Clinical Research Assistant

Tucson, AZ
May 04, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Disability Psychoeduc Studies

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The College of Education's Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is seeking a part-time research assistant for a federally-funded study in youth with type 1 diabetes. The primary role for this position will involve conducting multi-method, multi-informant assessment of sleep, glucose, and psychosocial functioning in the context of a research study. As part of this role, the individual’s primary responsibilities will be conducting home-based polysomnography (PSG) (an average of 3 per week) and evaluation (~3 per week) visits. The crux of the sleep studies and evaluation visits are scheduled during non-school hours including late afternoons, evenings, some later nights and possibly weekends to accommodate minor participants’ sleep schedules. Thus. the individual must be willing to travel to participants’ homes to complete sleep studies and/or evaluation. Availability for advanced-scheduled lab-based data collection or team meetings during business hours or early evening is also required.

The ideal candidate is self-motivated and enjoys a fast-paced environment, recognizes the differences between clinical and research activities, executes extreme attention to detail, has the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, and is comfortable visiting participants’ home and engaging with diverse families.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Inaddition to being accountable for all sleep and glucose research recordings, expectedresponsibilities also include:

  • Maintain subject level documentation, including documentation of study visits and progress in the electronic medical record
  • Follow, assist with the development, and participate in updates of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Contribute and adhere to cleaning and safety protocols, including added provisions established due to COVID-19
  • Complete and document evaluations according to protocol and study's Standard Operating Procedures
  • Prepare documents and equipment for mailing or research visits
  • Retrieve study equipment and devices from participants’ homes (e.g., mornings after PSG)
  • Assist with any school record requests and administration of teacher surveys
  • Assist data entry supervisor with data entry tasks equipment maintenance
  • Assist with medical record extraction
  • Assist with processing biological samples (e.g., fingersticks, saliva) according to protocol
  • Employ strategies to maintain recruitment and retention rates, and evaluate processes to identify issues related to recruitment and retention rates.
  • Administer study questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry.
  • Assist with file organization, participant reminder calls, equipment maintenance, and other supportive tasks
  • Prepare documents and equipment for shipment or research visits
  • Recognize and employ the professional guidelines and code of ethics related to the conduct of clinical research, and safeguards needed when conducting research with children and families
  • Assist with preparing manuscripts, presentations, or progress reports as needed
  • Participate in retreats and meetings with team members
  • Communication with participants’ healthcare providers, if needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must travel to study visits, including travel to participants’ homes within and outside of the greater Tucson area (e.g., Nogales, Hereford, Sierra Vista, Douglas).
  • Must be willing to participate in occasional study visits to conduct sleep studies outside of the Tucson area that may require an overnight hotel stay.
  • Must have own transportation, a valid driver's license, and the ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) language applicants preferred in order to support us in providing services to diverse communities for communicating, data collection, and evaluations.
  • Background in behavioral health or behavioral interventions in a research context.
  • Experience working with high-risk populations or health populations.
  • Experience working with multi-cultural audiences in diverse communities.
  • Experience with data collection, analysis portals, and software (REDCAP and SPSS).
  • Experience with polysomnography or accelerometers (although training will be provided).



Full Time/Part Time:

Part Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

hourly rate



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Job Family:

Clinical Research

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Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. David Yaden
[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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