Volunteer Research Assistant Positions

Volunteer research assistant (RA) positions are regularly available in the lab for undergraduate, postgraduate, or honors students. RAs have the opportunity to be involved in medical research in a hands-on way, and may develop skills in:

  • serving as an experimenter in research studies with clinical and/or pediatric populations, including assisting children or adults with MRI scans, EEG assessments, questionnaire measures, collection of physiological data (heart rate, skin conductance) or behavioral testing
  • managing neuroimaging, behavioral, or psychophysiological data (including data entry, coding, and transcribing)
  • preparing and breakdown of study materials, and organization of biological samples (saliva, bloodspots)
  • recruiting and scheduling research participants

Highly motivated and productive students may also be given the opportunity to develop a poster presentation for a local or national conference, or aid with preparation of a manuscript for publication

Because training takes a while to complete, we usually require RAs to commit to at least 9 months to the lab. Please read these additional requirements listed below before applying:

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum of 9 hours/week availability

Potential RAs must also: 

  • Be reliable and punctual
  • Be able to work independently but also follow instructions

Potential RAs must send (1) the RA application (see below), (2) a recent transcript, and (3) CV or resume to felrahal@wayne.edu.

If you do not yet have a resume, please send a list including the following with dates for each: educational background, the jobs or volunteer positions you have held, and any awards you have received.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at felrahal@wayne.edu for more information.

POstdoctoral fellowship available

We currently have a postdoctoral position available in the lab.
The initial postdoctoral fellow appointment will be for 2 years, with potential to renew. This position is funded by a fellowship from the Office of the Vice President of Research at WSU. Candidates must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Minimum qualifications include a highly motivated individual with a recently obtained (within the past 2 years) PhD in a relevant field (e.g., Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology), MD, or MD/PhD, or comparable degree. Strong evidence of technical experience in functional neuroimaging, including strong programming skills (Matlab, C++, Python, or equivalent programming language) is required. Experience designing and conducting Pavlovian fear conditioning studies and/or working with clinical populations of fear-based disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder) is highly desirable. Candidates are further required to have a strong record of research accomplishments and publications, including presentations of scientific results at national meetings and their publication in peer-reviewed journals, an ability to work in a team environment as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Duties will consist of, but are not limited to, designing, performing, and analyzing studies that investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in aversive learning and memory, aide, supervise, design, and execute experiments pertaining to the lab’s area of research (emotion and posttraumatic stress disorder). The candidate will participate in the writing of manuscripts and grants, presenting data at national and international meetings, and assist in the training of students. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to develop his/her own ideas within the scope of the lab.

Qualified candidates should submit their CV, the names of three references, and a cover letter summarizing current and future research interests by email to Dr. Rabinak at rabinak@wayne.edu


Those interested in doing graduate work (Masters; PhD; PharmD; MD) or a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab should email Dr. Rabinak (rabinak@wayne.edu).