Working under general supervision, the Research Assistant 2 will plan and carry out projects in accordance with general plans to provide regular full-time research support for the multi-year, NIH-funded research grant "Prenatal Preparation: Actions and Results." Duties include recruiting participants, maintaining databases of recruitment efforts, conducting interviews, coding, and analyzing qualitative data, and collecting and compiling additional data and literature relevant to the study aims. This position requires bilingual ability (Spanish and English) in order to best serve the study population.
* Recruit research study participants whose primary language may be either English or Spanish and promote research participant opportunities through appropriate venues. (15%)
* Conduct semi-structured, in-depth research interviews, including arranging all logistical details such as location and participant compensation. (15%)
* Maintain data management protocols, including maintaining research databases of recruitment efforts participant demographic information, transcribing, and proofreading interview transcripts. (20%)
* Work with research team in designing qualitative research instruments and protocols, including IRB submissions. (10%)
* Assist in data analysis, including the development of qualitative codes and coding qualitative data. (20%)
* Assist in the preparation of research reports, presentations and manuscripts as needed. The research assistant will be involved in the in the translation of research materials into Spanish. (10%)
* Conduct independent literature searches that are relevant to the research project, summarize, and annotate results. (5%)
* Participate in project meetings. (5%)
* Perform other duties as needed, including assistance to members of staff and faculty, and support for the Department of Bioethics. (
Department: This position will have daily contact with the project coordinator and other research staff, including weekly and monthly research team meetings and conference calls with off-site collaborators of grant. The person in this position will report to Marsha Michie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioethics.
University: The person in this position may consult faculty in other departments with respect to ongoing research projects on an as-needed basis.
External: The person in this position may work closely with other investigators and staff from collaborating institutions. The person will be in contact with research subjects and potential participants.
Students: Little or no contact with students.
Education/Experience: Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, public health, humanities or a related discipline and 1 to 3 years of research experience in the social sciences, public health, or bioethics OR Associate's degree in an approved biotechnology program and 2 to 4 years of experience required.
* Ability to read, speak and write fluently in both English and Spanish. Communicate effectively in Spanish in person, in writing, and by phone with study participants.
* Experience translating documents in Spanish.
* Working experience with the Latino community.
* Experience with qualitative research methods, including interviewing and data analysis.
* Strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrated analytic abilities.
* Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in an efficient and timely manner.
* Computer expertise using Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel).
* Prefer familiarity with major bibliographic search engines (e.g., PubMed).
* Prefer familiarity with qualitative data analysis software (e.g., Atlas.ti, Dedoose).
* Ability to meet consistent attendance.
* Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.
This position will be based in the Department of Bioethics within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. There will be no exposure to biological/chemical hazards.