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Genetics Research Study Associate 2 (Research Assistant 3)

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Jul 29, 2021

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Job Title: Genetics Research Study Associate 2 (Research Assistant 3)
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8883
Job Description


Working under limited supervision of the Ascertainment Coordinator and with the Principal Investigators and Research Operations Manager, the Genetics Research Study Associate 2 (Research Assistant 3) will implement research methodologies for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the African American Alzheimer Disease Study.


1. Coordinate research activities for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the human genetics research studies in their area. Contact and enroll participants by obtaining and reviewing family and medical histories and performing study specific exams for the genetic studies to which they are assigned and travel to enroll participants at their homes and their exam locations. Identify individuals to be enrolled and maintain a method of keeping track of those eligible for enrollment and maintain accurate numbers of enrollments. Make recommendations for the design and implementation for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the African American Alzheimer Disease Study. Utilizing a high degree of skill and training, ascertain and enroll participants which requires sensitivity and experience. (75%)

2. Create and maintain complete research files and comprehensive databases; enter study-specific data into research database including: consent forms, demographics, family and medical history forms as well as all other study specific forms. Identify, obtain and review appropriate medical records. Prepare participant testing reports for adjudication. (20%)

3. Participate in research group meetings. Attend regular meetings with the PIs/coordinators and collaborators (5%)


    May serve as author or co-author on research publications. (<1%)Provide training regarding enrollment and data entry procedures for others who work with the studies. May supervise students. (<1%)Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)

Department: Contact as needed with Ascertainment Coordinator, Principal Investigator and Research Operations Manager: on-going contact with staff, faculty, postdocs and study participants. Will work closely with any other Genetics Research Study Associates that work on the same or similar studies, coordinate research activities for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the human genetics research studies in their area.

University: Contact as needed with purchasing, human resources, space and facilities planning, environmental health, safety/contact, Research Administration, IRB, and Sponsored Projects Accounting.

External: Contact as needed with vendors and collaborators at other universities, institutions and industry.

Students: On-going contact with students.


This position has no direct supervision of staff employees. May train new staff; direct the work of students.


Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years of professional work experience required. Experience with interaction with participants is key and familiarity with IRB/HIPPA strongly preferred.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in science required.


    Ability to concisely and effectively communicate methods, concepts, and study designs to all groups as appropriate, relevant and indicated.Effective and professional interpersonal skills. Demonstrated expertise and strong leadership skills in team-oriented environment.Ability to facilitate open communication/collaboration between department and other areas, as well as open communication with physicians and office staff participating in the studies in the community.Maintain level of confidentiality commensurate with nature of involvement with study participants, medical records and other sensitive HIPAA, demographic and family history information.Good problem solving and decision-making skills.Excellent verbal and written communication skills.Demonstrated willingness to be hands-on and pro-active.Ability to multitask, work independently, and set own priorities, while maintaining accuracy and attention to details.Ability to work effectively with internal and external colleagues and collaborators. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to maintain integrity and compliance with IRB approved protocols.

Normal office environment and equipment. Mostly local travel for enrollment ranges between 20% and 80% for this position depending on various factors and will vary from time to time. Must have a valid Ohio driver’s license. May need to work some weekends and evenings for recruiting events. Occasional regional or national travel may be required.

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.



Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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