Research Assistant III - Part-Time - Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Research Assistant III - Part-Time - Austin, TX

Location: Austin, Texas

Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 240001HQ

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Part-Time Research Assistant III position with UTHealth School of Public Health - Austin, TX.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

This Research Assistant III position will provide support for the implementation of a rapid landscape assessment of physical activity needs and opportunities in the Travis County area of Texas. This community health assessment is being led by Dr. Andrew Springer, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Austin, Texas, in partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Prevention and Control Platform. Findings from this project aim to inform community health promotion planning efforts for the Travis County area. This is a 50%-time position, (20 hrs./week) expected to begin June 2024 and last through August 2024 contingent upon performance and availability of funds.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Plans and implements research activities according to research protocols. Research activities may include some or all of the following: key informant recruiting and screening; field interviewer recruiting, screening and training; conducting a content analysis of existing needs assessments and writing up findings; conducting a scoping review of the literature on community-based strategies for physical activity promotion; conducting key informant interviews and leading qualitative data analysis and write-up of findings; and assisting with other tasks as assigned.

  2. Makes independent decisions as required, which may impact research team or assigned project.

  3. Maintains accurate and timely records which may include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.

  4. Assists with identifying type and quality of supplies needed for research project to ensure cost effectiveness and ensure smooth operations.

  5. May monitor laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects.

  6. May maintain clean laboratory equipment and/or work area to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

  7. Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department. Participates in continuing education programs, seminars, and workshops.

  8. May provide guidance and training of laboratory technicians, field interviewers, research subjects, support staff and/or other assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high-quality results.

  9. May provide updates to P.I. regarding research progress.

  10. Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.

  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Certification/Skills:

Advanced knowledge of concepts of research field assigned.

Previous experience with community health assessment related to physical activity promotion preferred.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field of science or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

Two (2) years of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment.

May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects. This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

https://www.uth.edu/benefits/

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.