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Job Req ID:  38798

Research Program Assistant II

General Summary/Purpose

Research Administration is currently looking for an enthusiastic, professional, highly motivated, energetic individual with a strong focus and attention to detail to work under the direction of the Principal Investigator and direct supervision of the Research Leadership Team to carry out essential functions.  The Research Assistant II will work closely with the clinical research staff in the conduct of COVID -19 clinical trials. This individual will support both clinical and laboratory research operations in compliance with study protocol, standard laboratory operating procedures, and regulatory and JHU standards.  The ideal candidate will have a mix of clinical and laboratory experience.  A good fit for a Med Tech professional (e.g. EMT, CMA, PCT, phlebotomist, vascular access tech) interested in growing into a career as a clinical research professional. This position will afford an opportunity to experience all facets of conduct of early phase clinical trials, including work within FDA regulations and ICH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Assisting study team with the implementation of COVID-19 research project(s)

  • Recruitment, screening, education, conducting informed consent, maintaining up to date knowledge of protocol(s) and protocol related SOPs.
  • Working within IRB and GCP guidelines.
  • Attending training sessions for IRB updates, Human subject’s protection, HIPAA, CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens and renewals as required by sponsor or university, and others as assigned.
  • Accurate completion of source documents / case report forms.
  • Data entry and report generation from computer programs such as medidata, REDCap and recruitment databases.
  • Attending meetings.
  • Willing to learn how to obtain and record vital signs.
  • Assisting and supporting other staff when necessary and knows when to seek assistance
  • Assist in maintaining and supplying the research sites.
  • Perform reasonable job duties, even if not part of the job description, as assigned by supervisor or Principal Investigator.
  • Complete annual CPR and other regulatory, clinical, and laboratory training and certifications as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned and requested by the PI and or research leadership team.

Clinical Research Laboratory operations

  • Research and clinical specimen collection (i.e., blood, urine, saliva, stool and nasal wash), testing and processing  
  • Complying with universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from biohazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens
  • Perform and document clinical laboratory testing
  • Specimen Preparation – printing specimen labels, labeling specimens
  • Coordinate manufacturer recommended calibration/maintenance of specimen freezers and refrigerators
  • Complying with laboratory QA/QC protocols and procedures and lab safety protocols
  • Maintain equipment maintenance logs


Minimum Qualifications (Required)

High School Diploma/GED.  Bachelor's degree preferred

  • Two (2) years related experience
  • Phlebotomy Certification:  Proficient with adult and children phlebotomy


Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the * JHU Equivalency Formula: 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. *


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Preferred fluency in Spanish. 
  • Certified Medical Assistant or Certified Laboratory Technology Certification preferred.
  • 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:

  • Requires the ability to flex schedule at the supervisor’s request to work some evenings, nights or weekends as required
  • Will require travel to research sites as per study schedule
  • Must be comfortable using Microsoft office software such as Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Occasionally lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling objects weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Will require foot travel within the JHMI campus
  • Will require travel to outlying satellite sites
  • Duties may require standing, walking, or sitting for an extended period of time
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills
  • Must have strong organizational skills with ability to work independently and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Prior training in and access to EPIC, an electronic medical record at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is a major plus.


Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II 
Working Title: Research Program Assistant II  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/02/CC 
Starting Hourly Pay Rate Range: $15 - $ 19.44/ commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 37. 5 hrs per week 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 06-MD:School of Nursing 
Department name: 60009277-Research Administration 
Personnel area: School of Nursing


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


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 HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


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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