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Research Assistant Clinical Research

Description

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is seeking a Full-time Research Assistant – Clinical Research to support the Fetal Medicine department!

This position will work Monday through Friday daylight hours with a possibility of some evenings and/or weekends to accommodate study participants. Some travel may be required for training or if a new study required home visits. Hours and travel are subject to change based on business needs.

This position is grant-funded.

This position will be responsible for processing samples, maintaining laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in research and the ability to work independently under tight deadlines.

This department conducts various research studies focused on improving healthcare for women and infants to understand what elements influence pregnancy outcomes. The Research Assistant will work on various projects involving pregnant women and infants. The study projects are aimed at improving outcomes for moms and babies. One of the projects involved testing pregnant women for sleep apnea and teaching women with mild sleep apnea how to use a CPAP machine. The assistant will help recruit eligible women for the studies, conduct study visits, collect bio-specimens, schedule patient visits, review medical records and enter data. They will assist with study start-up tasks, training, and tracking study progress. 

Under Faculty or Research Associate supervision, accurately performs research projects according to established study design and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have experience with sleep studies and is willing to commit to at least two years of work.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • When position is required to work within the outpatient clinic, assist with patient care activities to ensure efficient and appropriate service.
  • Administer questionnaires and assists with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Prepare, label, store and disposes of reagents, and calibrates equipment for research projects.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.
  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast in research area of function.
  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage and analysis of data and reporting of results.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology or other basic science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a science or health related field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in related science courses.
  • Manual dexterity and visual acuity necessary for handling and processing specimens for testing, including preparation of specimens, operation of laboratory equipment, microscopic examination, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with patients, staff, and investigators

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 33

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