As a member of the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy, the research assistant will work on several federal and foundation-funded clinical studies and health interventions related to racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in rheumatic diseases together with the Principal Investigator. The research assistant will coordinate and carry out study-related activities such as community-based and clinic recruitment, patient interviews, patient education, and data collection/organization for several assigned studies.
S/he will need to be able to work under general supervision. S/he will coordinate meetings among academic and community leaders and attend community-based events.
This position provides an opportunity to engage in a dynamic clinical research setting, as well as to engage in community-based research and outreach. The position is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing careers in medicine, clinical research, or public health, and particularly for a person interested in women's health, social determinants of health, and health disparities.
Organizes study staff meetings and recruitment for clinical and community-based research studies and educational projects, and identify potential subjects, following study criteria. Keeps organized, accurate, and up to date databases and maintains up to date records on all research subjects.
Contacts and collects data on subjects in clinical research studies. This may include the administration of study questionnaires either in person or on the phone.
Codes and enters data according to written protocols. Participates in data analysis and presentation through abstracts submissions, posters and manuscripts.
Provides information such as recruitment and data collection details for manuscript and abstract writing, completion of progress reports, IRB human subjects submissions for research protocols, annual reviews and presentations (including preparation of graphics).
Contributes to drafting of progress reports, human subjects' annual reviews, and protocols for executing projects in accordance with proposed aims and methodology. Assists with drafting formats for questionnaires, surveys, interviews and other instruments as needed for research projects, assuring ease in administration and accuracy of data entry.
Provides investigators with current references. Researches the literature and follows up on specific requests from research staff.
Bachelor's degree required.
Proficiency in writing; excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
Research experience preferred.
Community service and community-based outreach experience is preferred.
Skills, Abilities, Competencies Required
Keyboard/typing skills for data entry.
Must have interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons with chronic diseases to gain their cooperation. Persons are generally 18 years and older as our division treats adult patients in the clinic setting and generally only has patients 18 years and older involved in their research projects.
Must be able to prioritize and organize work responsibilities in order to meet deadlines so as to not hamper the progress of studies.
Must possess integrity to maintain confidentiality.
Must demonstrate accuracy in recording data.
Must be able to make judgments under close supervision for the above mentioned job duties.