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Research Assistant 2 (Job # 8973)

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

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Research Assistant 2  (Job # 8973)


Working under general supervision, the Research Assistant 2 will plan and carry out projects in accordance with general plans to provide regular full-time research support to the multi-year, NIH-funded research grant “Framework for Advances in Reprogenomics Ethics and Regulation (FAIRER).” Duties include recruiting participants, maintaining databases of recruitment efforts, conducting semi-structured in-depth interviews, coding and analyzing qualitative data, and collecting and compiling additional data and literature relevant to the study aims.


  1. Recruit research study participants, including locating potential participants and promoting research participant opportunities through appropriate venues. (6%)
  2. Plan and carry out independent literature searches that are relevant to the research project, summarize, and annotate results. (20%)
  3. Conduct semi-structured, in-depth research interviews, including arranging all logistical details such as location and participant compensation. (15%)
  4. Maintain data management protocols, including maintaining research databases of recruitment efforts participant demographic information, transcribing, and proofreading interview transcripts. (15%)
  5. Assist research team in designing qualitative research instruments and protocols, including IRB submissions. (10%)
  6. Collect and analyze data, including the development of qualitative codes and coding qualitative data. (20%)
  7. Assist in the preparation of research reports, presentations and manuscripts as needed. (10%)


Participate in project meetings. (4%)


Department: This position will have daily contact with the project coordinator and other research staff, including weekly and monthly research team meetings and conference calls with off-site collaborators of grant.

University: The person in this position may consult faculty in other departments with respect to ongoing research projects on an as-needed basis.

External: The person in this position may work closely with other investigators and staff from collaborating institutions. The person will be in contact with research subjects and potential participants.

Students: Little or no contact with students.


Not applicable.


Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, public health, humanities or a related discipline and 1 to 3 years of research experience in the social sciences, public health, or bioethics OR Associate’s degree in a health- or bioethics-related program and 2 to 4 years of experience required.


  1. Experience with qualitative research methods, including interviewing and data analysis.
  2. Strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrated analytic abilities.
  3. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an efficient and timely manner.
  4. Computer expertise using Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel).
  5. Preferred familiarity with major bibliographic search engines (e.g., PubMed).
  6. Preferred familiarity with qualitative data analysis software (e.g., Atlas.ti, NVivo, Dedoose).
  7. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  8. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and research participants face to face and via telephone and videoconferencing software.


This position will be based in the department of Bioethics within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. There will be no exposure to biological/chemical hazards.

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.

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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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