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Research Assistant


Research Assistant

  • 529419
  • Medical Center
  • Psychiatry
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Sep 9 2022
  • Technical Grade 5
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Position Summary

The Suicide Prevention –Training Implementation and Evaluation initiative (SP-TIE) Program is seeking a full-time Research Coordinator to work on several federal- and foundation-funded grants on suicide prevention.


  • Assist with coordinating study and oversee research procedures, including but not limited to scheduling and running study participants, telephone screens, in-person or telephone qualitative interviews, co-facilitate focus groups, recruitment activities in various behavioral health and community environments, and tracking/maintaining contact with study participants.
  • Collect, enter, and manage data, including creation and maintenance of multiple project databases using RedCAP, Excel formulas/macros, SPSS syntax, and other statistical packages.
  • Code qualitative research data and assist with quantitative data analysis and interpretation.
  • Prepare regulatory reports, IRB materials, literature searches on suicide prevention-related topics, PowerPoint slides, and graphics/charts/other tabular data presentations.
  • Establish and maintain tracking systems for trainings provided, project requirement deadlines, etc.
  • Assist with the provision of trainings, conference presentations, and writing of manuscripts.
  • Schedule, organize, and participate in meetings and conference calls related to SP-TIE program activities, including preparation of materials and keeping meeting minutes as needed.
  • Provide administrative and technical support.
  • Supervise student volunteers as appropriate.
  • Assist the Director and Project Administrators in all aspects of their work, including the preparation of grants and other funding applications and new suicide prevention trainings.
  • Perform related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested.

Minimum Qualifications

  •   Bachelor’s degree and at least one and one-half years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Social Work or a related field
  • Ability to write original Excel macros and SPSS syntax is preferred
  • Familiarity with parametric and non-parametric statistical analysis, qualitative data coding and analysis (including NVivo), adherence/fidelity coding, distance learning systems, or a background in suicidology, program evaluation, or implementation science is preferred but not required.
  • Ability to analyze, code, and interpret data and capacity for scientific writing are strongly preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Must successfully complete all online systems training requirements
  • At least a year of relevant research assistant work experience
  • Must have very strong computer skills, including advanced knowledge of SPSS and Microsoft Office (especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Must have superior organizational, problem-solving, communication, and administrative skills
  • Must be detail-oriented, flexible, and dependable
  • Must take initiative and have the ability to work independently
  • Must be able to manage and work on multiple tasks under tight deadlines
  • Must be comfortable interacting with suicidal individuals (with proper training and supervision)
  • Strong writing, interpersonal, and analytic skills, and be able to use and modify Excel formulas and SPSS syntax
  • Organization, coordinating, scheduling, follow-through, problem-solving, clear communication, flexibility, diligence, detail-orientation, dependability, interpersonal skills, initiative, ability to work independent and seek supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to work at a computer, typically sitting. Occasional need to walk to various places across campus and/or deliver small items, such as office supplies or paperwork (<20lbs).
  • Frequent use of computer and telephone. Occasional use of photocopier, scanner, and fax.

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