The successful candidate will work within a research team conducting epidemiologic and clinical research focusing on prenatal/early childhood influences on child growth and development. The work may involve participant recruitment, conducting developmental assessments with toddlers, assembling and sending survey mailings, tracking distribution and monitoring/coordinating follow up reminders and return of surveys, ensuring completeness of surveys and entering data into a computer database, writing reports of study progress, and managing IRB communications. To successfully carry out this work, the Research Assistant will use and maintain study databases of research participants including keeping them confidential, up to date, and organized; maintain meticulous participant files; make recommendations about refinement and/or replacement of study procedures; and implement such refinements or new procedures with input from the principal investigator. There may be opportunities to assist in data analysis and the preparation of scientific publications and research grant proposals. The Research Assistant may perform miscellaneous related duties as required. The successful candidate will have prior research experience demonstrative of independence and responsibility. Some evening and weekend hours may be required to accommodate data collection efforts.
1. Bachelor’s degree in psychology, nutrition, human development, epidemiology, research methods, clinical research or related field.
2. Twelve months relevant research experience, with demonstrated independence and responsibility.
3. Excellent writing skills and ability to produce clear and succinct technical reports based on study progress.
4. Excellent organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively and in an engaging manner over the telephone and in person.
5. Ability to actively participate as a team player, manage details, track participant progress, maintain relationships with families, think creatively, work independently, and meet deadlines.
6. Initiative, motivation, attention to detail, and creativity.
7. Ability to handle confidential data appropriately.
8. Experience with Microsoft Office software programs, including Word and Excel.
1. Applied experience in research methods and experience with databases such as Microsoft Access and REDCap not required, but considered a plus.
2. Experience administering developmental assessments with children (e.g., Bayley, WPPSI).
3. Experience recruiting research participants.
Interested applicants can submit an online application through the NCH jobs website: http://tinyurl.com/h7zjx3d