We are currently seeking two Research Assistants for a Federally-funded project related to suicide and substance use disorders. This is a multi-site study, and this position may be required recruit from the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and/or other VA Health Centers including the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI and the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Toledo, OH.
The Research Assistant will be responsible for participant recruitment and screening, obtaining informed consent, conducting semi-structured clinically-based interviews, administering urine drug screens, and locating, scheduling and conducting follow-up assessments with participants at various VA Medical Centers, in the community, and over the phone. Job responsibilities also include data entry, updating study databases, accurately completing daily paperwork, preparing assessment materials, following all research protocols and procedures, and performing and documenting thorough suicide risk assessments, and providing brief supportive counseling, as needed to high-risk participants. Additional study tasks may be assigned if necessary. This position requires flexibility and availability to work days, evenings, and weekends, as needed, to meet study goals. Since this position will require travel to various VA Medical Centers including the Detroit VAMC or other community locations to meet with participants, reliable transportation is a must.
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, or a similar discipline, with evidence of course work or experience in Research Methods and clinical experience required. Excellent organizational skills, professionalism, attention to detail, ability to work independently but also within a team, personable, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines are all a must. The candidate will interact with treatment staff at the Ann Arbor VA Health System, The Toledo CBOC, and Detroit VAMC and handle problems that may arise as part of the research study including crisis situations, so the ability to communicate effectively is very important. The candidate must be able to work independently for extended periods while receiving feedback and guidance from study coordinators and faculty investigators. Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team and ability to adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines are also a necessity. Experience using MS Excel, Access, and REDCap are preferred. Previous experience conducting health related research and/or with substance abuse or high risk populations is preferred, but not required. The job will require flexibility in order to meet project deadlines and goals; therefore, a strong ability to problem solve is highly desired. Since the work for this position will be conducted out of the Ann Arbor and Detroit VAMC, the candidate will be required to undergo a government background check to receive clearance to work at a VAMC.
The candidate for this position must be able to: 1) work well independently; 2) work flexible hours to accommodate participant scheduling at the study sites; 3) adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines; 4) demonstrate a strong ability to establish rapport with participants; 5) demonstrate a strong ability to keep accurate and detailed records of all study procedures; and 6) handle crisis situations including suicidal and/or homicidal participants at the study site in consultation with other study team members.
Master’s degree and clinical research experience or interviewing experience is strongly preferred.
M-F 9-5 (may be flexible), some weekends and evenings may be required
Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.
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