Research Assistant

Maryland, United States
$16.10 - $22.12
08 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
08 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 - $22.12 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General summary/purpose:

The Research Assistant will work with the Assistant Professor on data collection and management of two integral facets/projects of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

The two principal projects are as follows:

  • The first project will involve the integration of hearing data measures and hearing care into the low-vision rehab clinic at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. The RA will be responsible for recruiting low-vision older adults and their caregivers. The RA will directly interface and coordinate with Wilmer Eye Institutes clinicians to recruitment study participants, gather questionnaire, interview, and objective hearing outcome data, and oversee aspects of the hearing care intervention. The RA will be aid in preparing materials for IRB reviews including the submission of new study materials, Further Study Actions (FSAs), and Continuing Reviews. You will be responsible overseeing data collection, data protection, and data entry into electronic database.
  • The second project will involve directly supporting the Engaging Healthcare to Address Communication Environments (ENHANCE) program. ENHANCE is an implementation quality initiative led by the Assistant Professor to address hearing loss as a barrier to patient-provider communication. Research in this area is currently being completed in various phases at Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General (Boston, MA), and Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). The RA will complete data collection, maintain database of files/equipment logs/protected research files, train hospital staff on program, assist in maintaining relationships with hospital leadership, IRB support, distributing training materials as needed, and other related duties as needed. 
  • The RA will directly complete data collection and data management (entry) related to the studies. Data collection specifically includes survey completion and hearing loss screenings.
  • The RA will ensure that equipment calibration is kept up to data for study protocols. The RA will also aid in recruitment. As an active ‘in the field’ member of the research team, the individual will travel some for training purposes. 
  • The RA will also help with manuscript preparation and submission, and administrative management of the Assistant Professor’s clinical and research activities.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline, with some related experience.  Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • 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.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Essential job functions include the independent management and scheduling of activities to support projects.
  • Leadership and communication skills are necessary.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff and participants in research studies.

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

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