Senior Research Assistant

George Washington University

United States

December 20, 2021


Posting Details

Job Description Summary:

Students in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences learn to apply psychological theories and methods to solve urgent problems facing individuals, communities and society. Our faculty members are active in mentoring student research, and several have been recognized for their prolific contributions to their fields of study. Surrounded by the esteemed research and health centers that Washington, D.C., and GW have to offer, psychology students integrate practical experience and research into their coursework, preparing them for a wide range of successful careers.

Team Represent is a dynamic interdisciplinary research team headed by Dr. Lisa Bowleg, Professor of Applied Social Psychology. The team includes a Project Director, Dr. Jenné Massie; a Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Ana Maria del Río-González, and three doctoral studies in the Applied Social Psychology Program. Various undergraduate and graduate research assistants also assist us with our work as volunteers or for academic credit. Using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, Team Represent conducts a variety of research projects focused on behavioral and structural aspects of HIV and substance use prevention with Black men and women; intersectionality; maternal and child health; and Black lesbian, gay and bisexual health. The Senior Research Assistant (SRA) will report to the Project Director (PD), Dr. Massie and will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Lisa Bowleg and research staff. The SRA will be responsible for assisting the PD in organizing and coordinating our ongoing research projects, and assisting with the Team's grant-writing and publication and dissemination work, including our new website and helping to grow our social media presence to assist with recruitment. The coordinator is responsible for overseeing recruitment efforts for multiple research studies with Black men and women in the DC area.


Scientific Writing: Assist with preparation of scientific technical reports, study protocol manuals, IRB protocols, annual continuation reports to the IRB, NIDA/NIH and the Kellogg Foundation; quantitative and qualitative data analysis under the direction of the PD and PI; assist with the preparation of study manuscripts for submission for peer-reviewed publication (e.g., conducting literature reviews, writing, developing tables); assist with the preparation of research presentations and posters; and assist with the development of grant proposals.

Recruitment Coordination: Monitor and adhere to project timelines and deliverables for multiple studies; monitor recruitment projections to ensure that recruitment targets are met; Oversee recruitment in terms of street and community outreach and social media; Complete other recruitment related tasks under the direction of the PD.

Project Coordination: Monitor and adhere to project timelines and deliverables for multiple studies; maintain Team REPRESENT calendar and scheduling staff meetings under direction of PD and PI; edit study instruments, materials and protocols under PD and PI direction; per the PD's approval, purchasing general supplies and equipment; and assist the PD with interviewing and hiring research assistants.

Administration: Conduct study related administrative tasks under the direction of the PD and PI.

Performs other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a BA/BS and 1 year of experience in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Prior research coordination or assistance experience. Excellent organizational and attention-to-detail skills. Written and oral communication proficiency. Ability to work independently. Comfort with flexible and changing workload and work settings. Capacity for innovative problem-solving. Comfort and experience working with Black and LGBT communities. Experience and/or proficiency with SPSS, SAS. Qualitative software (e.g., Nvivo, Atlas-ti), Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet; qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods knowledge and/or experience. Good interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, amiability and ease with talking and interacting with different people in diverse settings to facilitate recruitment and outreach.

Previous experience as a project or recruitment coordinator on a NIH-funded study. Enthusiasm for community-based research. Experience presenting at or preparing presentations/posters for professional conferences.

Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience.

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.

College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Service and Support Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Will this job require the employee to work on site? No Employee Onsite Status Hybrid Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status.

Data collection for one of the team's current NIH-funded studies will be conducted with our community partner, Whitman Walker Health (WWH). This means that the Senior Research Assistant (SRA) will often have to visit WWH's two sites (one on 14th Street, NW and the other in SE). When assisting with recruitment, the SRA will also have to travel to different events throughout the city (e.g., clubs, health fairs, Black Pride) to disseminate flyers and conduct street outreach).

The SRA will work under the supervision of and collaboration with the Project Director (PD), who will establish work priorities and regularly review progress to ensure adherence to research protocols and timelines. A performance review is conducted three months after initial hiring and at six months, which marks the end of the probationary period. Thereafter, the PD will conduct annual performance reviews of the SRA.

The position would initially be for 2 years. Extension of the position would be contingent on renewal of funding.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R001459 Job Open Date: 11/19/2021 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:

Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Do you have previous project coordination experience on NIH, foundation-funded research?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Have you ever conducted or assisted with recruitment for a study?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • How would you describe your interpersonal skills relevant to interactions with diverse people and communities?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • What is your experience with developing systems to facilitate effective project coordination?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Describe your experiences with working in teams. What do you like best? What do you like least?
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents

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