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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L0007 / Med Research Assistant
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 06

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Collects, processes, and coordinates research data, samples, and/or specimens in support of a specifed medical research study. Arranges, performs, and records field interviews and/or routine clinical tests and procedures, in strict accordance with specified research and clinical protocol. May travel to various sites within a specified geographical area, as appropriate to the objectives of the study.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Identifies and compiles lists of potential research subjects in accordance with study objectives and parameters, as appropriate to the individual position.
  2. Develops or assists in the development of interview schedules; contacts potential subjects to introduce and explain study objectives and protocol, and to arrange interviews, either in person or by telephone.
  3. Conducts and records face-to-face and/or telephone interviews with subjects, in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures, and documentation standards.
  4. Performs specified clinical tests and procedures, such as blood drawing and taking of bodily fluid samples, in accordance with study protocol/procedures and established clinical methods and standards.
  5. Reviews and edits data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information; follows up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected.
  6. As appropriate to the specified position, codes and verifies data in accordance with specified research protocol and coding procedures, and enters data into a computer database and/or spreadsheet application for subsequent analysis.
  7. Leads, guides, and reviews the work of students engaged in routine field research activities, as appropriate.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified which may include practicum.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques.
  • Skill in identifying and recruiting research subjects.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Interviewing and data collection skills.
  • Ability to lead and train staff and/or students.
  • Ability to understand and apply specified field and/or laboratory research procedures and protocols.
  • Ability to draw intravenous and peripheral blood.
  • Skill in the use of computer spreadsheet and/or database applications in the compilation of research data.
  • Ability to evaluate, verify, and edit research data.
  • Computer data entry skills.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017