Research Assistant Position | OCD at Columbia University Medical Center | New York State Psychiatric Institute

The Center for OCD and Related Disorders, directed by Dr. Blair Simpson, is seeking a full time Research Assistant. The Center for OCD and Related Disorders is part of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric institute at Columbia University Medical Center. The mission of our center is to improve the lives of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related problems, by advancing our understanding of and the treatment for these disorders. The position is ideal for someone interested in translating science into new treatments for patients with anxiety, OCD and related disorders and who is considering applying to either medical or graduate school.

Candidate will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring randomized clinical trials and biological research protocols in the areas of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders.

Duties include: patient recruitment and scheduling, patient screening, data collection and management. Duties can include assisting with brain imaging procedures, IRB procedures, grant applications, and/or manuscript preparation.

Education: Minimum BA or BS in Biology or Psychology or other related field.

The ideal candidate will have research experience and an interest in brain mechanisms underlying behavior. A working knowledge of data management software, such as excel, Access, SPSS, and/or MATLAB is desirable. The ideal candidate will be a person who loves or is enthusiastic about using technology for research. He/she will be organized, self-directed, and good at multi-tasking, and will have excellent interpersonal skills.

This experience will expand one’s research portfolio, while also gaining in-depth experience with clinical populations. Two year commitment required.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and CV (or resume) to Dr. Marina Gershkovich at with the subject “NYSPI Research Assistant Application.”