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We are seeking an individual to join our growing team conducting high-impact pediatric research in a fast-paced and mission-focused research environment. Our research focuses on improving the lives of young children, especially those who are at risk for poor neurodevelopmental, behavioral, or growth outcomes. The Research Assistant will work within a research team to carry out crucial support activities for a longitudinal study related to nutrition, self-regulation, and parenting in children aged 1-4. The work will involve direct interaction with research participants (parents and toddlers) both at NCH and at participant homes. Specific duties may include: leading and supporting study visits; ensuring study materials are organized, prepared, and available during study visits; assembling and sending recruitment materials and paper or electronic surveys; managing video recording equipment and safely storing/transmitting video files; organizing completed surveys and entering data into a computer database; maintaining participant files and interacting with participants to retain their involvement throughout the duration of the study. Other duties as assigned. Reports to the Study Coordinator and Principal Investigator. The typical working hours for this position are 11-7:30 with flexibility to accommodate data collection efforts with families on either weekdays or weekends.
1. Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, nutrition, human development, epidemiology, research methods, clinical research or related field.
2. Prior experience conducting research in the field or participant homes.
3. Demonstrated independence and responsibility.
4. Interest in working with parents and young children.
5. Is goal-oriented, self-directive, collaborative; demonstrates initiative, motivation, attention to detail and creativity. Is a self-starter.
6. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
7. Excellent verbal and written communication.
1. Experience with databases such as Microsoft Access and REDCap.
2. Prior training or experience administering standardized psychological test and behavioral assessments.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Percent of time spent on:
56% Study operations, data collection
10% Interpreting results of data analyses with PI
25% Miscellaneous paperwork associated with research
05% Ordering supplies
02% Preparation of budget
02% Instructing other personnel
Minimum physical requirements:
100% Kneeling / reaching
100% Finger dexterity
100% Talking / hearing / seeing
33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-30 pounds for 10-15 minutes
Pressure in this position will vary depending on the workload. The workload will be heavy but manageable most of the time. Pressure may arise in the face of deadlines.
The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.