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Research Assistant II

San Diego State University
San Diego

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Research Assistant II

Req No: 2023-16136
Category: Research/Project
Type: Student
Salary: 18.00
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The salary range for this position is $16.30 - $18.00 per hour depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable.

The Imperial County Clinical Research Network (ICCRN) was established to build the infrastructure (personnel, systems, policies, and procedures) for clinical research within the rural, border community of Imperial County, CA. Through ICCRN, SDSU and SDSU IV scientists, the SDSU IV RISE (Research, Innovation, Student Engagement) Center, and Innercare, a federally qualified health center, have partnered to develop a research agenda and associated infrastructure to support research across different diseases and health conditions to address health disparities. Leveraging the existing relationships between these organizations, this National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)-funded initiative serves a hard-to-reach population along the US-Mexico border, with implications to other rural and border communities worldwide. Among other activities, ICCRN brought together three advisory committees (patient, clinician, community stakeholders) to identify research priorities and associated infrastructure needs, relevant to the health and well-being of Imperial County residents. ICCRN will support two projects working with the healthcare partner organizations in coming years. Further, ICCRN will collaborate with three other Clinical Research Network sites and a coordinating center. The ultimate goal of this effort is to identify relevant, feasible, sustainable, and potentially translatable approaches for promoting health and well-being in rural, border communities in the U.S.

Under direction of the ICCRN Research Manager, the Research Assistant will provide assistance and support to the ICCRN Research Manager and Science Team in conducting ICCRN activities. The current year's (2023-24) activities are focused on development of the infrastructure, protocols, projects, and EHR systems for ICCRN to successfully advance to the project implementation phase (2024-2027). This will provide an opportunity to gain experience establishing a clinical network site as well as exposure to clinical research methods. The Research Assistant will primarily support and assist with the development of a range of policies and procedures, tracking mechanisms, reports, forms, and other research and research administration materials. Strong computer skills (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel, Google Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud) and the ability to manage competing priorities, be flexible, and demonstrate strong detail orientation are essential. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and an energetic mind that is characterized by a commitment to diversity, openness, integrity and a community orientation.

This is a 20-hour per week position. This position will be based at the ICCRN offices in San Diego, CA, approximately 1 mile from the SDSU campus.

  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of a range of research-related documents, such as research protocols, how-to guides, tracking spreadsheets, administrative forms and reports to support the development and management of ICCRN
  • Modifying documents to standardize file formatting and structure and reviewing for grammar/punctuation
  • Assisting with creating forms or simple surveys as needed to gather the required information for report and documentation preparation
  • Assisting in creating and maintaining tracking system for ICCRN progress
  • Contributing to preparation and submission of annual NIH progress reports and other compliance documentation, including IRB applications
  • Participating in various ICCRN meetings as requested and taking minutes to inform future activities
  • Support preparation of ICCRN’s transition application to NIMHD

  • Responding to emails and inquiries in a timely and professional manner
  • Learning new software applications, such as RedCap Cloud, as needed to support work assignments
  • Maintaining routine communication with supervisor and others providing assignments to ensure coordination and implementation of assigned activities are on target and within established deadlines
  • Participating in ICCRN evaluation activities as needed
  • Ensuring compliance with SDSURF policies and procedures across all functions listed above
  • Other duties as assigned


● Ability to comply with all ICCRN and SDSURF policies and procedures; ability to successfully complete and maintain all required CITI research ethics training requirements
● Knowledge of basic computer skills and effective use of Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Google Suite, etc., to create reports, and documents; attend and participate in meetings; to maintain project tracking logs and create reports, memos, communicate and share documents
● Experience with creating, maintaining, and implementing tracking systems
● Ability to quickly learn and apply elementary research methods and procedures
● Ability to follow oral and written directions
● Ability to follow detailed procedures and instructions thoroughly and accurately
● Ability to interact and communicate clearly and effectively in a professional manner, both orally and in writing
● Experience with writing and communicating procedures, policies, information, ideas and instructions
● Display flexibility and ability quickly transition and adjust priorities as needed to meet deadlines
● Ability to maintain professional and effective working relationships with others within the project environment (e.g., coworkers, management, administrative team, and participants), displaying strong interpersonal skills
● Ability to display motivation and initiative
● Ability to display excellent attention to detail
● Ability to arrive at work on time
● Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
● Ability to complete detailed work accurately and efficiently
● Ability to be well organized, meet deadlines, and possess good judgment and common sense
● Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of research information
● Ability to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and cultural sensitivity when interacting with colleagues, organizational partners, and advisory committee members from a variety of socioeconomic and culturally diverse backgrounds


● Completion of sufficient lower division coursework to successfully perform the required duties of the position, OR
● Equivalent of one year related experience.
● Ability to quickly learn and apply elementary research methods and procedures; ability to follow oral and written directions.


● Graduate Student in public health, psychology, nursing, or other related field
● Experience developing and/or following research protocols/procedures manuals
● Experience in an academic or research environment, and/or within complex and interdisciplinary settings
● Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
● Bilingual in Spanish/English is a plus

    • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation.
    • Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.
    • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

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