SDSU Research Foundation

  • Research Assistant II

    Req No.
    Full-Time Contract
    Dept/Proj Name
    South Bay Latino Research Center (SBLRC)
    Close Date
  • Overview

    The South Bay Latino Research Center (SBLRC) promotes and facilitates research in diverse Latino populations living in the border region of San Diego. Using principles of Community-based Participatory Research, SBLRC investigators conduct epidemiologic, intervention and health service research in an effort to improve the health and welfare of the community it serves. Existing partnerships with the SBLRC include the University of California, San Diego, San Ysidro Health, Scripps Health, and Neighborhood Healthcare.


    The American Heart Association has funded a 4-year clinical intervention that aims to reduce sitting time among Hispanic/Latina women, 55 years and older who are at increased risk of heart disease. The intervention intent to help Hispanic/Latina women understand when and where they sit most and help them to break up their sitting time. Women will be asked to wear a special device that will track their sitting time and they will meet with a health coach to set goals and plan to stand more throughout their day. Under supervision of the investigators and the project managers, the Research Assistant II will help with the data collection, recruitment, data entry, and other daily activities and procedures of the research study.



    Data Collection and Survey Administration: 40%

    • Administer study instruments, interviews, surveys and other physical or cognitive assessments while following detailed protocol
    • Conduct anthropometric and blood pressure measurements according to protocol
    • Prepare materials for and conduct assessment visits with study participants
    • Fit study participants with physical activity monitor
    • Download and screen data from instruments
    • Complete informed consent process with participants
    • Maintain accurate and complete records and participant charts


    Research and Recruitment: 40%

    • Conduct recruitment calls with potential participants and verify eligibility
    • Review Electronic Medical Records for eligibility
    • Retrieve and manage incoming screening materials from potential participants
    • Maintain and prepare call logs and screening forms
    • Prepare mass mailings of recruitment materials
    • Conduct reminder calls for participants for scheduled visits


    Data Entry and Quality Assurance: 10%

    • Enter data collected from surveys and physical assessments into the computer database using database templates/menus while adhering to protocols
    • Review, coordinate, and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy
    • Update tracking records in the data management system
    • Other duties are assigned as needed.


    Other Administrative Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned: 10%

    • Participate in project related team meetings
    • Provide regular updates to project managers
    • Material development (e.g., study brochures, participant eligibility screening and recruitment forms, scripts, formatting survey measures and data collection forms)
    • Translation of study materials (English/Spanish)

    Knowledge and Abilities:

    • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
    • Quickly learn and follow specific related research protocol, methods and procedures.
    • Knowledge of working with older adult population (55+)
    • Knowledge of NIH and HIPAA compliance
    • Knowledge of pedometers and inclinometers
    • Ability to administer assessment tests and questionnaires.
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication (oral/written) skills and strong leadership skills.
    • Efficient time management skill.
    • Ability to work well independently and with co-workers and demonstrate sensitivity interacting with participants from variety of socioeconomic and culturally diverse background.
    • Ability to follow oral and written directions.
    • Ability to complete detailed work accurately & efficiently, following specific research methods and procedures
    • Ability to understand and follow posted work rules and procedures
    • Ability to relate well to others within the project environment.
    • Ability to display motivation and strong interpersonal skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
    • Ability to display organization, attention to detail and possess good judgment
    • Ability to demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity
    • Ability to complete detailed work accurately and efficiently
    • Ability to handle multi-tasking in a fast paced environment and meet deadlines
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, with knowledge of Microsoft Access
    • Basic knowledge of software programs such as R and the statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS)
    • Successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting process
    • Ability to work with a flexible work schedule and adapt to working variable hours as needed for field site work, to include mornings, evening and weekends.
    • Ability to arrive to work on time, understand and follow posted work rules and procedures.
    • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of participant records


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Completion of sufficient lower division coursework to successfully perform the required duties of the position OR equivalent of one year related experience 


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in public health, behavioral sciences, psychology, education, or related field(s)
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish
    • Previous experience working on a research setting (in field data collection and entry)


    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer



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