Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Dr. Glenn I. Roisman of the Institute of Child Development and Dr. Bob Krueger of the Department of Psychology, Co-Principal Investigators on a five year NIH-funded grant to follow-up the large Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) cohort into late life, seek to hire a Research Assistant (8352R2: Researcher 2) responsible for carrying out field studies by interviewing study participants (aged 64-84 years) in their homes or by phone. In addition to questionnaires that participants will complete online (or by mail) before the in-person visit, structured research assessments conducted by the Research Assistant will include: an 1.5 hour-long interview with the twin participants about their childhood experiences, objective assessments of twin participants’ physical health (including collecting samples of body measurements and a blood draw), and standardized measures of cognitive health. The Research Assistant will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication. They will work closely with the MTR research participants, MTR co-investigators, and the MTR project coordinator who schedules visits, so a bachelor degree is required and research experience, knowledge, and skills plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to use their own car to travel for assessments of the older twins in this study. The Research Assistant will be compensated for mileage at University rates. Note that during the current period, we are conducting remote assessments only (via phone), though we will transition back to in-person assessments as circumstances allow.
The Research Assistant report to the Principal Investigators of the MTR (Professors Roisman and Krueger) and to the project coordinator. Each position is 100%-time, 12 month civil-service position with possibility of reappointment annually until assessment specific aims are completed. Current NIA support for the current research runs for five years total. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Funding is contingent upon successful completion of duties and availability of funds.
Data Collection: Research Participant Interviewing (70%)
Conduct formal 4.5-hour (on average) research assessments with participants in their homes (or a briefer version by phone), including an 1.5 hour-long interview to collect data with the study participants about their childhood experiences, objective assessments of physical health (including measurement of height, weight, blood pressure, assessments of mobility, etc.), collection of samples by conducting a blood draw to acquire biomarkers of physical health and DNA, and administer standardized measures of cognitive health, plus other psychological assessment instruments.
Prepare and run samples on various instruments and clean equipment.
Replenish supplies as needed and remove biohazardous waste.
Research Participant Representative (10%)
Greet study participants and then describe study goals, assessment tasks, confidentiality limitations and potential risks.
Obtain informed consent from participants.
Accurately answer participant questions and conducts a de-briefing at the end of the visit.
Maintain required assessment documentation.
Participant Recruiting (10%)
Schedule, update, and cancel appointments with participating twins in the research study using independent judgement.
Directly correspond with participants by sending questionnaires by email and regular mail, including sending attachments with information regarding appointment and directions.
Quality Control Review Participation (10%)
Meet with Principal Investigators, Co-Investigator, and Project Coordinator to evaluate interview validity and reliability and implement feedback as required by MTR quality standards.
Ensure that components of the project are completed in an ethically, scientifically, rigorous and timely manner.
BA/BS in psychology or child psychology and at least 1 year of experience working in a laboratory setting, working with participant recruitment, telephone screening, or obtaining informed consent; or a combination of related education and work experience to equal five years
Must be able to work evenings and weekends with ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule
Must hold a valid driver’s license and be willing to use personal vehicle to travel for assessment purposes
Prior research experience conducting structured clinical interviews, neuropsychological tests, anthropometric assessments (e.g., height, weight), and/or phlebotomy. Note that extensive training will be provided in all assessments, even if applicants have prior experience. In addition, prior training in phlebotomy is not an essential qualification, though a willingness to acquire blood from participants is an essential qualification
Availability over the next two years
Excellent verbal communication skills
Problem-solving skills and attention to detail to work independently and assure accuracy
Internal Number: 336345
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