Research Assistant I - Casual - Brownsville, TX

Brownsville, TX

Research Assistant I - Casual - Brownsville, TX

Location: Brownsville, Texas

Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 240001OU

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.

Casual Research Assistant I position with the UTHealth School of Public Health in Brownsville, 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:

Under close direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support research projects.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Responsible for preparing and delivering Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) sessions for the participants according to protocol.

  2. Encourage community members to participate in the project and maintain contact with program participants.

  3. Responsible for accurately collecting and recording data from participants according to protocol.

  4. Participate in all measurement sessions, collect, record accurate data, and evaluate and interpret research data to provide needed information to the program manager and other researchers. Updates notebooks, records, and databases as needed.

  5. Stay abreast of new and updated protocols for the research department.

  6. May be required to assist in and prepare for Nutrition & Mind (Behavior Change) sessions, and/or Exercise sessions, and/or Parent/Caregiver Discussion sessions for the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it! (MEND) Program.

  7. Maintain an open channel of communication with the program manager and coordinator and communicate study participants’ questions and/or concerns.

  8. Communicate with other organizations’ professionals, project field specialists, and project leaders about the program’s objectives and progress.

  9. Travel to the different class locations in the Rio Grande Valley and being able to work some evenings and weekends are required.

  10. Maintaincleanequipmentand/orworkareatoensureasafeandefficientworkenvironment.

  11. Comply with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulations, andcodes.

  12. Perform other duties asassigned.


General knowledge of research fields.


Bilingual –English and Spanish

General knowledge of researchfields.

Background in health promotion, nutrition, exercise science, fitness, or related field

Background in working with adults and children, group-work with adults

Group facilitation skills and experience, especially with youth and families

Ability to motivate and inspire individuals and groups

Strong organizational skills

Ability to be punctual and flexible

Current CPR/First Aid certification

Minimum Education:

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

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly 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.

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