Research Technician in Anesthesiology

North Carolina, United Sates
28 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Occupational Summary

Perform a variety of clinical research duties including recruitment of study participants, scheduling of study participants, explaining study procedures to study participants, assisting at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, administering questionnaires and sensory testing to study participants, and assisting with data organization and analysis in support of Duke University research operations.

Work Performed

Perform a variety of interpersonal, organizational, and complex technical duties for clinical research studies of (1) the relationship between brain reward/value processing, chronic pain (e.g., fibromyalgia), and opioid use / addiction, and (2) spinal cord processes of chronic pain and influence of opioid use. Involved in planning and conducting clinical research study visits with individuals with chronic pain and healthy (pain-free) volunteers. Recruitment and scheduling of study participants for involvement in a longitudinal study with 0 month, 6 month, and 12 month follow-up time points. Provide clear explanation of study visit procedures and thoughtful assistance and guidance for study visit participants. Collection, documentation, compilation, and organization of study recruitment progress, research data, and miscellaneous notes pertaining to the study visit. Confer with principal investigator to review study recruitment, timeline, procedures, unanticipated issues. Assist principal investigator to develop plans, generate ideas, and provide proactive solutions for efficient recruitment and recruitment. Meticulous attention to detail to ensure complete and accurate data collection and any notes pertaining to deviations from protocol procedures or issues during the study visits. Administer questionnaires, training on behavioral tasks, and a variety of sensory tests to study participants. Perform administrative duties of providing timely payment to participants and follow-up after study visits. Review laboratory methods manual, scientific journals, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments. Determine and set up instruments, material and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests. Maintain sufficient inventory of material, supplies and equipment for performance of duties; clean and maintain laboratory equipment. Review work of lower level laboratory personnel within designated areas and assist in training new personnel. Assist clinical research coordinator and/or postdoc for all regulatory requirements and documentation. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience with one or more of the following is preferred:
  • Planning, recruitment/screening, and scheduling of patients for research studies
  • Data collection and/or analysis of neuroimaging using MRI, fMRI, DTI, MR spectroscopy, PET in humans (preferred) or animals
  • Data collection from clinical populations and excellent patient interaction / rapport
  • Sensory, behavioral, or clinical testing in patients (e.g., pain testing, behavioral tasks, questionnaires), possibly including data collection and analysis


Experience with recruitment and clinical research, interactions with patients in medical or research settings, and/or experience or familiarity with conducting / data collection / data analysis of MRI or other imaging scans considered a plus.

Requisition Number: 401512935
Location: Durham
Job Family Level: 08
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-exempt 
Full Time / Part Time: FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary: Regular
Shift: First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas, an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology or other science related scientific field.



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