Job Req ID:  112168

Research Assistant

The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering seeks a part-time (or graduate) motivated and goal-oriented Research Assistant to support research in assessing potential health benefits and other effects related to the human-animal bond among racial and ethnic minority pet owners who are at increased risk in experiencing negative mental and physical health outcomes. The goal of this work is to identify human-animal bond characteristics that may be associated with improved mental and physical health outcomes among pet owners compared to non-owners, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities who are commonly neglected in human-animal bond health studies.

Under direct supervision of Faculty PIs, Dr. Meghan Davis and Dr. Roland Thorpe, and Postdoctoral PI, Dr. Sharmaine Miller, the Research Assistant will support a HABRI-funded Project by reaching out to and recruiting pet-owners and non-owners from diverse backgrounds for an online Survey. Research assistants will recruit participants across the Mid-Atlantic Region via in-person (if feasible per COVID-19 trends) and email/telephone methods via self-created marketing materials, approved by project PIs. Research assistants must also demonstrate the ability to work pro-actively to meet recruitment goals across the 9-month survey deployment period.

This is a two-year position, as so, preference will be given to those that can stay on for the full work period.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Travel to organizations within 100 miles of Baltimore. Car pooling can also be arranged with other members of the research team engaging in study recruitment.
  • Cultural Competence.
  • Email management per community organizations interested and any potential participant questions. All should be discussed before response with the team leader.
  • Meet regularly (virtually or in-person) with Project and Postdoctoral PIs and provide regular recruitment updates to compare with recruitment milestones.
  • Maintain a good working knowledge of recruitment and participant consent protocols.
  • Create Survey marketing materials and manage their distribution in-person (if feasible) and via online methods.
  • Record work hours and recruitment progress throughout work period.
  • Conduct telephone surveys with self-selected participants and enter data collected into an online research database, RedCap.
  • Monitor data accrued to identify potential issues with survey completion.
  • Be able to navigate RedCap and correctly interpret and export data.
  • Aid in the creation of data summary reports that will be disseminated to appropriate stakeholders and survey participants.
  • Aid in the development of additional project instruments to further probe survey results.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
  • Additional related experience may substitute for required education, tothe extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with using online survey-based platforms, e.g. RedCap, Qualtrics.
  • Prior experience in engaging and recruiting participants for survey-based work.
  • Prior experience engaging participants from diverse backgrounds.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrably strong organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Be able to adapt to challenging situations during any stage of project work, e.g., recruitment, participant engagement, survey monitoring, etc.
  • Be able to demonstrate cultural competency when interacting with racial and ethnic populations.
  • Be able to understand and conduct Community Based Participatory Research to develop a follow-up interview instrument with the research team.
  • Navigate Microsoft (e.g. Excel, Outlook, Teams) and OneDrive software, have basic computer and telecommunications (e.g. Zoom meetings) skills.
  • Ability to shift between in-person and remote work as needed.
  • COVID-19 and influenza vaccination as required by Johns Hopkins.
  • Consistent adherence to COVID-19 safety requirements.
  • Commitment to striving for the improved health and welfare of impoverished communities, especially communities of color that have traditionally faced inter-generational poverty and institutionalized systematic trauma.

 


 

Classified Title: Research Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD  
Starting Salary Range: Min $17.00 - Max $30.00 HRLY ($38,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Depends on candidate 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Public Health 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Environmental Health and Engineering  
Personnel area: School of Public Health 

 

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/

 

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:
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 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.

**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.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

 

The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Accommodation Information

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit accessibility.jhu.edu.

 

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/ and all other JHU applicants should visit https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/health-safety/covid-vaccination-information/.

 

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

 

Note: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online until filled.

 

 

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/.

Accommodation Information
If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit https://accessibility.jhu.edu/.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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