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Research Assistant

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Position Information

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Position Information

Recruitment Pool All Applicants
Working Title Research Assistant
Role Title Lab & Research Spec I
Position Number 577690
Department Inst for Drug Alcohol Stud
Description of General Responsibilities

The employee will be expected to perform most components of data collection from human-subject volunteers required for a biomedical behavioral research study. These include: 1) Subject recruitment, including placement of IRB-approved fliers and media advertisements about research studies being conducted at IDAS, as well as collection and computer entry of responses and information furnished by potential research volunteers contacting the lab by phone in order to identify possible participants, 2) Collection of informed consent from research volunteers, including describing the study to research participant candidates in simple language, and overseeing the signing of consent and assent forms, 3) Biological data collection, including collection and testing of urine drug samples using test kits as well as administration of breathalyzer assessment of alcohol intoxication, 4) Psychometric data collection, including administration, collection and scoring of paper-and-pencil or computer-driven questionnaires, as well as administration and recording of computer-driven cognitive performance tasks, 5) Collection of brain imaging-related data in conjunction with an MR technologist, such as by administering computerized tasks during MRI sessions, 6) Accurate and secure transmission and storage of study data, including to centralized databases or to physically-secured case report forms for industry-sponsored clinical trials, and 7) Accurate calculation of subject compensation. As part of the assessment, the employee will be expected to coordinate a busy study visit for the subjects, including escorting research volunteers to and from the different tasks and testing rooms and waiting rooms of the CARI laboratory.

Cascading goals for this position are as follows:

- Responsible for performing duties regarding subject recruitment, enrollment and screening activities in accordance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) for multiple clinical trials implemented by the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. Activities include but are not limited to distributing VCU IRB approved study advertising in pre-approved locations (e.g., VCU clinics, community agencies, local businesses, etc), conducting informed consent with potential study participants, administering standardized screening assessments and behavioral tasks.
- Administrative duties pertaining to conduct of clinical trials research include organizing and maintaining research subject binders, performing data entry and validation procedures in Redcap online data management systems, maintaining and ensuring currently approved versions of study consent forms, assessment instruments, providing adequate documentation of subject visits, scheduling study participants.
- Duties associated with ensuring the protection of human subjects in research include ongoing monitoring and reporting of adverse events (to study investigators), documenting concomitant medications at each visit, protecting participant confidentiality and ensuring subject understanding of study requirements. Ongoing communication with study investigators regarding study progress and research subject concerns and feedback.

Required Qualifications

Computer skills including word processing, data entry, spreadsheet, database management, and entry level statistical/programming skills required. Clinical skills, including fundamental clinical skills such as establishing rapport, maintaining participant motivation, empathic responding, ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, and ability to use clinical judgment in (rare) emergency situations. Organizational skills, including understanding of HIPAA regulations. Ability to organize meetings, and present reports. Ability to work in a diverse environment is required.

Preferred Qualifications

We are especially interested in applicants who have previous experience with physiological assessment. Experience with Linux, Eprime, SAS, and Microsoft Office software preferred.Experience in being involved in academic research in a related field. Degree in psychology neuroscience or related field preferred.

Pay Band 03
Anticipated Hiring Range 32,000-42,000
Campus MCV Campus
Position Type Classified (full-time)
Hours/Week 40
Normal work days M-F
Normal work hours 8-5
Job Open Date 09/14/2017
Remove from posting on or before 12/29/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Category Research
Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? Yes
Economic Indicator: No
Is any portion of this position grant-funded? Yes - Continuation of this position depends on funding of the grant.
Sensitive Position Yes- A pre-employment fingerprint background check will be required.
Resource Critical Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe any experience you have had previously in research or as a research assistant.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have specific experience with patients with substance abuse?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your experience with active participant recruitment for research

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What experience have you had conducting interviews?

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Other Document
  3. Resume