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(Hybrid) Research Assistant - Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Laboratory and Research


West Virginia University Health Science Center is currently accepting applications for a (Hybrid) Research Assistant with the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

About the Opportunity

The Research Assistant will work on a clinical research study and will investigate the use of a novel intervention to improve engagement and retention in treatment for patients with comorbid chronic pain and opioid use disorder.

We are seeking a flexible, detail-oriented, and well-organized candidate who has worked with patients with substance use disorders and has a background in or understanding of healthcare processes.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
* 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
* 15 annual leave (vacation) days per year
* 18 sick days per year
(for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
* WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits (this position is a benefits-eligible non-classified staff position)
* 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
* Wellness programs

What you'll do:

  • Experience submitting IRB protocols, recruiting study participants, and obtaining written informed consent.
  • Experience working on human clinical studies and preference will be given to applicants with experience working with patients with substance use disorder
  • Be willing to conduct study interviews, track study participation and the distribution of study incentives.
  • Be able to coordinate study meetings with the investigative team and provide ongoing assistance to ensure that the study activities are completed in a timely manner.
  • Perform data entry, data quality assurance procedures and prepare data for analysis.
  • Contribute to other study-related activities as needed. 

Pay Grade: 15


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, psychology, sociology, neuroscience or other related field
  • A minimum of 0-6 months of experience conducting human clinical research preferably experience working with patients with substance use disorders or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience using REDCap
  • Familiarity with statistical software packages used for data analysis
  • Compliant with WVU Medicine guidelines for working in clinical settings
  • Ability to work between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday and flexibility to work early evenings as needed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Outlook and Excel).
  • Proficiency in data capture software (e.g., REDCap) and analysis software (e.g. SAS, Stata).


The ability to travel to WVUs regional campuses and/or within the multi-state area is required.  


About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


Job Posting: Mar 25, 2024

Posting Classification: Classified

Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time
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