The Department of Mental Health Research is seeking a Research Program Assistant to provide administrative and project support to faculty member with a diverse portfolio of research projects including objectively measured sleep and extensive cognitive and brain health assessments. Serve as an assistant to the Quality Control Lead for a landmark study of mental health issues and aging in the general population, which begun in 1981 and now in its 5th wave of data collection, (we expect to collect data on up to 600 study participants). Assistant would provide post-data collection editing, coding and data entry.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Use software applications such as spreadsheets, statistical packages, and graphics packages to assemble and format datasets and conduct analyses using high resolution accelerometer data.
Contact participants for recruitment (e.g., contacting and screening prospective participants, obtaining informed consent).
Facilitate collection and analysis of sleep/wake data by distributing sleep assessment devices (wrist actigraphs) to participants, receiving actigraphs by mail, extracting and scoring collected actigraphy data.
Work with a data analyst and Sleep Technologist to facilitate integration of data into a master database.
Interact with multidisciplinary investigators regarding project activities, including coordinating investigator meetings and special events.
Perform periodic updates of project status including tracking of ongoing analyses.
Assist with manuscript preparation including performing literature reviews, citation management, preparing figures, and on-line submission.
Assist with preparation and formatting of slides / posters for scientific presentations.
Set up and coordinate investigator meetings.
Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to, copying, faxing, mailing and filing.
Complete related trainings such as Human Subjects Protections (CITI), HIPAA and other IRB training modules.
Quality Control activities are an integral component of rigorous data collection protocol in order to ensure high quality data. Research Program Assistant works under the day-to-day supervision of the Field Manager and Quality Control/Quality Assurance Manager to review hard-copy data collection instruments for completeness, accuracy, and legibility. Provides ongoing feedback to field staff on errors and omissions. Reviews cognitive test sheets and codes according to standard coding schema, with double-coding by two separate coders. Discrepancies are reviewed and reconciled by the coders.
Perform data entry to RedCap, using a double-blind data entry system, and reconciling errors with Manager. Other QA/QC tasks may include call-backs to study participants for feedback as well as other assignments related to data quality and adherence to field study protocol.
Adhere to the highest standards of human subjects protection and will be required to complete related IRB trainings, HIPAA training, and to sign a confidentiality agreement. Efficiency and quality of work will be monitored for adherence to study protocol and budget constraints. Must attend full training on the field instruments and protocol, including cognitive test administration and coding.
The Research Assistant reports to the Field Manager and Research Supervisor, who provide assignments and guidance. Efficiency and quality of work will be monitored for adherence to study protocol and budget constraints.
High School Diploma / GED with some related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Prior experience with cognitive assessment measures, electronic data capture systems and data management, is not essential, as training will be provided, but would be a significant advantage.
Must clear State and Federal criminal background and finger-printing checks.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Computer literacy – Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Web Browsers and Email
Ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines
Strong communication skills to ensure timely follow-up and resolution to any issues
Strong attention to detail
Self-sufficient and self-motivated; able to work autonomously
Interfaces with wide array of individuals both in person and remotely
Sitting at a desk, using a desktop computer for several hours at a time.
Classified Title:Research Program Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Hourly Range: $13.00 - $16.93; Commensurate with experience Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Public Health, East Batlimore Campus Department Name: Mental Health Research Projects Personnel Area: School of Public Health
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