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Research Assistant

April 04, 2013 - June 28, 2013
Location:Minneapolis, MN
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:Berman Center
Description:The research assistant will be responsible for delivering comprehensive study support, facilitate project development, and contribute to successful project execution.

The research assistant will provide support to the BRINK Primary Investigator, project manager, and research coordinator/associates. Duties of the research assistant include assisting with the implementation of the BRINK study, patient recruitment, and the facilitation and efficient operation of the project as a whole. The research assistant will also be expected to help ensure work is properly organized, work as a member of the BRINK team, participate actively in all BRINK related projects, and promote teamwork.
Duties:• Provide project support in all aspects of the BRINK study from initiation to completion.
• Assist with participant recruitment (preparing and sending letters, conducting follow-up phone calls, etc.)
• Complete operational requirements by maintaining the BRINK calendar and scheduling participant appointments.
• Extend courteous and quality participant/customer service to promote recruitment and retention.
• Administer brief questionnaires including (e.g., QVSFS, Phone Screening)
• Maintain BRINK database by entering new and updated participant account information.
• Assist with the preparation of reports, tracking, and data collection (e.g., medical records)
• Participate in BRINK Team meetings.
• Maintain supply inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; working with staff to anticipate needs; placing orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
• Provide administrative coverage as an assistant to the BRINK Primary Investigator, project manager, and research associates as the need arises (general clerical: printing, copying, inter-organization pick-up and delivery).
• Answer phone calls and respond to BRINK inquiries regarding appointments or general study information.
• Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with integrity.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all essential or non-essential functions and skills, knowledge and abilities required of employees so classified.

Job duties and requirements may be subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Requirements are representative of the minimum levels of education, experience and skills required to perform the essential functions of this job. The job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. MMRF reserves the right to change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. Typical qualifications would be a Bachelor’s degree, skills in operating a personal computer, and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access. Experience in a research setting and familiarity with medical terminology preferred.

Skill, Knowledge, & Ability (SKA)
Requires interaction with a diverse population and strong interest in working with others. Demonstrate working knowledge of basic personal computing. Ability to plan, maintain, and assume independent responsibility for assigned projects; compile and/or prepare accurate data for reports, and possess good composition skills; understand complex written and oral instructions; establish and maintain complex written and oral instructions. Ability to communicate effectively and develop rapport with research subjects, ability to adapt and be flexible, and the ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail. Displays high standards of attendance, punctuality, maintains confidentiality, and manages time effectively.


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