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Job Req ID:  17565

Research Assistant



The Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is located administratively within International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The core activities housed at CAIH include research studies of infectious diseases and behavioral health, and a training program.


The goals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluate the impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improving health outcomes for Native American families and communities.  Study data results will focus on public health outcomes specific to the approved protocols at the worksite.


The Research Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Research Nurse Supervisor.  The Research Assistant will primarily assist in the day-to-day logistical and operational tasks for various research studies at the site.  The Research Assistant will interact with the investigators, collaborators, and participants in a research environment.  This person will 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 and Responsibilities


(This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.)

  • 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 participant population;
  • Recruit research participants;
  • Verify participant eligibility for studies;
  • Interview participants;
  • Collect participant 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 PIs and Study Physicians;
  • Maintain paper and computerized research files;
  • Assist with facilitation of weekly site staff meetings;
  • Prepare for and participate in audits and monitoring of studies;
  • Assist in preparation of IRB protocols and related documents;
  • Meet regularly with research staff and site manager to review data accuracy, enrollment reports, and overall study progress; and
  • Communicate study findings and updates to tribal leaders and community stakeholders.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Some related experience required.  
  • 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.


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:


  • One (1) year of related experience in clinical trials/medical research desired.



Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 


  • Must be comfortable collecting saliva, urine, or blood samples from participants;
  • proficiency in the use of computers, including software applications, databases, 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.





  • Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required.
  • Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed.  Some evening, weekend and holiday work may be required.
  • May be required to float to other sites.  Guidelines regarding travel time and project vehicle use will be clarified based on specific site needs.
  • This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies.



Classified title:  Research Assistant

Working title: Research Assistant

Role/Level/Range: ACRO 40/E/03/CD

Starting Salary Range: $16.10-$22.12 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full Time

Employee Status: Non-exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM; 40hrs/Wk

Location:  Shiprock, NM – 01-NM:New Mexico

Department name: 10001145 – BSPH - International Health - Center for American Indian Health

Personnel area: UN05 – BSPH – Bloomberg School of Public Health


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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