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Senior Scientific Assistant

Washington State University

This is a Full-time position in Spokane, WA posted March 31, 2021.

Senior Scientific Assistant Title:1160-NN
– Scientific Assistant Senior Business Title:Senior Scientific Assistant Location:WSU SPOKANE CAMPUS Employee Type:Admin.

Professional (+) (Fixed Term) Job Family:Administrative Professional
– Not OT Eligible Position Details: Summary of Duties: Works alongside the project Principal Investigator (PI) on National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industry funded research grants involving multiple performance sites and community partners.

The majority of duties will be focused on studies investigating experimental 1) technology, 2) behavioral, and 3) pharmaceutical interventions for substance use disorders and related health problems (e.g., infectious disease). The Senior Scientific Assistant performs human subjects research including the design of research approaches and identifying and defining research problems, consenting and interacting with participants, collect, analyze and interpret research data, ensure quality control, make improvement to techniques and interpretation, deposit data into secure NIH databases, prepare journal publications and progress reports, direct daily laboratory operations, construct and review study protocols, IRB documents, measures, electronic data capture systems, and other documentation necessary for studies, and conduct general laboratory organization.

This position requires close collaboration with both the NIH and an industry partners in the development of novel technologies and interventions and will be responsible for at least two clinical trials. Essential Duties: 50% Study Design and Management • Collaborates with the project Principal Investigator (PI) on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research grant involving multiple performance sites and community partners.

The majority of duties will be focused on complex studies investigating interventions for substance use disorders and related health problems.• Independently represent the research team to community partners.• Works with a collaborative team of interdisciplinary high-level researchers and clinicians in the implementation of several research studies including recruitment and intervention.• Is the primary support to the PI in the development and design of research projects, protocols, experiments, techniques and procedures to improve the techniques used in study procedures.

Independently identifies, defines, and solves research method and project implementation problems in substance abuse interventions, working with community health clinics and hospitals.• Analyze and evaluate current methodologies and modify or adapt to fit research project goals.• Oversees all essential research budgets, sub
– awards and subcontracts; review and approve invoices and financial reports.• Develops a study implementation plan designed to ensure project timelines are met; engaging and working with community partners in research activities; resolving problems as they arise and taking action to ensure adherence to protocol requirements.

Is accountable for effective study implementation.• Identifies, defines, and solves research method and project implementation problems in contingency management interventions, working with community mental health partnerships.• Supervises and conducts internal audits of data and participant documents to be shared between the investigator and study sponsors, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and other relevant governing bodies and partners. 25% Research and Laboratory Operations and Coordination • Independently conduct highly complex field/laboratory research by applying established or modified methods.• Is accountable for daily laboratory operations.• Provides supervision over study procedures for recruiting, intervening, and collecting and summarizing data as needed.• Reviews and assesses study data and utilizes study data to prepare Institutional Review Board applications, modifications and status reports.• Maintain regulatory compliance and reporting.• Analyzes project data to ensure that projects comply with all requirements of the WSU Human Subjects Review Board.

Prepares and analyzes data for technical reports and for presentation to sponsoring agencies as needed.• Autonomously oversees the development of forms, questionnaires, and scoring systems for several studies; and analyzes data to design and write technical reports including data dictionaries, data handling procedures, and data flow diagrams.• Develops research designs, data collection methods, and strategies for data management and communicates these strategies to research staff and community partners.

Holds accountability to ensure protocols and strategies are adhered to.• Support the development of program and project ideas and preparing proposals and marketing materials to obtain collaboration, participation, support and funding. 10% Data Management • Develops and monitors a system for tracking data operational issues, challenges, and/or problems and work directly with Information Technology (IT) staff to resolve problems as they arise.

Holds accountability for established data management being performed properly.• Designs data collection strategies and databases for several projects.• Oversee the transfer of data across sites and maintain data security and restricted access to the data.• Establish and implement data collection, cleaning and quality control procedures for multiple projects.• Evaluate research data from multiple sites to ensure quality control.

Is accountable for data quality.• Assists in the writing of scientific papers and manuscripts summarizing study findings including manuscripts or presentations at scientific conferences, as well as the preparation of routine programmatic progress reports.• Prepares and delivers reports on study progress to PI.• Provides direction to research staff concerning project related tasks such as gathering information for annual reports, creating PowerPoint presentations and proofreading reports, publications and other documents. 10% Supervision, Leading and Training • Supervise, lead, train, and advise other research personnel, support staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and temporary employees.• Develop training material and written instructions for study procedures and ensures that all research staff, including contracted field staff in Washington and other states, is trained, knowledgeable, and aware of studies/projects, protocol, and confidentiality.• Accountable for training of personnel supporting the research.• Direct the daily responsibilities of employees to ensure timely completion of research activities, providing support as needed and coordinating all logistical efforts.• Train, and direct the work of, undergraduate and graduate students during in vivo experimentation, laboratory procedures, and data analysis and records management.• Facilitate opportunities for research personnel to meet the training requirements for the responsible conduct of research with human subjects.• Schedule and report hours of work.• Establish goals for work to be performed, monitor work completed, report progress/problems.• Evaluate performance and collaborate with HRS on addressing any performance issues or concerns.• Participate in making hiring recommendations. 5% Other • Other duties as assigned Required Qualifications: A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and four (4) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience.

A PhD in a scientific or engineering field may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required work experience. Additional Requirements: • Experience in human subjects research.• Experience managing/overseeing the work of others.• Experience managing research studies.• Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite products.• Experience developing, managing, and maintaining electronic databases.• Willing to work evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the needs of the project.• Experience preparing documentation for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).• Experience preparing technical reports.• A valid driver’s license and insurance is required at time of hire. Preferred Qualifications: • PhD degree in relevant field.• Experience consenting participants for human subject research.• Experience working with people with substance use disorders, and/or related health problems such as infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.• Experience with data collection instruments (e.g., REDCap) and/or other databases (e.g., Amazon web services).• Experience authoring professional presentations or manuscripts. Additional Information: Area/College: College of MedicineDepartment Name: Analytics and PsychoPharmacology Laboratory (APPL)City, State, Zip: Spokane, WA 99202Department Link: https://labs.wsu.edu/appl/Monthly Salary: $3,957-$5,361 commensurate with education and experienceFTE: 1.0Permanent/Temporary/Project: Temporary Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end on April 30, 2022.

Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.Screening Begin Date: March 25, 2021Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check. Application Instructions: Applicants must attach 1) resume and 2) cover letter to their online application.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application. The screening of applications will begin March 25, 2021 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. Requi

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