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Job Req ID:  17606

Research Assistant

Under the direct supervision of a Research Program Manager, the Research Assistant will primarily assist in the day-to-day logistical and operational tasks for various research studies in the Department.  The Research Assistant will interact with the investigators, collaborators, and patients in a research environment.  This person will be writing, running, and analyzing standard and non-standard reports.  This person will also 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:

  • 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 patient population;
  • Recruit research participants;
  • Verify patient eligibility for studies;
  • Interview patients;
  • Collect patient 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 PI and Research Program Manager;
  • Maintain paper and computerized research files;
  • Participate in weekly research group meetings; schedule meetings; create agendas; complete minutes;
  • Prepare mandatory reports and documents/protocols;
  • Prepare for and participate in audits and monitoring of studies;
  • Assist in preparation of IRB protocols and related documents;
  • Meet regularly with Sr. Research Program Manager and/or team leader to review data accuracy, shift reports, and overall study progress; and
  • Conduct literature searches to support the manager and the PI.


This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis; the RA will perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline required. 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.
  • Phlebotomy training, and demonstrated proficiency.


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • A year of related experience in clinical trials/medical research.
  • 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).


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Must be comfortable collecting saliva, urine, or blood samples from patients; proficiency in the use of computers, including software applications, databases, mathematical and statistical tools, 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; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated strong, positive interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and within a variety of cultures.


Work Schedule/Hours: This person will be working varied hours.  Must be available to work 8 hour shifts at a time, between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight, seven (7) days of the week. Must be flexible and available to work some evenings and weekends.  


Classified Title: Research Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35/Hourly
Employee Group: Full Time 
Schedule: Varies/40 Hours per Week 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus 
Department Name: Emergency Medicine 
Personnel Area: School of Medicine


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


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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.


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