Research Program Assistant

Maryland, United States
28 May 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

General summary/purpose:

The Research Program Assistant will be responsible for recruitment of all participants for the computational psychiatry research study and oxidative stress neuroimaging study at Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Campus and the Hopkins Bayview Campus, monitoring the study’s progress, and ensuring the study’s compliance with IRB and sponsor requirements.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

Responsible for participant recruitment through posting advertisements and screening the mood disorders inpatient unit and the Hopkins Bayview Community Psychiatry Program: verifies subject eligibility in accordance with research protocol; obtains informed consent; communicates with the study subjects throughout the research process; schedules interviews and blood draws; submits blood samples to laboratory for analysis; completes structured participant interviews, willingness to be phlebotomy certified; reimburses subjects upon completion of their participation.

Responsible for editing and entering data; corrects data by performing database ‘logic check’ procedures.  Create and manage a spreadsheet containing subject information and data.  Responsible for corresponding with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutional Review Board (IRB):  prepares and submits annual continuing review request with supporting report; prepares and submits required amendment requests for research protocol; reports adverse events in accordance with IRB and National Institute of Mental Health (sponsor) requirements; adheres to all protocol requirements to ensure data validity and ethical treatment of subjects. Responsible for assessing and summarizing study progress with principal investigator and other researchers; maintains ongoing communication with coordinators at the other sites.  Orients all new staff (research assistants, residents, fellows, and clinicians) working on studies. Responsible for scheduling and facilitating a weekly meeting of study physicians and professional staff two monthly meetings of research staff members. 

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED. Two years work related experience.
  • Preferred qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Public Health or other related discipline preferred. Previous research experience.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Proficiency in MS Windows, Paradox, Word, and Excel, phlebotomy certification recommended, professional attitude, mature outlook, good communication skills, and sensitivity towards clinical population. 

Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II 
Working Title:   ​​​​​Research Program Assistant II
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Hourly Pay Range: $13.12 - $18.04
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 40 Hours A Week 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003131-SOM Psy Affect Disorders and Psych Genet 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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