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Research Assistant 3

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus
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Jul 29, 2021

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Job Title: Research Assistant 3
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8899
Job Description


Coordinate research activities under limited supervision for the Behavioral Health Research Group in the department of psychiatry. This includes involvement as a team member in several mental health and neurologic research projects both at Case Western Reserve University and in the community. Involvement in the studies may include, but is not limited to, participant recruitment, rating participants on psychiatric rating scales, entering visit data into electronic case report forms, administering psycho-educational interventions to participants in the research study, and other study-related duties. Perform all clinical and research functions under the Good Clinical Practice guidelines. Comply with all National Institute for Mental Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, internal review board, and other regulatory guidelines.


  1. Carry out complex research assignments of a non-routine nature by administering parts of research interventions to ‘Seriously Mentally Ill’ participants. Develop and implement effective recruitment policies and procedures through advertising and in-person contact with mental health providers and organizations at study sites and within the community. Oversee psychiatrists, lab technicians and other study related personnel to coordinate group efforts in accomplishing study goals and ensuring that proper protocol is followed. Collaborate with individual hospital staff at each site to ensure proper procedures are followed for clinical study procedures. Administer psychological and psychiatric assessments according to protocol guidelines. Assessments include both diagnostic and symptom severity measures. (40%)
  2. Work closely with the principal investigator and research manager to establish and implement ongoing study goals. Represent each study’s current progress and needs at weekly organizational meetings. Utilize team research staff to increase each study’s time efficiency and to aid in completion of project deadlines. Maintain a cooperative working relationship with Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, and other affiliated internal review boards (IRBs) by overseeing IRB submissions to ensure they meet IRB mandates and the continuous approval of protocols. Utilize new and innovative research techniques involving a high degree of skill and training. Evaluate adequacy of techniques; studies and tests new procedures. Coordinate data safety and monitory board meetings for group’s research studies. (30%)
  3. Manage ongoing project activities to include project reporting, data management, maintenance and accuracy of study logs and records according to protocol guidelines. Ensure compliance with all regulatory guidelines. (15%)
  4. Mentor lower level research assistants and student volunteers to aid in their growth of research skills and overall research knowledge and to foster teamwork and team spirit within the larger research team. (10%)


Perform other research-related duties as assigned. (5%)


Department: Continuous contact with: research operations managers, principal/co-investigators, biostatisticians, research assistants, data coordinators, and volunteers. Frequent contact with other department faculty and staff. The purpose of this continuous contact is to discuss project timelines and tasks, share information relative to projects, to understand expectations of assignments.

University: Occasional contact with members of the data safety monitoring boards and internal review boards. The purpose of this frequent contact would be to assist with updates to regulatory documents as needed and to ensure compliance to all regulations and policies. Additionally, contact will include reporting of safety information, data, and updates to protocol changes.

External: Frequent contact with investigators and study staff at other study sites. The purpose of this frequent contact would be to coordinate study procedures and project timelines with collaborating investigators, study staff and sites.

Students: Occasional contact with student employees to assign tasks related to projects and follow-up on progress of these tasks.


May be assigned short-term supervisory responsibilities under the direction of the division operations manager or principal investigator.


Experience: 3 to 5 years of research or mental health experience (working with mentally ill and/or disadvantaged populations required).

Education: Bachelor's degree required (preferably in Psychology).


  1. Knowledge of the intricacies of research protocols required
  2. Knowledge of and/or experience administering psychological assessments required.
  3. Knowledge of diagnostic criteria of various mental disorders is preferred.
  4. Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Products. Experience using REDCap and/or other EDC program is a plus.
  5. Professional and effective oral and written communication skills; and good interpersonal skills with the ability to work and communicate with various individuals within and external to the university.
  6. Effective problem-solving skills; must demonstrate sound judgment and good decision-making.
  7. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through.
  8. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team
  9. Must demonstrate flexibility and ability to work under pressure; must be able and willing to work in a fast-paced, changing environment, and conform to shifting priorities, demands and timeline.
  10. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  11. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, database applications, and with internet navigation.
  12. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  13. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face or via videoconferencing


Typical office environment. The employee will perform repetitive motion using a computer mouse and keyboard to type. The employee may be required to work from home at times.

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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