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Job Req ID:  17183

Research Program Assistant II


General summary/purpose: 

This employee will under the direction of a PhD Investigator, and Post-Doctoral Researcher, conduct experimental research sessions for residential/non-residential pharmacological research protocols and perform certain data handling functions required by a research protocol.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Responsible for preparation of session room and equipment, compiling necessary forms, and providing professional explanations of such matters as orientation procedures, payment procedures, practice sessions, running of sessions, patient evaluations, and transportation of subjects (if needed).
  • Conducts interviews with potential volunteers to ascertain drug histories, medical information, and witnessing of consent procedures. Schedules subjects by producing a calendar for the subject’s interview, training and session days which will confirm the availability of the necessary test area facilities, and coordination of any additional protocol personnel.
  • Involves running research protocol sessions with human volunteers, collecting physiological and behavioral data on Macintosh computers. Data collection tasks may include collection of urine and saliva samples, administration of self-reports, independent observation of subject’s condition, monitoring of physiological measures, collection and measurement of pupil photographs, maintenance of all session equipment, and interaction with medical personnel as needed. Input, organize, edit and verify data on Macintosh computer.
  • Score subjective report forms filled out by research volunteers. Responsible for maintaining a current and backup copies of research data and ensuring the security and confidentiality of the data. Provide graphic representations of research data according to the needs of the investigator. Serve as back-up for research protocols (other than primary assignment) as needed.


Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

High School Diploma/GED and 2 years related experience.

Additional education may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted

by the JHU equivalency formula.


Preferred qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Public Health or related field


Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Some related experience in an experimental research setting is preferred. Should have good interpersonal and communication skills in order to carry out protocols with human volunteers of diverse socio-economic and racial backgrounds. Excellent organizational skills required. Experience with organization and verification of data sets preferred. Must be able to make decisions and act independently while keeping investigator informed.


Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

Experience with computers required. Experience with Macintosh or Windows preferred. Experience with spreadsheet and graphing software preferred.


Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II 
Working Title: Research Program Assistant II  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.14- $19.44
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon thru Fri/40 hrs wk 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10003297-SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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