Research Program Assistant

Maryland, United States
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title:  Research Program Assistant 
Working Title:  ​​​​​RPA II Technician
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $14.00-$19.25 commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10003139-SOM Psy Behavioral Medicine 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General summary/purpose:

This staff position involves assisting with the recruitment, scheduling, and tracking of subjects participating in several clinical trials and research projects. This position involves working 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. This position involves using this equipment to study human subjects 70 to 85% of the time. The candidate will also be required to start I.V. lines (we will send the successful applicant for certification to do this), draw and process blood. The position will also be responsible for aiding in the maintenance of study equipment and organization of technical supplies.

Specific Duties/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 of data.
  • Ensure timely data entry. 
  • Phlebotomy and IV placement.
  • Blood draws and blood processing.
  • 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
  • Maintenance for study equipment and technical supplies.
  • Perform administrative and clerical tasks as needed, including ordering supplies

A variety of computer controlled laboratory sensory testing devices will be used 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. This position involves IV line placement and blood draws. This position involves using this equipment to study human subjects 70 to 85% of the time.

The position involves some travel to other Johns Hopkins campuses, and frequent/regular contact with research subjects and a variety of medical professionals. The position may involve supervision of unpaid volunteers and part-time employees performing data entry. The position reports directly to the laboratory manager or study investigator.

Minimum qualifications:

High School Diploma/GED. 2 years related experience.

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 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.

Preferred qualifications:

Prior research experience with human subjects is strongly desired.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

This job requires a very high degree of independent action once fully trained. Successful candidates must be well organized and have excellent interpersonal skills and at least a college degree. Excellent computer skills are required. Successful candidates must be able to operate under a flexible weekday schedule, dependent upon research subjects’ schedules and facility availability. Candidates must be responsible, flexible, and open to learning new skills. Prior research experience is required. Applicants must possess excellent interpersonal skills, be detail-oriented, and comfortable working closely with others. Background in behavioral sciences is desired, but not required.  Must be CPR certified within two months of employment. Must be certified in phlebotomy within two months of employment.

Successful candidates often have ambitions and ability for advance graduate training in psychology or medicine and are comfortable or desiring experience in a fast-paced medical research setting.  Position requires the flexible implementation of various test procedures in a variety of settings and locations per multiple approved research protocols.

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:

At least 70% of this position involves directly using a personal computer and a variety of software packages. This position requires excellent computer skills, knowledge, and experience with Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Excel, Word, and Power Point. Working knowledge of FileMaker database software, Qualtrics, and SSPS is a major plus. Successful applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for learning novel software programs used to conduct sensory testing.

Any specific physical requirements for the job:

  • Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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