Research Assistant

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Research Assistant


VPR-Center for Family Research

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Monday – Friday

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Research Paraprofessional/Professional





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Position Summary:

The Health and Development Laboratory (PI: Katherine Ehrlich) is seeking to hire a full-time research assistant to begin Spring 2021. Our work focuses on social determinants of health in children and adolescents. The RA will be expected to work collaboratively with the PI, graduate students, and other laboratory staff on a new longitudinal study of African American youth in the Athens, GA area. In this role, the RA will be responsible for: recruiting and scheduling participants, conducting home visits, managing undergraduate research assistants, communicating with the IRB, and collecting biological specimens. Experience with (or willingness to learn) phlebotomy. Some evening and weekend work will be involved.

Opportunities to assist with other ongoing lab projects may be available if time permits.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

1. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and/or Competencies:
- Collaboration
- Efficiency/Dependability
- Initiative
- Problem solving and troubleshooting
- Willing to be trained in phlebotomy

2. previous research assistant experience

3. full-time laboratory experience; experience working with children and various populations

Physical Demands:

lift 50 lbs.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Recruiting, scheduling, and running research participants in home-visit setting. The RA will be helping the team identify eligible families to participate in the study, set up appointments for the home visits, and will be responsible for conducting the home visit (with support from other lab staff). This position involves a lot of direct interfacing with families (our participants), so excellent communication skills and a friendly demeanor will be an asset.

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Handling biological specimens: during the home visit, we will be drawing blood from child participants. The RA will be responsible for handling the blood tubes and arranging for them to be transported back to the laboratory.

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Organizing data: home visits will involve data collection via Qualtrics surveys on iPads, biometric assessments of child participants, and blood draws. The RA will work with the PI to ensure that all data are organized and stored securely.

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Supervising undergraduate research assistants: We plan to have undergraduate RAs assist with recruiting, scheduling, and completing home visit data collection. The undergraduate RAs will report to the PI and graduate students in the lab, and the new research assistant (this position) will also help ensure that undergraduate RAs are on task.

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Managing IRB correspondence: Although the PI and graduate students are responsible for most IRB tasks, the RA will assist the PI in compiling information requested by the IRB (e.g., yearly continuing review materials, etc).

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Contributing to research reports and presentations: On occasion, the PI may request tables, graphs, or other materials to be used for research reports or presentations. The RA will work with the PI to compile this information.

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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time