Research Assistant

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 Mar 2023

Posting Information
Posting Information

Department Carolina Population Center - 631100
Career Area Research Professionals
Posting Open Date 01/11/2023
Application Deadline 03/17/2023
Position Type Temporary Staff (SHRA)
Position Title Research Assistant
Position Number 20032873
Vacancy ID S020782
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range $20.00 per hour
Proposed Start Date 02/06/2023
Estimated Duration of Appointment 6 months not to exceed 11 months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
Since 1966, researchers at the Carolina Population Center have pioneered data collection and research techniques that move population science forward by emphasizing life course approaches, longitudinal surveys, the integration of biological measurement into social surveys, and attention to context and environment. We are also at the forefront of creating interdisciplinary training programs that integrate approaches from the social and biological sciences, building research capacity and training the next generation of scholars. Our faculty fellows address pressing research questions about population dynamics, fertility, health, mortality, migration, and the environment. Faculty come from multiple disciplines, benefitting from the cross-pollination of ideas. Our dedicated research and programming staff support fellows at every stage of project development, from conception through data collection or acquisition, analysis and dissemination, and project administration.
Position Summary
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) Wave VI study is seeking a temporary, full-time research assistant to create, manage and assist with participant communications, develop, organize, and document research protocols, and take meeting notes. We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter with demonstrated experience on social science/public health research projects. Candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills, strong attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to work within a fast-paced environment and manage multiple complex tasks. This position will work with the PII Team to carry out participant recruitment communications by email, mail, and phone, monitor the participant phone line and email inbox, and respond to participant inquiries. This position will also work on administrative tasks that include filing sensitive documents, attending meetings, assisting with website content, preparing mailings, creating, maintaining, and following protocols, and other administrative and research-related duties. The position will involve working with small and large teams to coordinate work on tasks and participant communications according to project timelines and priorities.
This position is full-time, 40 hours per week
The position is funded for a one-year period of time
Pay is $20 per hour
The person in this position will interact directly with research participants but there is no travel or fieldwork involved
This position is housed at the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at UNC Chapel Hill.
Office space downtown Chapel Hill at Carolina Square is provided, and parking may be available
The position requires at least 2/3 time in the office with the option of 1/3 time remote work. There is some flexibility for office and work hours M-F depending on meeting schedules.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
* Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
* Ability to work independently and self-manage tasks and timelines
* Experience using Microsoft Office products, especially Access and Excel
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Demonstrated experience working with a computer database or tracking system
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Preference for candidate with social science research-based degree or in lieu of the social science research-based degree, previous work experience encompassing social science research activities
Preference for candidate with prior experience communicating with participants in a research setting
Experience creating and maintaining documentation (e.g., SOPs/protocols, file specifications, scripts/templates for participant communications, flowcharts)
Familiarity with the following would be a bonus: statistical/data management software, database design and SQL, web and email marketing best practices
Knowledge/experience with human subjects (IRB) and confidentiality issues related to research.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
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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