Research Assistant 1, HSS

Connecticut, United States
Nov 15, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jan 15, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, assist with various aspects of a clinical trial addressing smoking cessation for cancer patients. Tasks include but are not limited to: recruiting and screening prospective participants, administering assessments and research-related materials to subjects, data collection, assistance with administrative tasks, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens (i.e., breath, urine, blood) and academic work (e.g., literature searches, summarizing data). The clinical trial will be conducted at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Office space for research staff is available at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, CT.

Essential Duties

1. Researches and collects data through site or home visit intakes; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments. 2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. 3. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. 4. Recruits study participants and ensures that subject recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures. 5. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May assist research and support staff. 6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Outstanding organization skills and attention to detail.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Experience working in a fast-paced setting and/or with a multidisciplinary team. Excellent interpersonal skills.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to use electronic databases such as medical records, programs for entering and analyzing data, and programs for administering questionnaires.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelor's Degree in a related field. Previous experience working on clinical research trials preferred. Previous experience working with older adults or a medically compromised population in clinical or research setting preferred. Working knowledge of 1 or more statistical programs preferred, (such as SPSS, SAS, R, etc.). Experience with EPIC, Qualitrics and RedCap.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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Additional Background or Health Screening Requirements

Selected incumbent must have successful completion of a required health screening and/or TB test.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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