Research Support Specialist

Stony Brook, NY
Apr 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Research Support Specialist-1701066

Required Qualifications: (As Evidenced by an Attached Resume)

Bachelor's degree in psychology or related field. Prior experience working with human subject research protocols. Knowledge of research methods demonstrated through coursework.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum (6) six months experience conducting research involving human subjects. Demonstrated organizational skills. Knowledge of basic wet lab techniques.

Brief Description of Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigators, the Research Support Specialist will perform specifically assigned research activities working with both addicted and non-addicted individuals.

  • Conducts experimental testing of subjects during laboratory sessions, by obtaining ratings as well as biological and physiological measures at specified time-points during the sessions.
  • Assess subjects’ continued eligibility for studies by confirming self-reports of drug use and performing urine drug screens and breathalyzer samples. They will also administer clinical ratings using structured and semi-structured rating scales.
  • Recruitment, scheduling and coordination: Facilitates subject enrollment by locating, recruiting and screening subjects from a variety of sources including detox facilities, community health centers, colleges and the general community.
  • Responsible for the tracking, scheduling and retention of subjects during the course of the projects as well as follow-up periods.
  • Coordinating activities of study staff: The incumbent will additionally organize work of other staff members and volunteer research assistants to complete study aims.
  • They will arrange schedules of the team and assign tasks to volunteers.
  • Assesses subjects’ continued eligibility for studies and confirming self-reports of drug use by performing urine drug screens and breathalyzer samples and scheduling subjects for physical examinations.
  • Processing of blood samples. Blood samples will be collected during the laboratory sessions and at intake in order to assess eligibility.
  • The incumbent will assume responsibility for processing blood samples, preparing for storage in -70 freezer, and shipping.
  • Preparation of laboratory challenge studies, clinical interviews and other project-related materials.
  • Putting together case report forms and patient binders, labeling test tubes, setting up equipment.
  • Supports the research program by keeping records and ordering materials, office supplies, and laboratory supplies.
  • Data entry & data management: Ensures accurate data input and verification.
  • Manages and maintains confidential records of the research data findings.

Special Notes: This is a full time appointment. FLSA Nonexempt position, eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

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About Stony Brook:

Long Island’s premier academic medical center, Stony Brook Medicine represents Stony Brook University’s entire medical enterprise and integrates all of Stony Brook’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It encompasses Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, the five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Technology and Management, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as the major centers and institutes, programs and more than 50 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. With 603 beds, Stony Brook University Hospital serves as Suffolk County’s only tertiary care center and Regional Trauma Center. Stony Brook Children’s, with more than 160 pediatric specialists, offers the most advanced pediatric specialty care in the region.

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Official Job Title: Research Support Specialist
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Psychiatry-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift variablePsychiatry-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Posting Start Date: Apr 18, 2017
Posting End Date: May 2, 2017, 10:59:00 PM
Salary: $32,000-$35,000 / Annual @ 1.0 FTE CWE
Salary Grade: N11


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