Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Research Program Assistant will join our team of physicians, scientists and laboratory technicians for sleep and breathing research in the division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He/she will be crucial for the success of several ongoing clinical research projects.
The candidate will work with the Principal Investigator (PI) and other study coordinator(s) to organize and conduct research trials. The Research Program Assistant will be responsible for advertising, screening, enrolling participants in these trials. They will also need to keep organized records of studies and communicate regularly with study participants as well as the PI and study team.
Patient-related procedures include the following: Screening participants using electronic medical records, telling about/consenting for research, coordinating research visits with patients and staff, administering questionnaires, maintaining communication with participants (mail, email, phone), entering study participant data. Skill in taking vital signs and basic processing of samples (blood, urine, etc.) is not required but is helpful and may be part of the job training. Regulatory procedures include: Assistance with IRB submissions, keeping meticulous records, developing protocols, reporting adverse events.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, most job tasks can be performed remotely but occasional on-site visits may be needed. Eventually, the majority of work will be conducted on-site at the Bayview Asthma and Allergy Center.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Have complete knowledgeable of study protocols so that study activities are completed correctly and completely.
Screen and recruit potential study participants according to a protocol’s inclusion and exclusion criteria;
Coordinate participant visits and follow-up, schedule appointments with study participants, make telephone reminders, send recruitment letters, track and locate participants.
Ensure that proper written informed consent from each study participant is obtained prior to entering study; ensure that the original signed and dated consent from each study participant is filed in participants’ research record.
Design and maintain organizational tools to conduct the study accurately and in compliance with good research practice.
Maintain study-related supply inventory or equipment
Maintain participant’s follow-up tracking database; maintain records of study participants’ status by using an enrollment log.
Maintain an organized filing system for electronic and paper-based research records according to HIPAA and IRB regulations and guidelines
Administer survey questionnaires if mandated by study protocol
Create study related materials including labels/boxes for test tubes, checklists
Meet with research patients in research clinic, clinical inpatient areas, or via home visits as required by study protocols.
Enter data into databases and, organize, edit, and verify accuracy
Provide assistance for IRB submissions including completing progress reports, adverse event forms, changes in research
Keep the Clinical Research and Management System (CRMS) up to date with patient eligibility and enrollment in research studies.
Interact regularly with members of the research team
Perform sample processing (labeling, organizing, freezing, centrifuging, pipetting, shipping). Training can be provided.
High School Diploma/GED and some related experience.
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. *
Bachelor’s Degree; Prefer some related coursework or administrative experience.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Has ability to use personal computer; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, email, videoconferencing software; database and spreadsheet knowledge.
Has excellent oral and written communication skills and interviewing techniques
Has strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills
Has ability to manage multiple tasks in a detailed manner
Has basic knowledge of medical terminology
Performs with limited supervision, but asks for clarification when needed regarding data quality and integrity issues
Promptly notifies supervisors of any potential concerns regarding interactions with patients
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
Must have current CPR certification.
Human research courses must be completed and appropriate exams passed with necessary certification within 2 weeks of start date.
Physical requirements for the job:
Able to commute to the workplace as needed
Sitting in a normal seated position in office setting
Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time
Lifting and/or 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
Classified Title: Research Program Assistant Working Title: Research Program Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Salary Range: $13.00 - $16.93; Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:30am-5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/ week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview Department name: 10002817-SOM DOM Pulmonary Personnel area: School of Medicine
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