Research Assistant

Connecticut, United States
12 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University Job Title: Research Assistant 1 HSS
Bargaining Unit: L34 - Local 34 (Yale Union Group)
Time Type: Full time
Duration Type: Fixed
If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible? Yes
Other Fixed Duration Date: 31-Aug-2020
Compensation Grade: Labor Grade C
Work Location: Medical School Campus
Worksite Address: 34 Park Street New Haven, CT 06519
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Searchable Job Family: Research Res Support, Research/Support
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5

Position Focus:

Position involves full time post on a funded research study of eating disorders in recent Veterans with aims relating to their prevalence, comorbidity, risk factors for their onset and associated health care usage. In addition it will aim to validate a scalable screen. The study is jointly led by Dr Mitchell of the National Center for PTSD and the Boston VA and Dr Cooper. It aims to address four interrelated questions using a two-stage design; a large-scale survey (completed at the Boston site) followed by detailed clinical interviews using a case control design (Yale site). The goal is to: examine the prevalence of full and subthreshold eating disorders among recent male and female Veterans and accompanying comorbidity with particular emphasis on temporal associations between eating disorders and comorbid disorders; study early childhood risk factors as well as more recent military related factors for the onset and maintenance of disorder; explore treatment use and access and validate scalable screening measures for early identification of disorders in this population.
The candidate’s role would be to recruit and consent participants for the interview part of the study, conduct detailed research interviews of eating disorder status and childhood and early adulthood risk factors for the onset of eating disorders.  The candidate would also be required to input and manage data and manage contacts with participants and arrange for them to be compensated for their time.
Preference for candidates that can commit to 2 years.

Essential Duties

1. Researches and collects data through site or home visit intakes; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments. 2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports. 3. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses. Reports on status of research activities. 4. Recruits study participants and ensures that subject recruitment and follow-up are completed per protocol procedures. 5. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments. May assist research and support staff. 6. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated proficiency with research, including proven ability to conduct research interviews.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Word and Excel. Demonstrated proficiency with a statistical package such as SPSS and data management skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability and appreciation for handling sensitive data.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to multitask and to problem solve. Excellent attendance, reliability and punctuality, as attested by references.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Degree in a related area (such as psychology, public health) would be preferred. Experience with eating disorders and/or eating disorder research, clinical trials, mobile health, computer programming, would be an asset but not required.

Weekend Hours Required? Occasional
Evening Hours Required? Occasional
Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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