Research Assistant 3

Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH (30+ days ago)4.2


LOCATION: WOOSTER, OH Working under limited supervision of the Genetics Research Study Associate IV (Research Operations Manager) and the principal investigators, the Genetics Research Study Associate II (Research Assistant 3) will coordinate the ascertainment and enrollment of the research studies to which they are assigned. The associate will work closely with the principal investigator to design and implement research methodologies for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the human genetics research studies.


Coordinate and carry out complex research assignments of a non-routine nature. Coordinate research activities for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the human genetics research studies in their area. Work closely with other genetics research study associates who work on the same study. Contact and enroll participants in the genetic studies to which they are assigned. Travel to enroll participants at their homes and their exam locations. Travel to Case Western Reserve University as needed to work directly with the principal investigator(s) and study team. Make recommendations for the design and implementation for the ascertainment, recruitment and enrollment of study participants for the human genetics research studies to which they are assigned. Utilizing a high degree of skill and training, evaluate and develop new protocols for recruitment, ascertainment and enrollment of participants. Utilizing a high degree of skill and training, ascertain and enroll participants which requires sensitivity and experience working with the Amish population. (75%)
Identify individuals to be enrolled and maintain a method of keeping track of those eligible for enrollment. Enter study-specific data into research database. Maintain accurate numbers of enrollments. Obtain and review family and medical histories and perform study specific exams. Identify, obtain and review appropriate medical records. Create and maintain complete research files and comprehensive databases, including: consent forms, demographics, family and medical history forms as well as all other study specific forms. Prepare regular research updates (i.e., newsletters) for study participants if required. (20%)


Participate in research group meetings and communicate with genetics research study associate III and principal investigators to ensure that work on the studies is being performed as needed and expected. Maintain open communication/collaboration between department and other areas. Maintain open communication with physicians and office staff participating in the studies in the community. (3%)
May serve as author or co-author on research publications. (1%)
Provide training regarding enrollment and data entry procedures for others who work with the studies. May supervise students and technicians. Perform other duties as assigned. (1%)


Department: Contact as needed with genetic research study associate IV and principal investigator: on-going contact with staff, faculty, postdocs and study participants.

University: Contact as needed with purchasing, human resources, space and facilities planning, environmental health, safety/contact, Research Administration, IRB, and Sponsored Projects Accounting.

External: Contact as needed with vendors and collaborators at other universities, institutions and industry.

Students: On-going contact with students.


May supervise students and technicians


Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years of professional work experience required. Experience with interaction with participants is key and familiarity with IRB/HIPPA strongly preferred.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required.


Ensure compliance with IRB approved protocols.
Ability to concisely and effectively communicate methods, concepts, and study designs to all groups as appropriate, relevant and indicated.
Effective and professional interpersonal skills and demonstrated expertise and strong leadership skills in team-oriented environments.
Maintain level of confidentiality commensurate with nature of involvement with study participants, medical records and other sensitive HIPAA, demographic and family history information.
Good problem solving and decision-making skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated willingness to be hands-on and pro-active.
Ability to multitask, work independently, and set own priorities, while maintaining accuracy and attention to details.
Ability to work effectively with internal and external colleagues and collaborators. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
Ability to meet consistent attendance.


Normal office environment and equipment. Travel for enrollment ranges between 20% and 80% for this position depending on various factors and will vary from time to time.