Job Req ID:  114045

Research Program Assistant

Under general supervision, we are seeking a casual Research Program Assistant (RPA) to supports departmental research programs and/or clinical trials with study data collection and organization through the process of recruiting and conducting activities for one or more studies. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to patient interviews, data collection, data entry, organizing collected information, records management, and communicating with team members on the status of project. The RPA will work to recruit, screen, consent and enroll interested families. The RPA will be trained 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 and provide participants education on strategies designed to reduce allergens in their homes.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Use general knowledge of the research and apply basic skills to administer assigned projects and to identify situations requiring special attention.
  • Conduct routine, in-home, patient visits 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 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.
  • Monitor 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.
  • Perform clerical and other duties as assigned.
  • 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 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.
  • Work a flexible schedule including some evenings as stated and occasional weekend hours (no more than possibility 1 day per 2-3 months).
  • Complete all IRB-required courses and pass appropriate exams with necessary certification within two weeks of start date.

As needed, may be required to

  • Use the JHU Clinical Research Management System (CRMS) to help create clinical study tools. This will include study calendars and case report forms for use via a web-based research infrastructure.
  • Conduct literature search & organize data for research manuscripts, as needed.
  • Help prepare materials for submission of applications and renewals and maintain communication with the Johns Hopkins IRB, GCRC, and related committees as needed
  • Under supervision, assist with Quality Assurance activities related to research protocols.
  • Help develop and modify case report forms as needed.
  • Help develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and ensure SOPs are followed.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Maintain high level of motivation for job functions with positive attitude.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks.
  • Highly attentive to detail and deadlines.

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time.
  • Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Assisting patients during evaluations within crowded clinical environment.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.
  • Ability to move about.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
  • Some related experience.
  • Valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation.
  • Weekend and evening availability.
  • Experience in using a personal computer.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Some college courses preferred.
  • Related undergraduate training.
  • Experience in a clinical or clinical research environment preferred.



Classified Title: Research Program Assistant 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB  
Starting Salary Range: $15.25 - $23.00 HRLY ($20.00 HRLY targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM DOM Pulmonary  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 



Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
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 Completing Studies
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.

Background Checks
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.

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