Research Assistant
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

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Research Assistant
General Internal Medicine is seeking a Research Assistant who will work under the direction of the Principal Investigators and Research Program Managers and will assist in the coordination and execution of activities that support the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity's (JHCHE) research goals and research studies. The JHCHE works to promote equity in health for at-risk populations through advancing scientific knowledge, promoting sustainable changes in practice and policy, partnering with communities, raising public awareness of health inequities, and training scholars.

In addition to supporting efforts of the JHCHE, the incumbent will also support the Mid-Atlantic Center for Cardiometabolic Health Equity's (MACCHE) three cores: The Community Engagement Core (CEC), Investigator Development (ID) Core, and Administrative Core, along with three research studies. In partnership with the JHCHE and the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), in collaboration with Morgan State University and other local institutions, the goal of the MACCHE is to test the effectiveness of several evidence-based strategies for improving cardiometabolic health outcomes among disadvantaged populations, using community-based and patient-centered research principles that may be translated into clinical and public health practices.

The CEC serves as the MACCHE's focal point for cultivating, organizing, and promoting bi-directional learning and communication between consortium partners and a robust cadre of multisectoral stakeholders. To accomplish this goal, we will employ best-practices in community-based participatory research to ensure that the voices and perspectives of marginalized communities are embedded into the fabric of MACCHE's research and training initiatives. This will be done by 1) constructing and implementing a shared governance structure that places stakeholders as leaders within the Center and its studies; 2) advancing, facilitating, and evaluating MACCHE's community-engaged research efforts, and 3) co-designing strategies to translate, disseminate, and sustain MACCHE initiatives.

The IDC has two objectives: (1) to promote career development for Early-Stage Investigators establishing research careers focused on health disparities for chronic diseases; and (2) enhance diversity of the workforce in this area of biomedical research through three specific aims: (1) To establish a pilot project program for postdoctoral fellows, early career faculty and other Early-Stage Investigators to support innovative research related to chronic disease disparities. (2) To create a multidisciplinary mentoring network and community for pilot project awardees. (3) To support Early-Stage Investigators with structured didactic training to promote ethical, scientifically rigorous, and reproducible research to address chronic disease disparities.

The Administrative Core will be responsible for guiding and coordinating shared data and intervention resources, CEC and IDC activities and supporting the three research studies. Constituted of experts in Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Behavioral Science, Health Services Research, Implementation Science, and Community-Based Participatory Research, this core will be responsible for executing that overarching goal while using a comprehensive approach to health equity that includes research and translation, education and training, community engagement, and local to global learning.

The incumbent will work with adult community members, stakeholders, faculty, staff, and students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. They will assist the JHCHE Program Managers and leadership with project coordination, public facing presentations, administrative support and other assigned duties.

Reports to:

  • Research Program Manager.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Develop materials to help promote and recruit applicants to the MACCHE pilot project program, identify avenues (locations and processes) for enhancing the recruitment of underrepresented groups in biomedical research
  • Answer queries and provide technical information to Early-Stage investigators who wish to apply for pilot project awards
  • Maintain database of pilot project applicants and awardees, areas of research focus; track pilot project program progress and goals; generate reports for meetings
  • Provide technical support during pilot project application reviews; act as liaison to applicants, awardees, mentoring teams, and application reviewers
  • Maintains knowledge of research study protocols
  • Assists in the development of presentations, publications, toolkits, flyers, letters and other materials for dissemination of research and Center materials
  • Assists in the development of tables and figures for reports and manuscripts
  • Performs literature reviews
  • Assists in the coordination and participates in research study meetings, including the preparation of agendas and taking of detailed meeting minutes
  • Assists with Center communication and dissemination efforts, including website and newsletter maintenance and development
  • Assists in the maintenance of project databases
  • Assists with community engagement activities
  • Assists program manager in preparing required funder reports
  • Using internal software tools, database, and script guidelines, reach out to candidates on the phone to speak with them about the project, determine eligibility, obtain oral consent, and record responses to interview questions
  • Ensures security, quality, and confidentiality of data by following policies and procedures
  • Make follow-up survey calls to enrolled participants
  • Completes data entry
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Completes all training in a timely manner
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Administrative Tasks May Include:
  • Assists program manager as necessary regarding typing, filing, faxing, mass mailings, chart review
  • Assists in preparing recruitment and tracking update reports
  • Assists in preparing monthly quality control and data management reports
  • Other duties as assigned

This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
  • Bachelor's Degree required, and some experience
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, and additional experience may substitute for some education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula*

  • Basic computer skills required

  • Reliable transportation required; currently telecommuting

* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior research or project implementation experience
  • Experience working in clinical settings and/or with providers and clinical staff
  • Experience in database operations and/or experience in coordination of medical or laboratory research
  • Some related experience or familiarity with grant review processes

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Must be able to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks
  • Must have the ability to work well and communicate effectively with others, and execute, consolidate and organize ideas
  • Must have strong organizational skills, initiative, leadership skills, attention to detail, be able to take direction, and work independently and as part of a team (teams of researchers and with diverse subject populations in particular)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of PC operations and software applications such as MS Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and Access required
  • Ability to learn new database and software applications is required. Ability to follow multiple, detailed directions of various protocols
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and diverse patient populations highly desired
  • Must have excellent time management skills
  • The successful candidate will have strong communication skills

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

Classified Title: Research Assistant
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD
Starting Salary Range: $16.42 - $22.57/hr (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Hybrid
Department name: SOM DOM General Internal Medicine
Personnel area: School of Medicine

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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