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University of Rochester Research Support Assistant - 232512 in Rochester, New York

Research Support Assistant Job ID 232512

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 007 General Pediatrics




Position Summary:

Work daily on large community-based pediatric asthma interventions within the City of Rochester and surrounding areas. Recruit participants into interventions and ensure timely follow-up data collection. Explain studies in detail, use own judgment to answer participant questions, provide informed consent, conduct in-person and telephone interviews, collect breathing measurements and saliva samples, complete medical record reviews, and conduct literature searches. Maintain study documentation and databases, as well as enter, organize, and verify study data. Will communicate with and travel to local Rochester schools, pediatric offices, pharmacies, emergency departments, and participants’ homes. Will follow University Research Guidelines for Human Subjects Research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Demonstrates ICARE* values in each of the major responsibilities.

Required Competencies:

Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Must be flexible, empathetic, and able to engage effectively with diverse populations. Demonstrate efficiency in prioritizing assignments, as well as skill in proactively and independently resolving problems in the field, and recommending/implementing continuous quality improvements. Possess good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with Microsoft Access, REDCap, database development or SPSS is desirable.


Requires one year of relevant post-high school education or equivalent and one-two years of related experience. Prefer Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with major course work in social or technical field. Some evenings and weekends are required. Must have reliable/efficient transportation to travel to schools, homes, pediatric offices and other local sites. Spanish speaking is a plus.

NOTE: This document describes typical duties and responsibilities and is not intended to limit management from assigning other work as required.

Major Responsibilities:

20% Conduct participant screening for the research studies. Conduct telephone calls to screen potential participants for eligibility and interest in asthma study. Conduct detailed screening surveys and use own judgment to determine if subject is eligible. Schedule home visits with family, and coordinate schedules with other staff to conduct home visits. Organize and maintain all screening data in a database.

20% Conduct subject enrollment for the research studies. Travel to appropriate sites for subject recruitment, including homes, emergency departments, and schools. Explain study in detail and answers all participants’ questions. Obtain written informed consent from caregivers and verbal assent from children. Conduct interviews and administers surveys to participants. Collect breathing measurements (spirometry, eNO), height/weight, and saliva samples from child/adolescent participants. Work with children/adolescents to assure comfort with and accuracy of data collection. Maintain subject documentation, including memorandums and letters. Provide enrollment updates at weekly study meeting, and provide updates daily to study coordinators and asthma coordinator.

20% Ensure timely follow-up data collection for the research studies. Conduct telephone and in-person follow-up surveys with participants. Make sure that all follow-up surveys are conducted within a specific time frame. Collect breathing measurements (spirometry, eNO), height/weight, and saliva samples from child/adolescent participants. Conduct medical chart reviews to obtain additional study related data.

20% Data collection, data entry, and data maintenance. Collect data from interviews and other sources from asthma studies. Perform on-site validity checks of data and obtains clarification as needed. Verify study related information and review subject records to ensure complete and accurate data. Enter data into database. Run simple reports from database. Conduct data cleaning procedures. Assist with database creation, edits and general maintenance.

10% Help to train and supervise student research assistants. Delegate tasks and reviews progress, provide feedback and additional training. Assist with bi-weekly student meetings to ensure students are informed of study tasks and understand priorities

10% Perform additional research duties as assigned by study coordinator including; assisting with presentations, posters, manuscripts, literature reviews, general office duties, etc.

Supervisory responsibilities:


Reports to:

Supervision will be provided by principal investigator, Dr. Jill Halterman, Associate Director of Clinical Research, Maria Fagnano


Computer, Telephone, Scanner, Printer, Copier, Fax; Spirometer, Niox Aero (eNO machine); Scale, Stadiometer, Telemedicine equipment

*For more on the ICARE values go to: care/icare-values.asp (

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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