Research Aide, Senior

Duke University Durham , NC 27701

Posted 3 months ago

Senior Research Aide


The mission of the Center for Child and Family Policy is to contribute to solutions to important problems affecting today's children and families, through an integrated system of scientific research, debate and dissemination, public service, and teaching. The Center emphasizes the bridge from basic research to policy and practice.


The Prospective Study of Infant Development (PSID) is a research project conducted by the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the purpose of the PSID project is to evaluate the long-term impact of the Durham Connects community-wide nurse home visiting program on a variety of family outcomes, including community service receipt, family functioning, and child health and well- being. Durham Connects provides nurse home visits to all families of newborns in Durham County in order to support parenting skills and overall health and well-being.

Approximately 550 families whose infants were born in Durham County were originally enrolled in this research study when infants were approximately 6-months of age and are currently participating in a parent and child in-home interview when children are 9-10 years old. Interviews examine a variety of child and family outcomes, such as parenting, mental health, and child health and well-being, as well as family utilization of community supports and resources (e.g., Durham Connects, other services). This position will be full-time (40 hours per week). Grant

Funded: Position scheduled to end 12/31/2019 with possibility of reappointment.


  • A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows

  • Coordinate and participate in a variety of duties to assist investigators in the implementation of a research study with families and children

  • Participate in scheduling family interviews via phone, as well as letter and/or in-person scheduling when required. This will require time in the field as well as use of internet-based databases when family contact information is no longer valid

  • Organizing and conducting over the phone and in-home family interviews.

  • Duties will include scheduling home visits, obtaining consents to participate, conducting in-home interviews, administering standardized assessments, and recording interview responses when required. Completing interview data entry via tablet computer and appropriately manage data transfer when required.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of families' interview participation status as well scheduling calendar.

  • Prepare and maintain files of research materials.

  • Prepare and type related correspondence, operate office machines as required.

  • Attend and contribute to project meetings and other meetings held at the Center for Child and Family Policy as appropriate. Assist in the compilation and distribution of reports related to research findings.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish required.

  • Local travel required.

  • Must be available to work some nights and weekends.

  • Must be comfortable working with parents and children in home-based settings.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideasan exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires knowledge of basic mathematical, data collection andresearch principles normally acquired through two years post secondaryeducation.


Work requires one year research or clerical experience to be familiarwith the basic techniques and forms used to compile and storeinformation in a manual or computerized research data file.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE* An optional typing speed of 40 corrected words per minute may berequired.

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Research Aide, Senior

Duke University