Research Assistant 1
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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Under moderate supervision, the research assistant will be responsible for working on assigned NIH funded research projects within the Neurological and Behavioral Outcomes Center and ensuring compliance with all pertinent regulations and requirements for the conduct of research with human participants. The research assist will assist with the collection and organization of data from medical records and other sources, and will maintain records of the data.


  • Perform day-to-day activities related to clinical research studies including: recruit and screen participants, obtain informed consent, explain study requirements to participants, and complete assessments; properly implement research protocols.
  • Assist with recruiting and assist other research assistants with their community outreach efforts. May need to travel to other sites.
  • Administer neuropsychological assessments to study participants with dementia, serious mental illness.
  • Interview participants with serious mental illness, and assist in transcription and analysis of qualitative data.
  • Attend focus groups with study participants. Must be able to have a flexible schedule to accommodate study participants’ schedules.
  • Maintain accurate study records as required by the IRB, sponsor and other regulatory agencies or funding agency. Perform accurate and timely documentation of participant visits through data entry/capture.
  • Assist with submitting protocols to the University Hospitals IRB, as needed.
  • Assist in grant application preparation.
  • Assist in formatting and submitting manuscripts for publication.
  • Take responsibility for self-development and support a learning environment.
  • Maintain professional interactions with patients, colleagues, and all members of the health care team.


    Perform other duties as assigned.


    Department: Daily interaction with the center director, investigators, and other research staff. Frequent interaction with department administrators, other faculty, residents, and staff.

    University: Occasional interaction with administrators, faculty, staff from other departments, the CCRT at UHCMC; CWRU research administration staff; UH and CWRU purchasing.

    External: Frequent interaction: with study participants; study staff at other program study sites; staff from community-based organizations and patient support groups; physicians and office staff. Occasional interaction with sponsors, monitors, and clinical research organizations; NIH staff; and scientific journal staff.

    Students: Occasional interaction with students.


    No staff supervisory responsibility.


    Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree (preferably in social work or psychology) and 0 to 1 year experience with clinical research or Associate’s degree in an approved biotechnology program and 0 to 2 years experience. Experience working with mentally ill, disadvantaged, and/or elderly population preferred. Knowledge of and/or experience with administering clinical assessments desirable.


  • Strong and effective interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to prioritize when working on multiple projects.
  • Ability to work under moderate supervision.
  • Ability to take direction and consider constructive feedback for improvement.
  • Proficient in use of database, word processing, spreadsheet and contact management/scheduling software.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and diagnostic criteria of various mental disorders is preferred.


    Work is performed primarily in an office setting at the Wolstein Research Building, on the CWRU campus. The work requires frequent use of a desktop computer, telephone, copy, fax machines and other standard office equipment. Some local travel to community centers and physicians’ offices may be required. Occasional evening hours.


    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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