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Job Req ID:  54980

Research Program Assistant II

General Summary/Purpose: 

Under general supervision, the Research Program Assistant II (RPA II) for the Mobility Asthma Program (MAP) supports departmental research programs and/or clinical trials with study data collection and organization through the process of recruiting and coordinating activities for one or more studies. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: patient interviews, data collection, data entry (scanning and verifying collected data for accuracy), organizing collected information; records management, and communicating with team members on the status of project.  RPA II will contribute to data collection for research study examining the potential health impacts of moving to new homes among asthmatic children participating in a housing mobility program, and assess changes in exposure to indoor allergens and airborne particulate matter (PM). The RPA II will work to recruit, screen, consent and enroll interested families.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • General knowledge of the research and applies basic analytical skills to administer assigned projects, and to identify situations requiring special attention.
  • Conduct routine, in-home, patient interviews requiring some weekday flexibility (8:30 a-5:00 p, 9:00 a-5:30 p, 10:00 a-6:30 p, or 11:00 a-7:30 p) and possibly an occasional Saturday workday.
  • Prepare air pumps for home deployment and weigh dust filters upon return
  • Screen and assess eligibility criteria for potential study volunteers at the housing mobility program’s office and by phone, explain study procedures and obtain consent, coordinate/schedule patient follow-up appointments.
  • Collect data from patient medical records and questionnaires administered in visits and participant’s homes and by phone.
  • Prepare and code data entry, enter and maintain databases. Monitors data quality and accuracy as required by research protocol. May run pre-established routine queries.
  • Act as primary contact for study participants, which may include scheduling, confirming appointments.
  • Ensure that case files and accompanying paperwork are organized and current.
  • May perform routine clinical procedures, e.g. height, weight, etc…
  • Clerical and other duties as assigned.
  • We will train the RPAII to conduct home assessments including environmental air monitoring and dust sampling; perform clinical measures of pulmonary function (spirometry and exhaled nitric oxide); collect urine and microbiome samples, perform blood draws with participants ages 5-17 and provide participants education on strategies designed to reduce allergens in their homes.



  • Travel to locations on/off campus including participant homes and partner organization housing mobility program office. Access to own vehicle strongly preferred.
  • Flexible schedule including some evenings as stated above and occasional weekend hours (no more than possibility 1 day per 2-3 months).


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory): 

  • High School diploma/GED required.
  • 2 years related experience.
  • Phlebotomy training, and demonstrated proficiency.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. 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.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Related Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Some college courses preferred.
  • Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience. 
  • 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:

  • Generalized knowledge of research and ability to apply basic analytical skills. 
  • Good communication and written skills. 
  • Works well with others.


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 per hour; commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:00am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003081-SOM Ped Immunology 
Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University


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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