Research Assistant 2

Job description

Job Title: Research Assistant 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8798

Working under general supervision, the Research Assistant 2 will support the research project focusing on individuals caring for family members of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The research assistant will plan and carry out the research project in accordance with the approved protocol; this includes participant recruitment, screening and enrollment, administering study scales, collecting heart rate data, administering behavioral interventions to participants in the research study, and other study-related duties. The research assistant will perform all research functions under the Good Clinical Practice guidelines, and comply with NIH, IRB and other regulatory guidelines.


    Plan and carry out research activities in accordance with the protocol to meet research benchmarks. Conduct subject screening, obtain informed consent, and collect survey and heart rate and analyze data in collaboration with the research team. (50%)Implement effective recruitment policies and procedures through advertising, in-person contact with providers, social service agencies and organizations in the community. May assist in developing new protocols, techniques and projection methods for research. (20%)May administer a behavioral intervention to study participants randomized to that study arm, including training study participants in the intervention method and providing weekly follow-up for the duration of the intervention. May direct the work of student employees and train new staff. (15%)Perform project reporting, data management, maintenance and accuracy of study logs and records according to protocol guidelines. (10%)


Perform other research-related duties as assigned by the principal investigator or project manager. (5%)


Department: Continuous contact with supervisor, principal investigator and research team to discuss research and maintain workflow. Moderate contact with co-investigators, other department faculty and staff to collaborate and exchange information.

University: Moderate contact with other departments to share information, such as department of psychiatry and IRB.

External: Moderate contact with external community agencies and providers with the goal of developing relationships and recruitment at those sites.

Students: Frequent contact with student employees to provide training, mentoring, and to share information.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. May supervise students and technicians.


Education and experience: Bachelor's degree and 1 to 3 years of related experience or Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience. Experience working in a dementia care facility, with dementia patients or with dementia patient caregivers preferred. Experience collecting biofeedback and/or working with heart rate variability data a plus. Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, nursing or related field preferred. Must have valid Ohio driver’s license. Must obtain human subject research credentialing and maintain certification for the duration of the study.


    Knowledge of and/or experience with intricacies of research protocols and administering research surveys/ assessments in adherence to study protocols is required.Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines in accordance with the study’s timeline. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills and follow-through.Professional and effective oral and written communication skills; good interpersonal and interviewing skills with the ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university. Must be able to administer the data collection instruments and communicate any issues and concerns to project manager/principal investigator, as applicable, effectively and efficiently.Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with research team and staff /providers recruitment sites. Maintain effective working relationships.Ability to problem-solve effectively; developing and implementing alternative solutions as needed. Good judgment and logical decision-making. Must be flexible in order to respond to project adjustments and alterations promptly and efficiently.Ability to follow instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and the internet. Experience using REDCap, other survey software and/or SPSS is a plus. Ability to learn and apply software programs and applications as needed.Flexibility and a willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, and computer programs as needed.Must be highly motivated, responsible, reliable, and a self-starter.Ability to follow-through on assigned projects and provide timely follow-up as needed.Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face-to-face.


General office environment with no known hazards. Will travel to recruitment sites and make home visits for data collection. Work may involve evening and weekend hours to meet with study participants.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 4/26/2021
Application Due: 7/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time