The Center for Indigenous Health (CIH) is located administratively within International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The core activities housed at CIH include research studies of infectious diseases and behavioral health, and a training program.
The goals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluate the impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improving health outcomes for Native American families and communities. Study data results will focus on public health outcomes specific to the approved protocols at the worksite.
We are seeking a Research Assistant who will primarily assist in the day-to-day logistical and operational tasks for various research studies at the site. The Research Assistant will interact with the investigators, collaborators, and participants in a research environment. This person will assist in carrying out research in accordance with good clinical practices in such activities as obtaining informed consent, data and specimen collection, and patient follow-up over time.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Serve as a Research Assistant for the Centers community-based infectious disease prevention projects.
Maintain a good working knowledge of all assigned protocols and reporting requirements.
Run routine and ad hoc reports from databases.
Adhere to all protocol requirements to ensure validity of clinical research data.
Interact with clinicians and other gatekeepers to access the participant population.
Recruit research participants.
Verify participant eligibility for studies.
Collect participant specimens (e.g., blood draws, urine, or saliva) and other patient data from a variety of sources.
Schedule follow-up visits.
Perform data collection.
Enter data into a computer database.
Clean data using computer software to ensure accuracy in preparation of tables.
Generate and summarize data into reports to share with PIs and Study Physicians.
Maintain paper and computerized research files.
Assist with facilitation of weekly site staff meetings.
Prepare for and participate in audits and monitoring of studies.
Assist in preparation of IRB protocols and related documents.
Meet regularly with research staff and site manager to review data accuracy, enrollment reports, and overall study progress.
Communicate study findings and updates to tribal leaders and community stakeholders.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Must be comfortable collecting saliva, urine, or blood samples from participants.
Proficiency in the use of computers, including software applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing; excellent organizational and time management skills.
Independent and self-motivated; highly organized and detail oriented.
Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities.
Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and within a variety of cultures.
Current driver's license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required.
Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed. Some evening, weekend and holiday work may be required.
May be required to float to other sites. Guidelines regarding travel time and project vehicle use will be clarified based on specific site needs.
This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.
Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
Additional related experience may substitute for required education, tothe extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Certification as a registered Phlebotomist by a nationally recognized agency is preferred (e.g., National Center for Competency Testing, American Medical Technologists, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, National Phlebotomy Association).
Classified Title: Research Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.75-$23.00-$29.30 HRLY (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Other 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: JHU - Arizona Department name: Center for Indigenous Health Personnel area: School of Public Health
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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
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