The purpose of the Social/Clinical Research Assistant will be primarily to support ongoing clinical efforts underway in the North Carolina Clinical Genomic Evaluation by Next-gen Exome Sequencing, phase 2 (NCGENES 2) clinical trial directed by Dr. Jonathan Berg. Participants in this project are from two UNC pediatric clinics (Neurology Pediatric Clinic and the Genetics and Metabolism Clinic). In 2019 the project is expanding to include patients from these clinics who speak Spanish, as well as, English speaking patients from two additional clinic locations (Mission Health, in Ashville, NC and Eastern Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC). Hence NCGENES 2 participants from UNC will be both English and Spanish speaking and those from Mission and ECU will be English speaking. Enrollment of Spanish participants from Mission and ECU is not possible, due to study funding and staffing.
The selected candidate will be trained to perform the research assistant (RA) role and responsibilities for the NCGENES 2 study. These responsibilities consist of assisting the study coordinator in all study aspects, assisting physicians with the completion of provider surveys, ensuring study participants complete in clinic pre- and post- clinic visit surveys, obtaining participant consent to record their clinic visit, conduction of visit recordings, and escorting participants to the study coordinator following completion of their clinic visit. Additionally, the selected candidate will conduct telephone calls and interviews, obtain consent for study interventions, perform study mailings, maintain and prepare study mailings and specimen collection supplies, preform data collection, entry and cleaning, and on occasion conduct minimal blood and saliva handling and distribution to study laboratories. The selected candidate will complete the above activities for English and Spanish study participants from UNC clinics, as well as, preform RA activities for English study participants from ECU.
The selected candidate will be expected to participate in study meetings. With supervision and training, the candidate will interact with study participants, providers, and genetic experts, and may present data/study updates to members of the study team on conference calls/meetings. Successful job performance will require learning and performing the research assistant responsibilities of the NCGENES 2 protocol developed by the study team under supervision and training from their direct supervisor and senior staff.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
The selected candidate must have the following:
1) Availability to meet participants in the UNC Chapel Hill clinic to complete study visit activities. Participants are met in the clinic check-in area 45-60minutes before their clinic appointment. Clinic appointments are scheduled via the hospital scheduling system and typically the earliest scheduled appointment is 8:00am and the latest is 3:30. The date and time of participant study visits is typically known 3-weeks in advance. On occasion, the post visit survey and/or blood specimen collection maybe conducted between 5:00 and 5:30pm, due to an extended clinic appointment (the need for this situation is determined on the day of clinic).
2) Strong telephone interview skills and experience. Available to complete telephone interviews during evening hours, as determined by study participant's availability.
Ideal candidates will have one or more of the following: 1) degree in a scientific field, such as clinical research or biology, or in public health. 2) Successful completion of genetic coursework. 3) Previous work experience in a clinical setting. 4) Experience in using EPIC (a standard hospital electronic medical record system). 5) Previous work with children/teens, and/or individuals from underserved populations. 6) Possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 7) Have or in the process of obtaining certification from the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. 8) Computer skills to translate documents. 9) Successful completion of UNC class for interpreters/translators. Additionally, ideal candidates will have the ability to stand for long time periods and transport clinic supply bag weighing approximately 5 – 10 pounds between UNC clinic and UNC study office/laboratory locations. 10) Fluent Spanish speaker and at least 2 years previous experience working as a medical interpreter.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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