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Research Assistant/Analyst

Job Summary
The Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) is looking for a strong candidate who is interested in being a member of a research team dedicated to doing their part in solving today’s opioid epidemic.

This available position is for a Research Assistant/Analyst who will work on federally funded trials of mindfulness-based therapy for chronic pain, opioid misuse, and addiction (Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, see https://drericgarland.com/about-m-o-r-e/), and other adjunctive therapies (e.g., neurofeedback, virtual reality, ketamine assisted psychotherapy) The research assistant/analyst will be responsible for the conduct of clinical and biobehavioral research. The research assistant/analyst will recruit, enroll, and assess patients with multiple comorbidities, including chronic pain, mental health disorders, and substance use disorders.

The Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND) was established in May 2017 at the University of Utah with the following mission: to develop, test, optimize, and disseminate mindfulness and other integrative health interventions by translating discoveries from basic biobehavioral science into solutions for health and society. C-MIIND’s research efforts target complex, comorbid chronic health and mental health problems (chronic pain, opioid misuse, obesity, depression, addiction, etc.) that have not yet been solved by traditional medical approaches.

Ultimately, the Center strives to advance a vision of a new model of healthcare, in which behavioral health experts work in tandem with medical providers to address the physical, psychological, and social needs of people afflicted by an array of disorders and illnesses. The synergy generated by such integrative efforts will alleviate suffering and promote human flourishing to a degree unrealized in previous eras of health care reforms.

Responsibilities
    • Recruits participants via phone calls and in-person recruiting
    • Explains and obtains informed consent, medical history and demographics
    • Conducts research assessments, which include structured assessments of psychological symptoms, cognitive tasks, and psychophysiological measures
    • Processes, cleans, and enters data into study databases
    • Maintains study databases
    • Follow-up contacts with research participants to help retain them in the studies and prevent study attrition.
    • Maintain contact with IRB and prepare and submit IRB documents as needed.

 

 
Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a Social or Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts, or a field related to the area of research, or equivalency; one year of experience in research and analytical techniques; demonstrated statistical and quantitative analysis experience; and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills required.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferences
Clinical trial experience involving direct patient contact; psychophysiological research experience; experience on federal research grants (e.g., NIH, DOD); experience working with chronic pain, mental health, and/or substance abuse.
IRB CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research subjects certificate obtained within three months of hire.

 

For more information or to apply, visit https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/137717

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Last Updated: 9/19/22