University of Iowa Health Care Department of Otolaryngology is seeking a Research Assistant to provide support for research by preparing and submission of new and annual ACURF or similar protocol submissions. Prepare progress reports and provide regulatory support for sponsored research studies to study sponsors. Research in the natural, health, physical and social sciences is included in this job family. Key areas of responsibilities include conducting research activities/experiments, collecting, analyzing and summarizing data, preparing reports, contributing to manuscripts/publications, administrative and project management, facilities and equipment management, and supervision/staffing. Specifically, these responsibilities will apply within the setting of a hearing research laboratory utilizing animal, cell culture, histologic, electrophysiology and microscopic methodologies.
Duties to include:
Track information in MS Word and Excel spreadsheets for research purposes.
Performed data entry and correction on source documents and into electronic data capture system.
Prepare progress reports and provide regulatory support for sponsored research studies to FDA or study sponsors.
Perform research activities based upon protocols developed by other research staff or principal investigator of the research project.
Read and review articles as directed.
As individual skills develop, analyze literature to develop hypothesis for discussion with other researchers or principal investigator.
Experiments, Investigations, Evaluations:
Read and understand protocols.
Arrange and plan daily activities to prepare for research protocols.
Set up and operate research materials or equipment.
Perform procedures assuring fidelity to protocols.
Perform varied tasks in the research environment (lab).
Adhere to safety and compliance guidelines.
Collect, record and consolidate data as directed by the Principal Investigator.
Track progress of research activities.
Adhere to Quality Assurance protocols to maintain validity and integrity of research data.
As individual skills develop: troubleshoot, analyze and propose modifications to protocols; perform complex techniques per protocol; test and evaluate current procedures; develop and implement procedures for monitoring data integrity; present results at team meetings.
Collect, Analyze and Summarize Data; Prepare Reports; Contribute to Manuscripts, Publications:
Collect and track, perform data entry for reports and maintain records of methods used.
Prepare materials for reports.
As skills develop, analyze data.
Prepare bibliographies and abstracts for publications and may present results/finding at team, departmental and national meetings.
Administrative and Project Management:
Assist with ACURF or similar protocol submissions, if applicable.
Track various indicators of project progress and summarize in reports to the research team.
Assist in documenting compliance with safety and regulatory guidelines.
May initiate financial transactions.
Facilities and Equipment Management:
Assist in the preparation, calibration, and maintenance of laboratory and facility equipment.
Assist with procurement of supplies and materials.
May initiate purchasing requests, monitor accounts/expenditures; reconcile statements.
As skills develop, may train, provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling of employees to assure outcomes are achieved.
The department of Otolaryngology was founded in 1922, the department is one of the oldest in the United States and one of the most comprehensive in the world. Our department prides itself on its highest standards of patient care. For this we credit the balance that we strike between clinical work, training, and research. Each of these elements contributes to a thorough and compassionate approach to patient care.
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
Willingness to learn relevant lab protocols under supervision of the principal investigator and other research staff is required.
Experience with MS Excel, Word is required.
Experience and willingness to work with rodent animals (mice, rats) and to acquire expertise in relevant histologic and surgical procedures under direction provided by principal investigator and other staff is desirable.
Experience with microscopy, including confocal, epiflourescent and / or light microscopy is desirable.
Understanding of research conduct as outlined in a research protocol is desirable.
Position and Application Details
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission:
Brief cover letter explaining interest in position, any prior experience and career goals
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and education/credential verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.
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Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
The University of Iowa offers a generous benefits package, including paid vacation and paid sick leave. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: .
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.