Research Assistant

Updated: January 12, 2018
Job ID: 213541
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Research Assistant who will support the Health Professions Education (HPE) group, within the Department of Medicine, at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU.

This individual will be responsible for data collection, data entry, data management, and other tasks related to research and development activities in collaboration with other scientific and technical staff. HPE is involved in a number of departmental, national, and international collaborative programs of research that investigates a variety of questions relevant to HPE. Our collaborative teams are composed of active duty and civilian faculty members, including physicians, nurses, and PhD-trained medical education researchers. In this position the incumbent will be central to HPE research data collection, design, execution, and interpretation of research studies that contribute to the team’s many programs of research and will support HPE faculty and students. The incumbent will also work closely with the IRB office on HPE protocols and processes.


  • Helps plan, conduct, and complete investigations designed and led by HPE faculty and students.  Assignments require the performance of complex data collection, data entry, data management, and data analyses involving multiple procedures (both qualitative and quantitative).
  • Plays a vital interfacing role with submissions to the institutional review board (IRB),
  • Supports grant applications submitted on behalf of HPE faculty and students.
  • Supports data collection and analysis methods and procedures for various programs of research.
  • Prepares HPE-related presentations and documents for presentations at national and international scientific conferences, as well as presentations to USU leadership.
  • Helps execute and implement scientific research projects including managing study logistics.
  • Collects, enters and manages study data and conducts literature reviews, assembling pertinent scientific information bearing on research programs.
  • Utilizes computer equipment and software for data collection, statistical analysis, qualitative data analysis, basic graphic design, data storage, and word processing.
  • Maintains clear and accurate research records, data inventories, and audit trails.
  • Maintains compliance with IRB data protection protocols and other procedures.

Job Specifications:

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  The incumbent must bring to this position a minimum of a master’s degree in a social or biological science field, plus experience conducting and/or assisting with human subjects research in an academic environment. The optimal candidate will have experience with IRB processes and procedures, as well as experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis procedures. The candidate must have excellent writing and problem-solving skills. Extensive knowledge of research processes with human subjects, ability to follow general instructions, good oral and written communication and analytical skills are important qualifications.   

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelors degree in a social or biological science field.

Minimum Experience:  4 - 6 years of research experience

Physical Capabilities:  long periods of standing and sitting

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  n/a

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  n/a

Work Environment:  office/university environment

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.