Research Assistant

Connecticut, United States
15 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Under the general direction of the Program Director and Administrative Core Director, provide a broad range of research support for a large diverse multi-site research program at the West Haven VA Medical Center. The successful candidate will participate in multi-study programs, including the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS), at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and will be responsible for electronic communications, media interface, and archiving. This includes maintaining the study website, social media outreach, formatting and submitting manuscripts for review/publication, and processing project proposals. Communicate information and data in written and verbal form to colleagues, sponsors, senior management, and government officials, including the development of reports for various constituencies and publications.

Essential Duties

  1. Researches and collects data through site or home visit intakes; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for research projects.
  2. Interprets, synthesizes, and analyzes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Modifies and plans research experiments, procedures, tests, or survey instruments. Assists in research design.
  3. Writes and edits material for publication and presentation. Reports on status of research activities. Oversees and instructs research and support staff on technical procedures, equipment operation, and laboratory maintenance.
  4. Schedules and coordinates research activities. Identifies and recruits study participants. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies.
  5. May assist in preparing financial information and monitoring budgets.
  6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Two years of related work experience in the same job family and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Excellent computer skills using a variety of Microsoft Office Suite tools.  Strong knowledge of electronic resources and reference tools, particularly End Note.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Well-developed organization, oral and written communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to interact with researchers, staff and all levels of administration.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to multitask and problem solve. 

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Extreme attention to detail and high level of accuracy.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Experience at Yale or the VA, and knowledge of SDL Tridian for website management.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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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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