**Please note that this position is temporary and contingent upon the availability of work for the position. We expect the position to go for about one year. Grant funding ends in February 2022. This position is benefit-eligible.**
POSITION OBJECTIVE Working under Project Manager and UMN Site Coordinator, plan and carry out research project in accordance with IRB-approved research protocols. The research is funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and is titled Comparing the Effectiveness of Fatigue Management Programs for People with Multiple Sclerosis. The research assistant will provide technical support to the study team and the study participants who will be using video and teleconferencing technology to deliver a fatigue management intervention and baseline assessments. The research assistant will also support recruitment, retention, and data collection and will track participants and collect longitudinal data including physical assessments and qualitative interviews with study participants.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 1. Plan and carry out research protocol as outlined by principal investigator and project manager. Conduct research activities related to data collection; eligibility screening, informed consent and administration of the MS Functional Composite. 2. Conduct research activities related to participant recruitment and retention that may include mailings, telephone calls, flyer distribution, and other strategies determined by the study’s IRB approved engagement plan. 3. Provide technical assistance and problem solving to study team members and study participants to support participation and completion of Managing Fatigue intervention sessions and baseline assessment utilizing video and teleconferencing platforms. Provide support/instruction for other study related technology such as REDCap and BOX (i.e-completing questionnaires, completing forms with digital signatures, saving and uploading documents). Must be able to respond timely to incoming calls, e-mails and chats. 4. Must maintain required certifications for protection of human subjects (CREC hours) 5. Assist with data entry, data cleaning, data tracking, data analysis and creation of reports as requested. 6. Attend weekly team meetings and provide weekly progress reports to the principal investigator and project manager. 7. Perform other duties as assigned.
CONTACTS Department: Daily contact with the Project Manager and weekly contact with UMN site coordinator University: Contact with investigators conducting similar research within the university at education and research meetings. External: Contact with study team members across recruiting sites (University of Illinois at Chicago and Case Western Reserve University). Contact with research subjects via telephone and video conferencing. Students: Contact with students who may assist with the project.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.
WORKING CONDITIONS No exposure to hazardous materials expected. Position will not be exposed to hazards in the normal course of events. Must have ability to work some evening and weekend hours when baseline assessments and intervention sessions are scheduled.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer-paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 1. Bachelor’s degree in basic science, computer science, nursing, wellness, health education or behavioral science discipline and 1 to 3 years of research experience or Associate’s degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience required. 2. Working knowledge of common information technologies and systems such as Zoom, BOX, and REDCap 3. Comfortable explaining and problem solving with individuals that may have limited technical experience/knowledge. 4. Experience and skill in interviewing patients and/or conducting physical assessments. 5. Some experience working with individuals who have disabilities, experience conducting clinical trials, and experience obtaining informed consent is desirable. 6. Must maintain required certifications for protection of human subjects (CREC hours) 7. Highly organized with excellent social and interpersonal skills. 8. Excellent command of English language. 9. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment. 10. Ability to work under limited supervision. 11. Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products, email, and internet searches. 12. Ability to maintain confidentiality and sensitivity in all aspects of working with human subjects. 13. Ability to administer data collection instruments. 14. Ability to enter and manage data
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 1. Extensive experience in a clinical research setting 2. Extensive experience and skilled in interviewing patients and/or conducting physical assessments. 3. Proficient in the use of common information technologies and systems such as Zoom, BOX, and REDCap
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