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Senior Research Assistant Clinical Research

Description

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is seeking a Full-time Senior Research Assistant, Clinical Research to support the Project STEPuP Prenatal Provider Edu/Training department!

This position will work Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours are subject to change based on business needs.

This position is grant-funded.

The employee will conduct research visits, including participant recruitment, survey administration and semi-structured interviews. They will assist with data cleaning, data extraction, data entry, and quality assurance, as well as completing regulatory requirements. The Krans Lab conducts health services research with pregnant women diagnosed with opioid use disorder. Pregnant women with substance use disorders often face profound social, economic and physical challenges which require a multi-faceted approach to healthcare delivery. Our work focuses on developing interventions that account for these complexities and capitalize on the inherent desire during pregnancy to improve health-related behaviors. The employee will conduct research visits, including participant recruitment, survey administration and semi-structured interviews.. The ideal candidate must demonstrate exceptional communication and social skills, be well organized and self-motivated. They must be able to prepare data from various internal and external sources in order to import into existing databases and be able to manually enter and manage other data.

This position will be responsible for accurately performing research projects according to established study design and procedures under limited faculty supervision. This position will also act as a lead resource for other laboratory support personnel and coordinate the daily operations in the designated research area. 


Responsible for accurately performing research projects according to established study design and procedures and is under limited faculty or Research Associate supervision. Acts as a lead resource for other laboratory support personnel. Under supervision, coordinates the daily operations in the designated research area. Performs a variety of complete functions, including overseeing timely and accurate functioning in the respective area.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the proper preparation of labels, proper storage and disposal of reagents, and proper equipment calibration for research projects.
  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage and analysis of data and reporting of results.
  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast of new knowledge and techniques in research area or function.
  • Assist the Research Associate and/or principal researcher in the day-to-day oversight of the research support staff and investigator's research budgets.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Communicate the daily progress of research projects via meetings with, and written reports to, research investigators and/or the Research Associate.
  • Perform site visits as a clinical monitor for multi-center trials.
  • Assist in record keeping, inventory and equipment management.
  • Facilitate study initiation by attending necessary meetings.
  • Administer questionnaires and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Act as a technical resource on a daily basis, leading the activities of other research support staff.
  • 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 with training programs for other Research Assistants and Research Technicians on research activities and practice.

 

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. 
  • Two years’ experience in a research environment with at least one year in the designated specialty of research.
  • 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.
  • Successfully meet all competency requirements established for a Senior Level Research Assistant.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

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