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Job Req ID:  74896

Research Assistant

We are seeking a full time Research Assistant  to assist two PIs (Drs. Shruti Mehta and Priya Duggal) in coordinating their departmental and research activities. This is an opportunity to be broadly exposed to all aspects of epidemiologic and public health research from inception of ideas, to implementation of data collection and summarizing research findings. Dr. Mehta’s research focuses on HIV, hepatitis C virus and injection drug use, and Dr. Duggal’s research focuses on genetic susceptibility to infectious disease. Drs. Mehta and Duggal are also involved in multiple studies relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The role is to provide overall support to the PIs across a broad array of research studies rather than support to a single study. This includes support of research related activities including grant, protocol and survey development, consent and sample collection, as well as some administrative support including calendar and meeting coordination. There may be opportunities for more intense engagement on a specific research project depending on mutual interest and completion of other activities. There may also be opportunities for publications.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance with development, formatting and submission of grant proposals, research protocols and research manuscripts
  • Assist with development and formatting of study protocols and survey instruments
  • Assist with study sample and data collection, consenting of participants and preparation of graphs and tables for oral and written presentations
  • Assist with some data cleaning, analysis and compilation of data for reports
  • Provide overall administrative support including calendar support, maintenance of documents, processing reimbursements


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelors Degree.


Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • High degree of independence  
  • Demonstrated self-management
  • Ability to work on multiple diverse tasks, short deadlines
  • Working knowledge and/or interest in public health and biomedical research
  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite (Excel, Powerpoint, Word)
  • Experience with a statistical program (Stata, R) is a plus but not required


Classified Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.42 - $22.57/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: ​​​​​​​Telecommute 

Department name: ​​​​​​​Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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