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Research Assistant

Johns Hopkins University

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Research Assistant
The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) and the Armstrong Institute Center for Health Care Human Factors ( at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is recruiting a Research Assistant.

The ideal applicant will have experience in human factors engineering, cognitive systems engineering, human computer interaction, human factors psychology, or a related field. Experience in health care related work is highly desired, though not required. Experience or interest in both qualitative and quantitative analysis methods is also desired.

This individual will primarily be working with James H Abernathy, III, MD, MPH along with Ayse Gurses, PhD and other research team members on one or more funded research projects in the areas of human factors in patient safety and/ or health informatics. The Research Assistant will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other interdisciplinary research members of ACCM and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with study team on federally funded patient safety and human factors engineering-based research projects
  • Manage and perform data collection activities
  • Assist in the analysis and management of data (both qualitative and quantitative data analysis)
  • Assist in the preparation of study protocols and materials (e.g., IRB) and other essential functions
  • Conduct literature reviews and summarize findings
  • Author/co-author research manuscripts
  • Help with writing grant proposals, lead writing career grants (if interested and applicable)

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Some related experience
  • Additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula*

* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge/experience in ecological interface design and related design philosophies
  • Experience with prototyping methods and prototyping software (Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Balsamiq etc.)
  • Knowledge/experience with software/coding languages appropriate for the development of interfaces/ health IT
  • Experience with conducting usability evaluations (formative and summative)
  • Experience in research processes and qualitative methodologies for data collection & analysis, with corresponding software experience (e.g. semi-structured interviews, and thematic analysis with NVivo)
  • Familiarity with quantitative analysis methods and corresponding software experience (e.g., statistical analysis with SPSS)
  • Familiarity with the healthcare domain and experience conducting research in healthcare
  • Experience in IRB protocol preparation

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • An individual with formal training and experience in human factors, cognitive systems engineering, human computer interaction, macroergonomics, sociotechnical systems design, or a related field
  • An in-depth understanding of human cognition and usability design principles as they pertain to the design of technology to support and facilitate work (individual work and teamwork)
  • Knowledge of sociotechnical system approaches to research and design; an understanding of work system redesign to improve processes and outcomes
  • Good understanding of related research processes and methodologies including qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Experience with knowledge elicitation methods (e.g., interviews, focus groups, and contextual inquiry), data driven design, iterative design processes, user-centered design, prototyping, and usability evaluations
  • Strong interest in conducting field research in health care environments
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a research team
  • Ability to balance and prioritize tasks, and delivers timely outcomes
  • Excellent problem solving, organizational, writing and communication skills

Classified Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD
Starting Salary Range: $16.42 - $22.57/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Casual / On Call
Schedule: M-F, 8-5pm, no more than 28 hours per week
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: School of Medicine Campus
Department name: SOM Ane Research
Personnel area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at [email protected]. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Johns Hopkins has mandated COVID-19 and influenza vaccines, as applicable. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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