The Scientific Assistant will identify and define research problems and perform research that includes the design and development of research approaches, methodology, phases, procedures, and protocols. Conduct highly complex laboratory research data analyses, evaluations, and redefine and adjust research accordingly.

This position coordinates the operations of research studies focused on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) wellness and/or treatment of substance use and mental health problems. Responsibilities include: Coordinate and oversee the implementation of research studies and projects through community outreach, developing recruitment strategies by engaging participants, site staff, and community members in research in the Promoting Research Initiatives in Substance Use and Mental Health (PRISM) Collaborative; monitor ongoing studies and projects to ensure that protocols are met and to address any issues; assist with data collection management, data security, and protocol adherence; and supervise research staff and students who are assisting with projects related to Native health, foster care, and housing-based interventions. Finally, this position will assist with Tribal approvals and developing and maintaining relationships with Tribal partners.

Knowledge of human subjects’ regulations, policy, and procedure will also be utilized. Projects may include assessment of individuals with drug and alcohol problems, contingency management interventions, development of learning health systems and conducting an evaluation of a housing-based intervention to reduce parental substance use and prevent child abuse.

50% – Research Design and Management

-Provides research expertise in the implementation of research studies and evaluations, including recruitment and retention of participants, development and management of databases, developing study protocols, data gathering, analysis, and evaluation, IRB applications and amendments, quarterly and yearly report.
-Supervises the Research Coordinator and collaborates with the Principal Investigators (PIs) to monitor research studies to ensure that agreed-upon procedures are followed. Interprets policy and procedure to ensure compliance with all laws and rules. -Addresses protocol deviation concerns immediately with supervisor. Strategizes and helps troubleshoot to correct problems. —-Escalates issues as needed to supervisor.
-With the PI, develops and maintains relationships with Tribal partners.
-Independently conducts research by applying established or modified methods.
-Designs, implements, and leads new research studies.
-Prepares human subjects applications, consent forms, and amendments for institutional review board (IRB) review and approval. Trains staff and PIs on policies and procedures concerning human subjects.
-Leads requests for Tribal approvals required for study operation.
-Provides continuous evaluation and review of research studies to ensure compliance with all laws, regulations, policy, and procedures that are associated with human subjects. Reports non-compliance issues immediately to supervisor. Manages reports to funders, data monitoring safety board, and community advisory boards.
-Ensures that study materials and supplies are available to PIs. Assesses laboratory inventory needs and directs research coordinators with ordering as needed.
-Serves as the primary contact for one or more study sites.

20% – Data Management and Reporting

-Reviews and assesses study data to ensure adherence to study protocol. Collaborate with Research Coordinator and PIs if protocols are not being met.
-Utilizes database programs to manage and organize study data. Ensures that data have been entered correctly and works with sites to assure data integrity. Properly randomize participants in the study to their group assignment.
-Reviews, edits, and provides feedback on manuscripts that are being readied for publication. Prepares reports, graphs, tables, charts, and illustrations that display data and results; develops conclusions from data/results analysis.

10% – Research Staff Supervision

-Recruits, or oversees the recruitment, of research staff for studies in which the Scientific Assistant leads.
-Trains and advises Research Coordinators in policy and procedures for research projects, general laboratory protocols, and equipment operation and maintenance.
-Supervises up to two Research Coordinators and/or Research Assistants. Escalates issues to PI as appropriate.
-Provides oversight and assistance to Tribal partner staff working on study(ies). Trains Tribal partners providing staff on policy and procedures for research projects.

10% – Human Subject Management

-Liaises with community agencies and providers as well as other community partners. Answers questions, explains policies and procedures, and provides information about the goals of the study/project to faculty, staff, and the public. Works closely with AI/AN communities to facilitate completion of study tasks/completion of the project.
-Oversees recruitment, participation, and interviewing of human subjects at participating study sites. Strategizes new ways to increase enrollment and community engagement.
-Travels, as needed, to study sites to assist with enrollment, resolve problems, and undertake support data dissemination efforts.

5% – Budget/Fiscal Activities

-Works with Administrative Assistant to coordinate purchasing, including purchase requests, ordering, and reimbursements. Tracks project-related spending.
-Works with Administrative Assistant on travel, including travel requests, arrangements and travel reimbursement requests.
-Works with Administrative Assistant to ship material as needed to project sites.
-Assists with coordination of payments to participants and billing procedures related to study visits including purchasing, tracking, distributing and internal audits.

5% – Other

-Perform other related work as required.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Additional Requirements:

Experience recruiting subjects for research studies.
Experience with data collection and monitoring.
Experience preparing reports, graphs, tables, charts, illustrations, etc. that display data and study results.
Valid driver’s license by date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in relevant field.
Experience working with Native communities and organizations.
Experience working with individuals experiencing mental health or addiction problems.
Experience utilizing RedCAP for data collection and management.
Outstanding ethical integrity and strong commitment to confidentiality in dealing with study-related data.
Excellent time management and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Proactive problem-solving skills, ability to work in a team and independently, and ability to take appropriate autonomous initiative to carry out study-related functions.
Experience designing research studies and independently implementing research protocols.

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About PRISM Collaborative

PRISM (Promoting Research Initiatives in Substance Use and Mental Health) Collaborative was established to address disparities in substance use disorder and mental health treatment and outcomes by working with communities to develop, test, implement, and disseminate community-driven interventions to improve the lives of individuals living with substance use disorders and mental illness

Our research team consists of individuals from diverse backgrounds and research disciplines, including psychology, social work, prevention science, and neuroscience. Our research is rooted in community partnerships. Through these partners, our research includes projects focused on novel approaches for the treatment of alcohol use disorder and co-occurring disorders, treatment and prevention of opioid use in rural communities, culturally appropriate treatments for substance use disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and innovative approaches for the treatment of first episode psychosis.