University of Rochester Research Support Assistant in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 007 General Pediatrics





*Position Summary: *

Work daily on large community-based pediatric asthma interventions within the City of Rochester. Participate in recruitment, enrollment and follow-up of young children and adolescents with asthma and their caregivers. Explain studies in detail, use own judgment to answer participant questions, provide informed consent, conduct in-person and telephone interviews, collect breathing measurements, complete medical record reviews, and conduct literature searches. Maintain study documentation and databases, as well as enter, organize, and verify study data. Will communicate with and travel to local Rochester schools, pediatric offices, pharmacies, emergency departments, and participants’ homes. Will communicate with children and caregivers in Spanish. Will assist with creation and editing of Spanish documents, as needed. Demonstrates ICARE* values in each of the major responsibilities

Responsibilities: Conduct participant screening for the research studies (in English and Spanish). Conduct telephone calls to screen potential participants for eligibility and interest in asthma study. Conduct detailed screening surveys and use own judgment to determine if subject is eligible. Schedule home visits with family, and coordinate schedules with other staff to conduct home visits. Organize and maintain all screening data in a database

Conduct subject enrollment for the research studies (in English and Spanish). Travel to appropriate sites for subject recruitment, including homes, emergency departments, and schools. Explain study in detail and answers all participants’ questions. Obtain written informed consent from caregivers and verbal assent from children. Conduct interviews and administers surveys to participants. Collect breathing measurements (spirometry, eNO), height/weight, and saliva samples from child/adolescent participant. Work with children/adolescents to assure comfort with and accuracy of data collection. Maintain subject documentation, including memorandums and letters. Provide enrollment updates at weekly study meeting, and provide updates daily to study coordinators and asthma coordinator

Ensure timely follow-up data collection for the research studies. Conduct telephone and in-person follow-up surveys with participants (in English and Spanish). Make sure that all follow-up surveys are conducted within a specific time frame. Collect breathing measurements (spirometry, eNO), height/weight, and saliva samples from child/adolescent participants. Conduct medical chart reviews to obtain additional study related data

Data collection, data entry, and data maintenance. Collect data from interviews and other sources from asthma studies. Perform on-site validity checks of data and obtains clarification as needed. Verify study related information and review subject records to ensure complete and accurate data. Enter data into database. Run simple reports from database. Conduct data cleaning procedures. Assist with database creation, edits and general maintenance.

Help to train and supervise student research assistants. Delegate tasks and reviews progress, provide feedback and additional training. Assist with bi-weekly student meetings to ensure students are informed of study tasks and understand priorities

Improves research team’s communication with participants, by speaking with children and caregivers in Spanish, as needed. Assist with creation and editing of Spanish documents.

Perform additional research duties as assigned by study coordinator including; assisting with presentations, posters, manuscripts, literature reviews, general office duties, etc.


Requires one year of relevant post-high school education or equivalent and one-two years of related experience. Prefer Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with major course work in social or technical field. Requires fluency in both Spanish and English communication, verbally and in writing. Occasional evenings and weekends are required. Must have reliable/efficient transportation to travel to schools, homes, pediatric offices and other local sites.

In English and Spanish, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Must be flexible, empathetic, and able to engage effectively with diverse populations. Demonstrate efficiency in prioritizing assignments, as well as skill in proactively and independently resolving problems in the field, and recommending/implementing continuous quality improvements. Possess good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with Microsoft Access and REDCap is desirable.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Research Support Assistant

Location: School of Medicine & Dentistry

Job ID: 212073

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time