includes approximately half-time or more devoted to in-lab sleep monitoring activities requiring a flexible schedule. This SRA also assists in other aspects of the Lab’s projects, including other aspects of data collection and preparation, such as preparing mailing packets, assisting with data collection in off site settings, and so forth. Personal transportation is also a must.

The SRA, although often assigned to a specific project, also assists other teams when projects require additional attention. At times, orientation sessions or laboratory tours with participants and families may require extended weekday or weekend hours.