Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
POSITION OBJECTIVE Working under Project Manager and UMN Site Coordinator, plan and carry out research project in accordance with IRB-approved research protocols. The research is funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is titled Comparing the Effectiveness of Fatigue Management Programs for People with Multiple Sclerosis. The research assistant will provide technical support to the study team and the study participants who will be using video and teleconferencing technology to deliver a fatigue management intervention and baseline assessments. The research assistant will also support recruitment, retention, and data collection and will track participants and collect longitudinal data.
Please note that this position is temporary and contingent upon the availability of work for the position. We expect the position to go for about one year. Grant funding ends in February 2023. This position is benefit-eligible.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. Plan and carry out research protocol as outlined by principal investigator and project manager. Conduct research activities related to data collection; eligibility screening, informed consent and fidelity checks. 2. Conduct research activities related to participant recruitment and retention that may include mailings, telephone calls, flyer distribution, and other strategies determined by the study’s IRB approved engagement plan. 3. Provide technical assistance and problem solving to study team members and study participants to support participation and completion of Managing Fatigue intervention sessions and baseline assessment utilizing video and teleconferencing platforms on different devices (laptops, tablets and smartphones). Provide support/instruction for other study related technology such as REDCap and BOX (i.e., completing questionnaires, completing forms with digital signatures, saving and uploading documents). Must be able to respond timely to incoming calls, e-mails and chats. 4. Must maintain required certifications for protection of human subjects (CITI training). 5. Assist with data entry, data cleaning, data tracking, and creation of reports as requested. 6. Attend weekly team meetings and complete weekly task checklist that will be monitored by the project manager. 7. Perform other duties as assigned.
CONTACTS Department: Weekly contact with the Project Manager, study staff and bi-weekly contact with UMN site coordinator University: Contact with investigators conducting similar research within the university at education and research meetings. External: Contact with study team members across recruiting sites (University of Illinois at Chicago and Case Western Reserve University). Contact with research subjects via telephone, email, and video conferencing. Students: Contact with students who may assist with the project.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.
WORKING CONDITIONS No exposure to hazardous materials expected. Position will not be exposed to hazards in the normal course of events. Must have ability to work some evening and weekend hours when baseline assessments and intervention sessions are scheduled.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 1. Bachelor’s degree in basic science, computer science, nursing, wellness, health education or behavioral science discipline. Or, Associate’s degree in the aforementioned fields and 2 years of experience. Or, a combination of related education and work experience to equal 4 years. 2. Working knowledge of common information technologies and systems such as Zoom and BOX. 3. Comfortable explaining and problem solving with individuals that may have limited technical experience/knowledge. 4. Experience and skill in recruiting and interviewing patients. 5. Some experience working with individuals who have disabilities, experience conducting clinical trials, and experience obtaining informed consent is desirable. 6. Must maintain required certifications for protection of human subjects (CITI training). 7. Highly organized with excellent social and interpersonal skills. 8. Excellent command of English language. 9. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment. 10. Ability to work under limited supervision. 11. Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products, email, and internet searches. 12. Ability to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity in all aspects of working with human subjects. 13. Ability to enter and manage data. 14. Ability to instruct participants in the use of laptops, tablets and smartphones.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 1. Extensive experience in a clinical research setting. 2. Extensive experience and skilled in recruiting and interviewing patients. 3. Proficient in the use of common information technologies and systems such as Zoom and BOX. 4. Working knowledge in the use of REDCap
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