We have an opening in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School for a full-time research assistant (Research Professional I) working as part of a team investigating resilience in new military recruits. The research assistant will work primarily on a longitudinal study of new military recruits to examine neurobehavioral mechanisms that may underlie resilient functioning in the face of extreme stressors and challenging occupational environments.
This individual will be responsible for assisting the Project Coordinator with all aspects of the Recruitment and Retention procedures of the project.
- Recruit and enroll eligible subjects into longitudinal study in accordance with research protocol, Good Clinical Practice, and University of Minnesota Policies.
- Subject recruitment and baseline data collection will take place at Minnesota Army National Guard training sites and requires some limited travel on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Assist Project Coordinator with supervising team of 6-8 volunteer research assistants (RA) including coordination of schedules, training and delegation of tasks.
- Assist with design of online survey, execution of survey distribution, and tracking of participant responses.
- Obtain informed consent from study participants; conduct follow-up outreach to study subjects and assist with scheduling laboratory visits in accordance with research protocols.
- Maintain study databases and accurate data entry.
- Prepare study-related materials, mailings, log returned mail into the study database.
- Closely monitor survey response rates and participant outreach efforts and promptly address concerns to minimize attrition.
Data Entry/Data Management (20%):
- Scan and verify survey data into study databases; assist with data cleaning and management per established protocols.
- Monitor survey data and track concerns in the study database.
- Maintain the subject tracking database to ensure accurate and up-to-date data entry.
- Assist coordinator with weekly lab meeting providing status reports on study progress.
- Keep meticulously detailed records of all study activities and procedures.
- Assist in conducting library work, preparing bibliographies, and managing literature searches.
- Maintain professional clearances/human studies training in order to be fully qualified to work with sensitive data as promulgated by the IRB, HIPAA, VHA, and other regulatory agencies.
- Independently maintain organized records and files.
- Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts, reports, posters and presentations.
- Serve as a backup and provide necessary coverage for the Project Coordinator.
The Principal Investigators for this study are Melissa Polusny, PhD, LP and Christopher Erbes, PhD, LP and this study is being conducted within the Readiness and Resilience in National Guard Soldiers (RINGS) Research Laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The study is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). This position will be funded for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal pending funding.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Bachelors (BA/BS) degree in psychology, sociology, public health or related allied health field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience totaling at least four years.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Willingness to work flexible schedule - some limited travel within the state is required on Saturdays and Sundays during the subject recruitment phase of the project. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Prior research experience.
Military service or experience working with military personnel.
Experience in a leadership role.
Experience designing and administering online surveys using Qualtrics.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
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