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Research Assistant

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We are looking for a Research Assistant interested in working with a diverse research team of physicians, research faculty, and graduate students on hypothesis-testing research projects. Hours are flexible (up to 19 hours/week) with some flexibility to work around a school schedule. This position is specific to a COVID-19 study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We can teach you any of the necessary skills as long as you are willing and eager to learn. This position offers hands-on experience with research in a friendly and challenging environment.

This position is considered Category IIA: Not required on campus and has the ability to telework remotely for the duration of the University of Utah’s response to COVID-19. An employee hired into this role will be responsible for providing space, telephone, printing, networking and/or internet capabilities at the telecommute location and agree to the terms of the University of Utah campus and Health Academics COVID-19 Telecommuting Agreement.


Compiles data from a variety of sources including interviews, questionnaires, literature sources, and medical and genealogical records; screen and enroll study participants; coordinate study visits; assemble specimen kits; collect and ship COVID19 specimens from participants home or workplace (PPE will be provided); Need to have a valid driver’s license, store blood specimens in assigned location;
follow up with participants; enter information into the department’s computer system. Assists PIs, Research Associates, Post-doctoral fellows, etc. in the preparation of manuscripts and presentation materials by creating slides, charts, graphs and handouts. Maintains up-to-date files and records of research data. Searches sources such as reference works, documents, statistical records, etc. and evaluates applicability of collected data to research subject. May draft correspondence to answer inquiries and respond to requests from outside agencies about specific projects. May edit research papers, project reports, and publication materials; may make arrangements for the printing and graphic art requirements for printed materials. May maintain an internal library on project information resources and data collected. Performs quality control through path audits in order to resolve discrepancies and overlaps with data. Schedules appointments, visits, and meetings.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Mostly work from home environment; office environment
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

One year research experience or equivalency; demonstrated organizational and communication skills; and a commitment to provide excellent customer service required. An understanding of research protocols and procedures preferred.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.


Successful applicants will have experience in OR a strong interest in obtaining knowledge in one or more of the following:
Hypothesis-driven research, working in a team environment, public health, scientific research methods, scientific writing skills (e.g. abstracts, posters, manuscripts, reports), knowledge of data analysis (e.g. SAS, STATA), conducting exhaustive literature searches (e.g. PubMed, EBSCO, Cochrane, CINAHL, Scopus), reference manager software (e.g. Endnote).

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