Research Assistant


Position Information

University Code 34041 University Title Labs/Research Assistant University Job Family Research & Innovation ORP Eligible No For more information on ORP, visit: Retirement Plans
Recruitment Pool All Applicants Recruitment Type Multi Title Scope of Search Local Working Title Research Assistant Position Number 548400 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? No Position Type Staff Job Status Full-Time FLSA Indicator Non-Exempt Employee Group University Employee Department Psychology Organizational Overview

At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity, service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities

The Department of Psychology and Center for the Study of Tobacco Products invites applicants to apply for the position of Research Assistant. This position supports the mission of VCU, the department of Psychology, and the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products with research assistance that furthers the quest to become a leader among national research universities, attain distinction in human health research with inter and transdisciplinary collaboration and become a national model for community engagement, dissemination, and translation of research. The research assistant will have primary responsibility for the following:
1. Subject Recruitment:
—Screen potential participants
—Complete telephone screens, monitor on-line registry.
—Knowledge of inclusion/exclusion criteria for each protocol.
—Describe the study to qualified applicants making sure the subject is aware of the time required to complete protocol sessions.
—Post IRB -approved fliers for recruitment.
2. Obtain Informed Consent:
—Help qualified applicants through the informed consent process
—Determine subject can comprehend written language, provide consent.
—Answer subject questions as able or elicit Principal Investigator input.
3. Running Sessions:
—Collect data in multi-hour experimental sessions according to protocol.
—Connect subject to Criticare monitor and monitor vital signs, adhering to safety parameters established by medical monitor.
—Use equipment to measure participants’ puffing behavior.
—Notify appropriate personnel (research nurse/medical monitor) of change in subjects vitals.
—Administer subjective and cognitive tests during sessions.
—Trouble-shoot/solve problems as they arise in session.
4. Data Collection:
—Manage and prepare data for analysis.
5. Orientation of New Lab Personnel:
—Provide orientation to new research assistants and/or graduate students as needed.
—Instruct new staff on the proper techniques of performing research.

The employee understands that the continuation of this position depends on the continuation of grant funding.

Minimum Hiring Standards

•Excellent communication skills.
•Basic knowledge of protocols, screening process, inclusion/exclusion criteria, informed consent process, research tools and confidentiality.
•Ability to use required topography equipment or become qualified to use topography equipment.
•Working knowledge of computer programs and systems.
•Working knowledge of Excel and SPSS .
•Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU .

Preferred Hiring Standards

•BA or BS preferred.
•Basic research knowledge preferred.
•Psychology background preferred.

Required Licenses/ Certifications Anticipated Hiring Range $30,000 to $40,000 Application Process/Additional Information

Cover letter and resume required.

Campus Monroe Park Campus Hours/Week 40 hrs/week Normal Work Days/Hours M-F (some weeknd hrs); 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Job Open Date 03/02/2021 Posting will close on or before Open Until Filled Yes Job Category Research Is this a restricted position? Yes Is this position eligible to participate in alternative work arrangements? No Sensitive Position No Resource Critical Yes Quick Link https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/103929 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have any human subjects research experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please explain any research experience you may have.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have the ability to work some occasional Saturdays or Sundays?
    • Yes
    • No
Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document


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