Research Assistant

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Position Type:

Temporary Staff (SHRA)

Job Title:

Research Assistant

Department Name:

Health Behavior - 464001

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Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Hiring Range:

$19.00 - $25.00/hour


Part-Time Temporary

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Hours may vary weekly; schedule is flexible (by employee’s preference).

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Description of Work:

The of Health Behavior at UNC Chapel Hill is seeking a Research Assistant to assist with data collection and other study activities for two studies located in the NC Triangle to promote women’s awareness of access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention.

Study 1 is the upcoming I’m Fully Empowered for PrEP (IFE4PrEP) study, a community engaged HIV prevention implementation science study being conducted in Durham, NC public housing communities. In this study, we aim to use community engagement and community-based participatory research methods to refine and pilot test a community outreach model to increase awareness of and access to PrEP for HIV prevention among women living in Durham Housing Authority (DHA) public housing communities.

Study 2 is a one-year prototyping study to design and user-test an online shared decision-making aid for cisgender women in North Carolina who may be candidates for PrEP. Though ciswomen account for almost 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in the US and 38% of Americans with PrEP indications, they comprise less than 10% of current PrEP users. This gap may be due to limited marketing of PrEP to ciswomen and thus limited awareness of and misperceptions regarding PrEP. To provide accessible PrEP information tailored for ciswomen, we aim to develop an online user-adaptive PrEP information and decision-making tool for ciswomen. We will develop this decision aid using a combination of methods grounded in both traditional behavioral research and human-centered design (HCD).

Duties of this position will include the following:
•In conjunction with other study staff, recruiting participants for the study and administering qualitative interviews, focus group discussions, and surveys at designated sites or until safe to conduct in person activities, via IRB approved: videoconferencing, text messaging, email, online social media and phone calls. When in person activities can take place locations will include but are not limited to, Durham public housing sites, community centers, community-based organizations, local businesses, etc.
•Conducting informed consent as needed.
•Assist PI & project manager to conduct scheduling, and reminding participants of their scheduled activities.
•Assist with qualitative data analysis including data coding & summary.
•Attending Team meetings
•Assist the Project Manager with organizing Community-Academic Partnership meetings
•Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with project team members, potential and enrolled participants, and community partners.
•In conjunction with other study staff and student assistants, assist with developing the prototype PrEP decision aid in Semblie.
•Conducting all research activities in accordance with study protocol, standard operating procedures and other appropriate institutional regulations, procedures and policies, including procedures to safeguard confidentiality of study participants and maintaining the highest ethical and professional research standards.
•Recognizing adverse events and understanding and implementing the recording and reporting mechanisms.
•Contributing to reports, presentations, and publications of study results
•Performing other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Required: Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Preferred: Master’s degree in public health or related field preferred. Experience conducting community-based research. Experience working with HIV prevention programs. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis.

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

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Please indicate in your cover letter how you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 5/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time