Title: Research Assistant/Project CoordinatorFTE: 0.5 1.0Position Description |
This position is located in the Research and Development Service of the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, OR. Employment will be through the Portland VA Research Foundation. This position will entail coordinating and managing multiple elements of human subjects' research with Veteran patients.
The specific project is a randomized controlled trial of in-home tele-behavioral healthcare (therapy delivered over webcam into patients' homes) utilizing Behavioral Activation therapy for depression. The Portland VA is one of two sites for this study; the main coordinating site is located at the National Center of Telehealth Technology at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The research assistant/project coordinator provides assistance to the Principle Investigator and Study Team, coordinating all research activities for the study at this site. Specific duties will include:
Recruiting and screening research participants
Interfacing with the Internal Review Board
Managing study documentation, including accurate and timely filing.
Maintaining and updating files of all applicable regulatory documentation (including protocols, approvals, amendments, modifications, etc.) as well as any communications with the primary study site personnel, sponsor, or any other Federal or regulatory office.
Assisting with the initial coding and data entry of structured questionnaires and data collection tools, when applicable.
Preparing progress reports
Documenting all correspondence and communication pertinent to the research
Promoting the safety and confidentiality of research participants at all times
Adhering to all study procedures, including data monitoring and safety plans
Scheduling and attending regular team meetings
Responding to other research-related tasks as needed.
Hold a Bachelor's degree or higher; preferably in a scientific or social science discipline
Have at least 2 years experience in behavioral health research (comparable experience in non-profit or healthcare settings will be considered)
Demonstrate good communication skills (to work effectively and empathetically with patients and staff from diverse backgrounds)
Must be organized, attentive to detail, and possess a positive, friendly and professional demeanor
Must be flexible with changing priorities and able to communicate and problem-solve in a diplomatic and professional manner.
Must have basic Proficiency with computer skills including at least intermediate level of experience with Excel and other Microsoft Office Software
Preferred: knowledge of research methods and rules of patient confidentiality; knowledge of Human Research Protection Policies (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) policies.