The Center for Health Behaviors Research (CHBR), a research center at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, VA, is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease. CHBR is looking for a Research Assistant to work primarily on NIH-funded research projects examining decision-making processes and interventions relevant to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer survivorship, and tobacco use, among others. Typically, a Research Assistant assists the research team in the performance of various recruitment, technical, and data collection activities for research programs. This role will serve as part of the research team working collaboratively and independently to collect and interpret human subject grant-funded research projects. Research support responsibilities range from entry- to advanced-level.
The duties of the role will include but may not be limited to the following:
- Making significant contributions to the projects assigned and the achievement of the project's research goals.
- Recruiting volunteers through innovative ways and maintaining and creating recruitment materials.
- Screening volunteers to participate in a range of research studies examining decision-making and health behaviors.
- Informing participants of eligibility status in a timely manner.
- Scheduling, confirming, and reminding appointments for participant research study visits.
- Maintaining timely communication with participants via phone and email.
- Tracking correspondence with study participants and requests.
- Mailing study supplies depending on the nature of the study (e.g., if study is to be completed remotely, the research assistant may need to physically mail study documents and supplies).
- Collecting and entering data from research participants per approved protocols, standard operating procedures, and instructions.
- Administering assessments and structured interviews, collecting urine, saliva, and/or blood specimens, and performing analyses during subject study visits, all according to research protocols.
- Providing subject payments.
- Maintaining accurate and confidential records used for conducting and monitoring multiple studies.
- Participating in research team meetings to report on research progress, improve data collection processes, assist with solving, and addressing protocol issues that arise during the course of research studies.
- Following regulatory Standards of Procedures (SOPs) to include mandatory trainings.
- Other duties as assigned.
- BA/BS in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or related field, and/or the equivalent level of training and experience.
- Data entry and management experience.
- Desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple duties.
- Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism.
- Experience in one or more of the following research areas: psychology, nutrition, exercise, biology, or clinical trials.
- Experience with basic laboratory protocols including proper handling of subject specimens, data collection, subject recruitment, subject assessments, and data management.
- Proficiency with computer software to include: Microsoft Office, Zoom, Google Drive, REDCap, Qualtrics, or similar tools
- Experience with statistical analysis.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.
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