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Job Req ID:  16989

Research Assistant

General Summary/Purpose

The aim of our study protocol is to promote physical activity among low socioeconomic status individual with multiple chronic diseases The Research Assistant will assist Principal Investigator (PI) and study coordinator with the physical activity intervention during the home visits in the study, as well as research-related work. Works closely with Principal Investigator (PI) and research team members in all aspects of study management. Communicates with study team and PI on all clinical aspects of patient management. Works with other staff members to ensure rapid data entry and high level of quality control.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as exercise (physical activity) interventionist and provide exercise training for study participants
  • Perform blood pressure check, blood draw, physical function testing (five time sit to stand test and six min walk test)
  • Maintain a good working knowledge of all assigned protocols
  • Maintain confidential records of required source documentation on each assigned research subject on protocol
  • Serve as backup for research protocols (other than primary assignment) as needed.
  • Maintain quality of source documentation and research integrity
  • Detect and help solve logistical, technical and patient related problems as they pertain to protocol participation
  • Coordinate laboratory specimen processing and handling with appropriate lab supervisors.
  • Attend study meetings to represent the research unit and grow in knowledge of data quality and the federal regulations governing clinical research.
  • Participate in other research initiatives as workload allows
  • Willingness to use personal vehicle (with reimbursement) or taxi/uber for recruitment off site
  • Other duties as assigned by the Research and Sponsored Projects Manager or the PI of the project.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Some related experience.

Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the * JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. *



Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree desired. 
  • Phlebotomy training, and demonstrated proficiency.
  • 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).
  • Ability and experience in fitness and exercise training
  • Ability to work with populations across ages, sexual orientations, socio-economic circumstances
  • Experience performing venipuncture as a certified phlebotomist a plus. 
  • Experiences in plan and conducting biological laboratory testing.



 **Position End Date Sept. 30, 2020**

Classified Title: Research Assistant 
Working Title: Research Assistant  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Hourly Pay Rate Range: $16.26 - $22.35/ commensurate with experience
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: flexible 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 06-MD:School of Nursing 
Department name: 10003814-Community Public Health Nursing 
Personnel area: School of Nursing


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