Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Research Program Assistant II (RPA II) will assist with the recruitment, scheduling, and complex, detailed tracking of subjects participating in one or more research projects. The RPA II works directly with research subjects to screen them for eligibility, systematically conduct standardized psychophysical, electrophysical, behavioral, and psychological assessments and maintain records of testing. A variety of computer-controlled laboratory sensory testing devices will be used including: thermal sensory analyzers, algometers, von frey filaments, cold water baths, etc. The RPA II will also involve coordination with other staff to ensure these tests are conducted at specific time-points. This position involves using this equipment to study human subjects at least 50% of the time. The position reports directly to the laboratory manager or study investigator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Telephone screening candidates to determine eligibility of potential volunteers for a project.
Scheduling subjects for research visits and study procedures according to written protocol.
Coordinate staff and resources required for study procedures.
Explain study procedure to participants and obtaining informed consent.
Use software to manage, track and report flow of subjects through protocols.
Ensure completion of study measures and instruments.
Check for accuracy and ensuring proper storage and entry of data in a timely manner.
Work closely with data manager to assist in quality control procedures.
Responsible for recruitment of subjects and implementing recruitment procedures.
Prepare summary reports for research meetings as scheduled.
Coordinate and notify study team members of study meetings and tasks needing completion.
Respond in a timely manner to project requests or queries related to data.
Utilize a variety of computer-controlled laboratory sensory testing devices to study human subjects 50% of the time, including thermal sensory analyzers, algometers, von frey filaments, cold water baths, etc., equipment related to blood draws includes IV lines, needles, vials, and various other processing equipment and supplies. Teach subjects how to use a variety of study equipment used for ambulatory monitoring.
Has frequent/regular contact with research subjects and a variety of medical professionals.
The position may involve travel to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine campus and/or the University of Maryland Baltimore campus.
May be required to supervise unpaid volunteers and student employees performing data entry.
Perform administrative and clerical tasks as needed, including ordering supplies.
Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):
High School Diploma/GED.
2 years 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
Bachelor's degree preferred. 2 years related research experience with human subjects strongly desired.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Ability to work independently.
Ability to interact with faculty and staff on research teams, in clinical programs, and with educational outreach initiative to strategize about their communication needs.
Attention to detail a must. Good proofreading skills.
Excellent oral communication skills to deal effectively within and outside the department.
Excellent written communications skills.
Skilled in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher.
Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about the work of the department as well to acquire new technical skills as needed.
Excellent organizational skills to work effectively in an environment that requires balancing multiple assignments.
Ability to interact effectively and compassionately with individuals at all levels and from diverse cultures.
Working knowledge of REDCap, Qualtrics, and SPSS a major plus.
Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II Working Title: Research Program Assistant II Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: $14.14 - $19.44, Commensurate wtih 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: 10003139-SOM Psy Behavioral Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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