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APPLY AT Research Coordinator

The Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience (PLAN;
PLAN ) in the University of Tulsa’s Department of
Psychology is accepting applications for a full-time Research Associate / Research Coordinator.
The position will assist with a 5-year NIH/NCCIH grant funded study that started summer 2022.
The position is available for the for the life of the grant (up to 5 years), pending funding renewal
by NIH and successful performance by the candidate. The project investigates the role of
structural racism and discrimination (SRD), and other stress-related mechanisms, in the Native
American (NA) chronic pain inequity. The project will also investigate NA pain resiliency factors
that moderate pain risk pathways.
The RA/RC will work closely with the PI (Dr. Jamie Rhudy), Co-I’s (Drs. Joanna Shadlow-Osage
and Travis Lowe), and graduate and undergraduate student researchers. The RA/RC will be
involved with all aspects of the study, including participant recruitment, screening, and
scheduling pain and stress assessments; data management and processing; maintenance of
compliance records (e.g., annual IRB reports, NIH recruitment reports); and other duties as
assigned. There will be ample opportunities for authorship/co-authorship on presentations and
publications. As part of the job, the RA/RC will receive advanced training in psychophysiological
assessment of stress and pain (e.g., EEG, EMG, EKG, respiration, skin conductance), quantitative
sensory testing (e.g., temporal summation, conditioned pain modulation, contact heat evoked
potentials), as well as blood (HbA1c, hs-CRP, lipids) and salivary (cortisol) biomarkers. Human
participant assessment will be conducted on the campus of the University of Tulsa; however,
some travel to surrounding tribal nations and Indian Health Service sites to aid in recruitment
will be expected. The project is approved by the University of Tulsa, Cherokee Nation, and
Indian Health Service-Oklahoma City area office IRBs.
Applicants should have a bachelors or masters degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related
field; strong written and oral communication skills; cultural awareness and humility; and an
interest in health disparities. Experience in pain research and/or psychophysiology is not
necessary, but desired. Reliable transportation and ability to travel is required. Applicants
from diverse backgrounds, including those with knowledge of Native American culture, are
strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please visit the HR website:
Tulsa is an outstanding, mid-sized (population ~400,000), family-friendly, affordable place to
live, with easy access to urban, suburban, and rural areas. It is culturally diverse, with thriving
art, music, and brewery scenes. Tulsa is nestled in an area where the Muscogee Creek,
Cherokee, and Osage tribal nations share a common boundary. Tulsa is also home to The
Gathering Place, an expansive riverside park, that Time magazine calls “One of the World’s
Greatest Places” (Gathering Place | A Park For All). Oklahoma is geographically diverse,

including plains, grasslands, rocky mesas, and mountains, and is unique as it is home to 39
federally-recognized Native American tribes.
The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from
diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The
University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristics
including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry,
or marital status.