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Research Assistant in Murphy, NC at Headway Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 10/16/2018

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Job Description

On behalf of RTI International, Headway Workforce Solutions is currently seeking a Research Assistant to provide field and administrative support for data collection and other project work conducted as part of the Southern Appalachia Test, Link, Care (SATLC) project. Through SATLC, a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded project, we aim to develop and support sustainable local prevention and treatment infrastructure for people who inject drugs in rural North Carolina.

Job Description:
The Research Assistant will be assigned to prepare for and conduct data collection operations in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The RA will ensure that data is collected according to specific project protocols and procedures, and that assignments are conducted in a professional manner.

This position is full time, Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, offering $12.50- $17.50/hr depending on experience. SATLC is set to last through July 2019, with a possible extension through 2021. Travel is required for project related purposes, and applicants must have a personal, reliable automobile, and the ability to track mileage for reimbursement.

Job Requirements:

  • Comfortably and respectfully interact with people who inject drugs
  • Accurately and efficiently enter and retrieve data on the project-specific data management system
  • Screen individuals for entry into the study; issue and track documentation related to participants
  • Orient participants to the computerized questionnaire (ACASI technology) and assist participants who encounter technical difficulties with the data collection interface or related computer equipment
  • Perform daily checks for project-specific data accuracy and protocol adherence
  • Promptly report problems with the protocol, the field site, or any other aspect of the study; constructively and pro-actively correct problems in collaboration with their supervisor and other team members
  • Reliably submit project forms/materials, as well as time and expense reports on schedule
  • Make a positive first impression on potential participants inquiring about the study and demonstrate respect and appreciation for all participants
  • MUST maintain a professional attitude and confidentiality at all times
  • Assist with other research duties as needed


  • High School or GED required; some college preferred
  • Fluent in English; bilingual a plus
  • Experienced using Microsoft Office programs including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Must satisfactorily complete project training program
  • Non-judgmental attitude toward people who use drugs
  • Ability to remain alert for errors in data entry or other procedures, and can take steps to correct issues as they arise
  • Work closely with other project team members, field site partners, and participants to schedule appointments, conduct intake, coordinate biological sample collection, and ensure that participant questions and concerns are addressed
  • Ability to meet performance expectations in areas of efficiency, quality, response rates, and schedule

Physical Requirements:

  • Effectively communicate through speech and listening
  • Able to carry project-related equipment (approximately 15 pounds)
  • Adapt to various factors including social environments, temperature, weather, and odors which may be encountered during data collection

Headway Workforce Solutions provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Headway Workforce Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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