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RESEARCH SCIENTIST ASSISTANT (50% FTE, UW only)

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Department:
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Job Location:
Seattle Campus
Posting Date:
05/30/2012
Closing Info:
Closes On 06/06/2012
Salary:
Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Limited Recruitment:
Other
Limited Recruitment Other:
Open to current School of Social Work employees only.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Social justice, empowerment, multiculturalism, social change are at the heart of our mission at the UW School of Social Work. We believe that the true test of the quality of a society is in the way it responds to its most vulnerable members. Teaching, research, and community service are not abstract; rather, they are intensely practical, focusing on critical issues that matter to individual lives and to society at large.

As members of the University of Washington School of Social Work, we are committed to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations and enhancing the quality of life for all.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE) Research Scientist Assistant
to work with a project investigating the effects of alcohol consumption and sexual violence against women and men’s condom use. With the guidance of the Project Supervisor, the person in this position will participate in experimental set-up, contribute to the design of experimental protocols, conduct human subjects experiments, and will be involved in data management. Under supervision, the Research Scientist Assistant will assist in training and scheduling undergraduate experimenters and phone screeners. In addition, the Research Scientist Assistant will program the data collection software following established guidelines and assist in the compilation of background information and the generation of data analyses for publication and presentation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Experimental Sessions (~45%)

Under the supervision of the Research Coordinator, revise data collection tools as a part of a team, administer informed consent, and guide participants through research protocols. With oversight from the Research Coordinator, will review data collected and ensure that it meets research study standards according to established guidelines. Conduct basic descriptive analyses for presentation and discussion at internal meetings as directed by senior research staff.

2. Participant recruitment and retention (~20%)

Assist in the implementation of the advertisement and recruitment strategy, organize the participant screening paperwork and protocols, and manage recruitment databases. Assist with tracking participants in a longitudinal study and overseeing participant correspondence according to established guidelines. Under the direction of the Research Coordinator, train and guide 3-4 undergraduate research assistants in their duties as telephone screeners.

3. Data management (~10%)

Using established guidelines, perform data cleaning tasks and compile data codebooks with information provided by senior researchers. Will conduct background research and basic data analysis as directed by senior researchers.

4. Reporting (~5%)

Under direction of the Research Coordinator, will assist with the preparation of human subjects applications, consent forms, and progress reports for institutional review board.

5. As a part of a team and under supervision from the Research Coordinator, program data collection software (DATSTAT, Illume and NoviSurvey). (~10%)

6. Perform various administrative duties including scheduling, ordering and tracking lab supplies, designing print materials, answering phones. (~10%)
Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related field, with coursework in Psychological or social science research.
At least 6 months working in a research environment that involves human subjects and alcohol administration. Experience as an undergraduate is acceptable.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Desired:
Experience with alcohol administration experimental protocols.
Comfortable programming data collection software using HTML, Java, and/or other survey software.
Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, and EndNote software.
Comfortable discussing sex and surrounding issues with both colleagues and study participants.
Detail oriented, organized, responsible, and reliable.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Experience training and scheduling other staff members.
Human Subjects Certification.
Condition of Employment:
This position requires evening and weekend shifts. The working schedule will vary according to the experiment schedule.
The Research Scientist Assistant must be able to respond quickly and professionally to any and all participant questions related to the research and the research environment. Some of these participants will be intoxicated.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an online cover letter assessment, the Limited Recruitment assessment,
as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select Apply to this Position on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your My Jobs page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.
The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability
, and committed to becoming climate neutral.
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
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