UT Health Research Assistant I- (Part Time) School of Public Health (Dallas) in Dallas, Texas

Research Assistant I- (Part Time) School of Public Health (Dallas)


Dallas, Texas


UTHealth School of Public Health

Requisition #: 170000XD

Position Summary:

Will support the work of the PI and other team members by collecting primary data for a randomized controlled trial examining whether a smart phone care management app can increase services use and in turn, reduce homelessness and re-arrest among adults released from jail in Dallas, Texas. The responsibilities of this position include: participant recruitment, QDS survey set up and administration, screening, smart phone programming, informed consent administration, participant retention and follow-up, and incentive distribution. Data collection will occur off-campus and project management meetings will occur at the Dallas Campus of UTSPH. The Research Assistant position also requires basic statistical analysis skills, scientific writing ability, proficiency in MS Office suite, basic Stata knowledge. The Research Assistant should be comfortable or have experience working with justice-involved and homeless individuals.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Under close supervision, conducts research activities according to research protocol. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, traditional laboratory experiments and activities, informatics, field interviewer recruiting, screening and training and/or animal laboratories.

  2. May maintain clean laboratory equipment and/or work area to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

  3. Collects, evaluates, and interprets research data to provide needed information to principal investigators and other researchers. Updates notebooks, records, and databases as needed.

  4. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department.

  5. Orders laboratory and/or other supplies as directed by senior research staff.

  6. As needed, may coordinate the work of laboratory technicians and assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results.

  7. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulations, and codes.

  8. Performs necessary steps to complete research; collects qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods data, maintains documents, notes, and other data using a log or computer database.

  9. Maintains quality control checks and a safe environment in compliance with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.

  10. Assist the Principal Investigator in administrative tasks associated with data collection, such as scheduling meetings, photocopying of materials and surveys, preparing meeting agendas/minutes, and recording decisions, and developing project presentations

  11. Prepare, maintain and update project materials

  12. Prepare Progress Reports for PI

  13. Prepare posters, manuscripts, reports and presentations

  14. Manage and respond to project related emails

  15. Attend project meetings

  16. Performs other duties as assigned.


General knowledge of research fields.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in one of the basic sciences or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Bachelor’s degree in discipline related to public health, criminal justice, sociology, social work or public administration preferred.

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience.

Research experience and experience working with the criminal justice system or homeless populations is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical schiences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center and a growing network of clinics throughout the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon b. Johnson Hospital.

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