SDSU Research Foundation

  • Research Specialist I

    Req No.
    Full-Time Contract
    $17.67-$26.51 DOE
    Dept/Proj Name
  • Overview

    This position is open until filled with first review of applicants on Monday, September 20th.


    The Research Specialist will be responsible for administrative support and coordination of two NIH-funded collaborative research studies with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), “Contribution of Thirdhand Smoke to Overall Tobacco Smoke Exposure in a Pediatric Population” and “Prevalence and Clinical Correlates of Thirdhand Smoke Exposure in a Pediatric Patient Population”. In addition, the Research Specialist will provide administrative support to other research projects at MERG.


    Thirdhand smoke (THS) is the persistent residue resulting from secondhand smoke (SHS) that accumulates in dust, in objects, and on surfaces in homes where tobacco has been used. Smokers’ homes become reservoirs of persistent toxic pollutants (e.g., nicotine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, tobacco-specific nitrosamines). Children are exposed to THS toxicants via inhalation, dermal transfer, and ingestion of compounds re-emitted and re-suspended from indoor reservoirs. The two collaborative studies with CCMHC examine the contribution of THS to overall tobacco smoke exposure and the prevalence and clinical outcomes of THS exposure in pediatric populations. Data collection for both studies is taking place in Cincinnati (Ohio); the analyses of environmental samples are taking place at SDSU. Effective and efficient communication, excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail are critical for the successful data collection and analysis.


    The Research Specialist is responsible for, but not limited to:

    • Assist with the preparation of research protocols and questionnaires
    • Prepare and renew HRPP/ IRBs, BUAs
    • Order supplies and equipment, and assess needs on an ongoing basis
    • Manage preparation and shipping of sampling kits
    • Manage receiving of samples for analysis
    • Coordinate workflow for sample analyses
    • Assist with analyzing data
    • Contribute to writing reports and scientific articles
    • Manage budget and interface with SDSURF personnel as needed
    • Meet/coordinate with project investigators at SDSU and CCHMC
    • Ensure progress reports and final reports are submitted in a timely manner
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned



    • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university
    • One-year of experience in technical research or statistical work
    • Must be a nonsmoker, nonuser of tobacco and marijuana who lives with nonsmokers/nonusers, due to potential for contamination of study samples. This includes tobacco smoking vaping of any kind, and use of smokeless tobacco products.

    Preferred Experience/Education:

    • Master’s degree in Psychology, Public Health, Communication, or a related field.
    • Two years of previous project management experience.
    • Experience with research study protocol development.
    • Experience with conducting in-person survey interviews with research study participants.
    • Experience with environmental samples collection.
    • Experience with IRB protocols and review.
    • Data management experience.
    • Online data collection experience (e.g., Qualtrics, REDCap, Google forms)
    • Data analyses experience (e.g., SPSS, Stata, or R).
    • CITI Human Subjects Research Training.
    • Research collaboration tools experience (e.g., video confereneing)
    • Social media experience (Wordpress, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook).
    • Bilingual: Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, or Vietnamese.



    A background check (including a criminal records check) and Livescan (fingerprint) 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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