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Research Assistant III (15104 Seniors Project)

Description

We are hiring a Research Assistant III for the study 15104 Seniors Project, which is a grant funded position through the University of Pittsburgh.  The Research Assistant III will provide outreach, recruitment, and interviews of participants 65 years and older for the 15104 Seniors Project research study.

This position is grant funded.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct 2-3 home assessments per week according to research guidelines, which include accuracy and competency in:
    • obtaining informed consent
    • collecting data
    • performing physical/neurological examination under supervision of the Research Coordinator
    • conducting neuropsychological testing
    • following research protocol for cash participant payments
  • Schedule appointments according to protocol.
  • Obtain blood samples and strictly adhere to Universal Precaution standards
  • Conduct physical exams of participants.  
  • Keep retention of participants a priority.
  • Maintain and respect participant confidentiality at all times. 
  • Ensure study compliance and best research practices in accordance with the protocol and University/Federal guidelines and laws.
  • Handle clinical issues that arise from the assessments in a sensitive, professional manner, and report details to appropriate personnel.
  • Complete accurate coding, scoring, and Clinical Dementia Rating for each subject preferably on the same day as visit or at least within 1-2 days of the visit.
  • Conduct follow-up phone calls according to research guidelines.
  • Participate in consensus conferences with other Research Associates.
  • Maintain accurate records/logs of work completed.
  • Communicate effectively with Research Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Oakland staff
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrate motivation, judgment and initiative appropriately.
  • Perform in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Participate in community events.
  • Recruitment of new participants for the study.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED required. Some college preferred.
  • Familiarity with computers and common software packages required.
  • Prior related work experience in a research setting preferred.
  • Comfortability working with seniors (65+) preferred.
  • Comfortability working within the community preferred.
  • Working knowledge of research methodology strongly preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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