Johns Hopkins University Research Assistant in Baltimore, Maryland

Role/Level/Range: ACRO/03/CD

Starting Salary Range : $15.78-$20.23

Employee group : Full Time

Schedule : M-F, 40 hrs/wk.

Employee subgroup: Non-Exempt

Department name: School of Medicine

Personnel area : Pediatrics

General summary/purpose:

Under the supervision of a Sr. Research Program Coordinator and the Project’s Primary Investigator, the Research Assistant (RA) will support research programs at the Center for Child and Community Health Research through the process of recruiting and coordinating activities for Baltimore-based studies. The studies will include but not be limited to a feasibility study seeking to investigate the child health effects of extreme poverty, a project called Project Connect which aims to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes among young minority males, two projects focused on increasing routing screening for chlamydia and HIV among primary care providers in Baltimore City, a community-based participatory research project entitled Community Approaches to Reducing STDs (CARS) which seeks to decrease rates of STIs among youth in Baltimore City, and other studies as they arise.

The Research Assistant should be able to read and understand the scientific literature, follow protocols and directions very closely, communicate very well in person and by email, have experience collecting and entering data, assist with analyzing data and make presentations to others about the work. A background in public health research is preferred. The ability to grasp the rationale for the methods used and careful attention to details of the protocols are important for success. The range of duties includes, but is not limited to: patient recruitment/ interviews, data collection, data entry, back stopping field efforts, organizing collected information; records management, and communicating with team members on the status of project(s).

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

  • General knowledge of research methods and recruitment practices

  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with marginalized populations, discussing sensitive topics.

  • Assist with the design and planning of questionnaires and other program materials/tools

  • Basic knowledge of public health and a willingness to learn about sexual/reproductive health topics.

  • Data collection and entry

  • Will assist the Sr. Research Program coordinator in developing field schedules and protocols. Will help to coordinate student research assistants.

  • Carries out daily protocol responsibilities

  • Will manage secure downloads of survey data to master study database. Will conduct routine quality checks on data.

  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently with limited supervision.

  • Act as primary contact for study participants, which may include scheduling, confirming appointments, and escorting/directing to various locations on/off campus.

  • Ensure that case files and accompanying paperwork are organized and current.

  • Resolves problems that arise and/or effectively communicates them to the direct supervisor

  • Work cooperatively with others in the center and partnering organizations

  • Joins regular team meetings and if necessary, CDC site calls

  • Other administrative or clerical duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelors in public health, sociology or a related field is required

  • One (1) year experience preferred but not required. Familiarity with REDCap preferred.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Must have great communication skills

  • Must be able to manage time efficiently to meet deadlines

  • Must be able to multi-task

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.