Research Program Assistant

Maryland, United States
$12.19-$16.77 (commensurate with experience)
31 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB 
Starting Salary Range: $12.19-$16.77 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full-Time 
Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday occasional Saturdays
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 17-MD:JH Prohealth Gwynn Oak 
Department name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal Medicine 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


Position will support participant recruitment, retention and data collection for several research studies conducted at the ProHealth clinical research unit in Woodlawn. The Research Program Assistant will work with the Research Project Coordinator and other staff in preparing documentation for data collection, organizing participant visits, conducting the study visits, and collecting and processing biological specimens. 


Documentation for Data Collection:

  • Collection of questionnaires/physical assessments from data collection visits and telephone assessments
  • Data entry of participant information into study databases
  • Procedures for data integrity, data security and confidentiality followed

Participant Data Collection:

  • Establish and maintain working relationship with study participant, ProHealth staff, and investigators
  • Conduct participant consent procedures
  • Conduct participant interviews based on study protocols
  • Administer data collection tools, including questionnaires
  • Assess blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference, and other procedures as needed in studies
  • Collect and process biological specimens (blood and urine primarily)
  • Administer telephone assessments 
  • Contact participants by phone, as needed, to collect data and to schedule and confirm appointments
  • Implement follow-up protocol for hard to reach participants and no-shows 

Related Project Tasks:

  • Participate in staff meetings 
  • Assist project coordinator as necessary with study related tasks including preparing letters and documents, filing, emailing, mass mailings, reviewing charts, editing forms, maintaining databases, and conducting literature/web searches
  • Participate in cross-training to cover other studies and provide support as necessary


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a friendly manner and team work ethnic
  • Initiative, ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in MS Word/Excel, Access
  • Phlebotomy, centrifuging and other lab experience
  • Blood Pressure measurement, ECG and other clinical measurements
  • Assist in a “feeding study” by working in Metabolic Kitchen with weighing and processing food preparation.
  • Other tasks as needed


Minimum qualifications (mandatory): High School diploma and some related experience required. 

Preferred qualifications: Some college classes preferred but appropriate experience may substitute for college credits. Health related experience required and experience in a research setting preferred.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities: Must have initiative, excellent verbal communications skills, good organizational skills, a friendly manner and team work ethic.  Experience with interviewing, blood drawing, and physical measurements such as blood pressure measurement required.  Proficiency in MS Word/Excel required.  Availability during early morning hours required for conducting assessment protocols and performing fasting blood draws.   Availability on some Saturdays and evenings also required for participant visits, along with willingness to travel for data collection and visits off-site at locations, other than ProHealth.

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

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