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University of Washington RESEARCH STUDY ASSISTANT in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 226715


Posting Date: 09/12/2023

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $3,240 - $3,907 per month

Shift: First Shift

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POSITION PURPOSE The Lee Computational Ophthalmology Lab is leading collaborative efforts on large multidisciplinary research projects, using Big Data and machine learning. The Research Study Assistant will play a critical role in these important studies. The Department of Ophthalmology has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Study Assistant (RSA). The RSA will be primarily responsible for recruiting & consenting research participants and collecting study data for research studies in the Lee Computational Ophthalmology Lab.

Purpose of the Research Project: The ability to understand and affect the course of complex, multi-system diseases such as type 2 diabetes has been limited by a lack of well designed, high quality, large, and inclusive multimodal datasets. This AI-READI project seeks to create such a dataset allowing machine learning approaches to provide critical insights into the endemic condition, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DT2). The project will collect a cross-sectional dataset of more than 4,000 people across the US with dual balancing for self-reported race/ethnicity and four stages of diabetes severity.

Research Stakeholder(s): University of Washington Dept. of Ophthalmology

Position Description: Under close supervision of the research manager and Principal Investigator, the Research Study Assistant will assist the study team with:


  • Creating study instruments including data collection forms, telephone scripts, SOPs, consent documents, and study advertisements.

  • Identifying appropriate subjects for participation following study inclusion/exclusion criteria.

  • Overseeing efficient flow of subjects through the study including screening, consent, patient reported outcomes and data collection.

  • Coordinating the collection, analysis, and interpretation of study data. Develop, monitor, and optimize protocols and research procedures for the study.

  • Enter data and ensure data completeness and quality with the assistance of the research manager and PI.

  • Write study progress reports, meeting minutes, and other administrative duties. Assist with drafting annual reports to funding agencies and assist with manuscript preparation.

  • Other study-related duties as assigned. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Two years of college-level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of appropriate experience OR equivalent education/experience. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, strong detail orientation, and ability to adeptly manage multiple priorities and timelines

  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required

  • Ability to learn new software programs

  • Willingness to work independently after sufficient training DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior experience with human subjects research, preferably in an academic or healthcare-related setting, and preferably in health services and outcomes projects

  • Candidates of non-traditional educational or experiential backgrounds are encouraged to apply

  • Experience recruiting & consenting by telephone

  • Experience conducting participant outreach and data collection by telephone

  • Training and/or knowledge in ethical conduct of research with human subjects

  • Interest in ophthalmology and working with state-of-the-art imaging equipment

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.