Behavioral Science Research Coordinator in Portland, Oregon

Position description:

The Research Coordinator has the opportunity to work on all aspects of the research process, from design to dissemination. Research duties include, but are not limited to: managing research projects in the lab; creating protocols and stimuli; administering experiments; recruiting participants; managing research assistants; organizing lab meetings; conducting literature searches; coding and analyzing data; assisting with manuscript editing and preparation; and preparing conference presentations. There is the possibility of becoming a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. Some of the research coordinator’s time may also go to administrative tasks that are not always directly tied to research. Current research at the center focuses on shame, compassion, belongingness, social signaling functions of emotion, OCD, processes of change in psychotherapy, addiction, false memory, perspective taking, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


  • Recruits study participants
  • Reviews and obtains informed consent
  • Schedules study visits with participants
  • Conducts interviews and assessments
  • Scores test results
  • Collects survey data
  • Reviews medical records
  • Manages longitudinal data tracking
  • Consults with clinical staff to coordinate research
  • Maintains databases
  • Data entry
  • Assists in manuscript editing and preparation
  • Writes lay summaries and blog posts related to lab research
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research. 
  • Obtains articles and references for investigators
  • Update reference databases using reference management software
  • Trains research assistants on study protocols


  • Assists in maintenance of lab webpages and online recruitment forms
  • Assists in maintenance of lab-related social media
  • Assists in recruiting, managing, and training volunteer research assistants
  • Assists in administering internal grant program
  • Manages participant scheduling
  • Community outreach/marketing
  • Purchasing equipment and supplies
  • Hardware/software maintenance
  • Managing human subject protocols
  • Coordinating events and meetings 
  • Attending lab meetings 
  • Assists in event management 
  • Assists in public relations pertaining to research
  • Assists in maintaining security of organization and lab

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as psychology or related social/health science; OR appropriate combination of education and experience
  • Minimum one year of research experience
  • Communicates effectively, electronically, in-person, one-to-one and in groups
  • Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient and productive manner
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Effective time management skills
  • Basic clinical interviewing experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a clinical research environment.
  • Previous experience conducting assessments of psychological functioning
  • Ability to have flexible hours to accommodate participants
  • Previous work or education involving clinical psychology, clinical counseling, clinical social work, or related field or experience
  • Training in statistical analysis
  • Proficiency with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, etc.)

For more information about the lab, and to request details about the job, visit

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This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with a full benefits package. The schedule is reasonably flexible, and requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability. The review of applications is ongoing until hire is made. Minimum 1-2 year commitment.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume or CV to  If you are selected, you will also be asked to submit information from three references.

Location and Work Setting:

Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center is as a leading center for evidence-based therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, training, and research in our region. Proceeds generated through provision of clinical services beyond what is needed for salaries and overhead are set aside to fund substantial ongoing research at the center. This unique model of integrating the science and practice of psychotherapy allows us to focus on furthering the science rather than chasing grants.  More information about our unique business model can be found here. A listing of our publications can be found here and a description of our lab can be found here

Portland is a fantastic city that is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in America. Our center is housed in a beautifully restored 1889 Victorian home in the vibrant N. Williams corridor area of Portland which provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients and staff alike.