Research Program Assistant II

Maryland, United States
27 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC 
Starting Salary Range: $13.73-$18.87
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: Varied, M-F evenings, some Saturdays during day through June 2020
Exempt Status: S1 Hrly Non-Exmpt 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General summary/purpose:

The Research Assistant (RA) will work within the Center for Public Health and Human Rights in the Department of Epidemiology. They will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Principal Investigator (PI), Research Analyst and community partners on a study with transgender women and gender non-conforming adults as part of a large cohort study on sexual health in Baltimore. The RA will be responsible for participant recruitment, enrollment, data collection, and retention.

This position requires availability during weeknights and periodically during the daytime on Saturday (approximately 1-2 per month).

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Direct communication with study participants to answer participant questions about the study;
  • Schedule and screen participants; consenting participants; administering surveys using computerized surveys for participants who are unable to self-administer surveys;
  • Provide instructions for self-collected specimens for testing for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Complete lab forms and perform blood draws for STI testing; enter lab data into study database;
  • Provide pre- and post-test counseling and instructing participants on the use of HIV self-testing kits; transport specimens to lab within the hospital;
  • Contact participants to share STI test results and to remind them of study appointments;
  • Attend community events to promote the study;
  • While these are the primary responsibilities, other duties and tasks may be assigned depending on the skill set and interest of the RA.

Minimum qualifications:

High School Diploma/GED required and 2 (two) years of experience. The ideal candidate should have research experience and extensive phlebotomy experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, 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.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with transgender or LGBT populations highly preferred.
  • Certification as a registered Phlebotomist by a nationally recognized agency is preferred (e.g., National Center for Competency Testing, American Medical Technologists, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, National Phlebotomy Association). Two (2) years’ experience as a trained phlebotomist preferred.
  • Maryland HIV pre- and post-test counseling certification and experience with computers and data collection technologies desired.

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

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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.

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