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Student Research Assistant II

San Diego State University Research Foundation
San Diego, CA
Closing date
Jul 16, 2024

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The salary range for this position is $18.00 per hour and is non-negotiable.

This is a 20-hour per week position. This position will be based at the ICCRN offices in San Diego, CA, approximately 1 mile from the SDSU campus. Candidates must be currently enrolled at SDSU.

The Imperial County Clinical Research Network (ICCRN) is building the infrastructure (personnel, systems, policies, and procedures) for clinical research within the rural, border community of Imperial County, CA. Through ICCRN, SDSU and SDSU IV scientists, the SDSU IV RISE (Research, Innovation, Student Engagement) Center, and Innercare, a Federally Qualified Health Center, have partnered to develop a research agenda and associated infrastructure to support research across different diseases and health conditions to address health disparities. Leveraging the existing relationships between these organizations, this National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)-funded initiative serves a hard-to-reach population along the US-Mexico border, with implications to other rural and border communities. Among other activities, ICCRN brings together three advisory committees (patient, clinician, community stakeholders) to inform research priorities and associated infrastructure needs relevant to the health and well-being of Imperial County residents. ICCRN supports two research projects working with the healthcare partner organization. Further, ICCRN collaborates with three other Clinical Research Network sites and a coordinating center. The ultimate goal of this effort is to identify relevant, feasible, sustainable, and potentially translatable approaches for promoting health and well-being in rural, border communities in the U.S.


Under direction of the ICCRN Research Manager, the Student Research Assistant (RA) will provide assistance and support to the ICCRN Research Manager, Science Team, and Projects in conducting ICCRN activities. Activities are focused on both infrastructure and protocol development for ICCRN and on assisting with project implementation, expected to begin in summer 2024. This position will provide an opportunity to gain experience building a clinical network site as well as exposure to clinical research methods. The Student RA will primarily support and assist ICCRN research through the development and adaptation of a range of policies and procedures, tracking mechanisms, reports, and other research and research administration activities required to support the management of ICCRN. The Student RA may also support project specific activities related to engagement with research participants and/or management and processing of data.

Strong computer skills (e.g., MS Word, MS Excel, Google Suite) and the ability to manage competing priorities, be flexible, and demonstrate strong detail orientation are essential. The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude and an energetic mind that is characterized by a commitment to diversity, openness, integrity and a community orientation.

The Student Research Assistant is responsible for but not limited to:


Contributing to the development and maintenance of a range of research-related documents, such as research protocols and procedures manuals, how-to guides, tracking spreadsheets, administrative forms and reports to support the development and management of ICCRN research activities

Adapting documents to develop standardized health-related research resources

Assisting with creating forms or simple surveys as needed to gather the required information for report and documentation preparation

Assisting in creating and maintaining tracking system for ICCRN progress

Contributing to preparation and submission of annual NIH progress reports and other compliance documentation, including IRB applications

Participating in various ICCRN meetings as requested

Supporting activities to evaluate ICCRN progress and activities

Assisting with ICCRN data management and data quality control activities


Responding to emails and inquiries in a timely and professional manner

Maintaining routine communication with supervisor and others providing assignments to ensure coordination and implementation of assigned activities are on target and within established deadlines

Learning new software applications, such as REDCap and SPSS, as needed to support work assignments

Participating in ICCRN evaluation activities as needed

Ensuring compliance with SDSURF policies and procedures across all functions listed above

Other duties as assigned


Ability to comply with all ICCRN and SDSURF policies and procedures; ability to successfully complete and maintain all required CITI research ethics training requirements once onboarded

Knowledge of basic computer skills and effective use of Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Google Suite, etc., to create reports and documents; maintain project tracking logs; and create memos, communications and shared documents

Ability to quickly learn and apply elementary research methods and procedures

Ability to follow oral and written directions

Ability to follow detailed procedures and instructions thoroughly and accurately

Ability to interact and communicate clearly and effectively in a professional manner, both orally and in writing

Display flexibility and ability to quickly transition and adjust priorities as needed to meet deadlines

Ability to maintain professional and effective working relationships with others within the project environment (e.g., coworkers, management, administrative team, and participants), displaying strong interpersonal skills

Ability to display motivation and initiative

Ability to display excellent attention to detail

Ability to arrive to work on time

Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures

Ability to complete detailed work accurately and efficiently

Ability to be well organized, meet deadlines, and possess good judgment and common sense

Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of research information

Ability to demonstrate a high level of professionalism and cultural sensitivity when interacting with colleagues, organizational partners, and advisory committee members from a variety of socioeconomic and culturally diverse backgrounds


Undergraduate or graduate student at SDSU or SDSU IV

Completion of sufficient lower division coursework to successfully perform the required duties of the position, OR

Equivalent of one year related experience


Graduate coursework in public health, psychology, nursing, or other related field

Experience developing and/or following research protocols/procedures manuals

Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

Experience in a research environment, and/or within complex and interdisciplinary settings

Familiarity with Basecamp or other project managment application(s) to track assignments, progress and deadlines, ensuring an effective workflow with supervisor and others

Bilingual in Spanish/English is a plus


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation.

Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.

San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Title IX/Vets Employer

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