Research Assistant, School of Medicine

Maryland, United States
09 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

General Description: 

This individual will work with the research team to implement funded studies on tobacco and alcohol use interventions. One study will focus testing a computer-delivered intervention for smoking. The other study a community based research project testing an alcohol reduction intervention for women in Baltimore.

The research assistant will help the team design recruitment procedures and materials, develop and submit an Institutional Review Board proposal, recruit individuals to participate in the trials, oversee survey administration, abstract medical record data, data entry and management, and track adherence to the protocol.  In addition, the research assistant will schedule meetings, assist in preparing meeting agendas, and keeping and circulating meeting minutes.  Though not required, basic statistical skills including experience merging datasets and running basic descriptive tables is preferred.  The position requires decision-making skills, excellent problem-solving skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

The study activities outlined above will be conducted in the Division of General Internal Medicine located on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain knowledge of all aspects of the research protocols
  • Oversee data collection for studies
  • Assist in the development of the institutional review board application and standard operating procedures
  • Collaborate with the research team to resolve data issues to assure data quality for documentation and dissemination of data
  • Follow federal, state and institutional laws and guidelines to access and maintain confidential records related to research patient health information
  • Generate reports for project deliverables
  • Assist with basic database design
  • Recruit participants into study, administer surveys and abstract medical record information, enter and manage data
  • Coordinate and participate in study meetings including the preparation of agendas and meeting minutes
  • Using internal software tools, database, and script guidelines, reach out to candidates on the phone to speak with them about the project, determine eligibility, and record responses to interview questions.
  • Perform informed consent, and run participants through study assessments and behavioral intervention (delivered by computer)
  • Ensure security, quality, and confidentiality of data by following policies and procedures
  • Schedule follow up visits and follow patient retention procedures including reminder calls, text messages
  • Complete data entry regarding participant information.
  • Complete all training in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned


  1. Bachelor’s in related field
  2. Some related experience in recruiting and consenting is preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Ability to think critically and to ask questions when unsure.
  • Must be able to function independently.
  • Effective communication and strong organizational skills.
  • Efficient and detail-oriented
  • Able to effectively multi-task

Experience in working in a health care setting and knowledge of universal precautions is preferable. 

This individual should possess good organizational skills and the ability to make modifications in daily work activities to achieve recruitment and enrollment goals. S/he must be able to take directions from several individuals to accomplish tasks for the day.  This individual will be handling sensitive and confidential patient information and must abide by the University HIPAA guidelines of strict patient confidentiality.  Basic computer skills are necessary.

This position requires professional interactions with study participants, faculty, clinical and research staff of the project.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Other experiences considered helpful, but not required: community work or volunteering, work or volunteer time in a research setting.

Due to the nature of the role, some early evening and/or weekend hours may be required to reach study participants when they are available.

Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; must have the ability to work well and communicate effectively with others.  Strong attention to details and follow-ups; must be able to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks.   

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10-$22.12 (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Part-time 
Schedule: 8:30 to 5 pm; or, 1-5 pm or 9 am -1 pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal Medicine 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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

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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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