The Research Program Assistant II (RPA II) will be assisting 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. Utilize a variety of computer controlled laboratory sensory testing devices including thermal sensory analyzers, algometers, von frey filaments, cold water baths, etc., will be used to study human subjects at least 50% of the time. Coordinate with other staff to ensure these tests are conducted at specific time-points.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Conduct candidate telephone screening to determine eligibility of potential volunteers for a project.
Schedule 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 of data.
Ensure timely data entry.
Work closely with data manager to assist in quality control procedures.
Recruit subjects and implement recruitment procedures.
Prepare summary reports for research meetings as scheduled.
Coordinate and notify study team members of study meetings and tasks needing completion.
Use 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.
May oversee unpaid volunteers and students who perform data entry.
Perform administrative and clerical tasks as needed, including ordering supplies.
Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Involves frequent/regular contact with research subjects and a variety of medical professionals. May involve travel to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine campus and/or the University of Maryland Baltimore campus. The position reports directly to the laboratory manager or study investigator.
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. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. 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.
Experience with human subjects.
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 written and oral communication skills to deal effectively within and outside the department.
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 with individuals at all levels and from diverse cultures.
Working knowledge of REDCap, Qualtrics, and SPSS a major plus.
Physical requirements for the job:
Able to sit in a normal seated position for extended periods.
Able to reach by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
Finger dexterity required, able to manipulate objects with fingers rather than entire hand(s) or arm(s), e.g., use of computer keyboard.
Communication skills using the spoken word.
Ability to see within normal parameters.
Ability to hear within normal range.
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 with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Up to 40 hours per week Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview Department name: 10003139-SOM Psy Behavioral Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
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