Research Assistant I - School of Public Health

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Research Assistant I - School of Public Health

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Central Houston, Texas

Category: Research

UTHealth Houston School of Public Health

Requisition #: 24000008

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.

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:

The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research is seeking a part-time (50%) Research Assistant living in Houston to assist with the implementation and evaluation of MINDSETPlus, an epilepsy decision support web-based program to enhance self-management behavior for patients and providers. The position is open to both MPH and Doctoral level students. This position may involve contact with human subjects or access to data derived from human subjects. Certification of required education on the protection of human research participants must be completed and submitted within 5 days of effective date of employment.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Assist in coordination and organization of efficacy testing protocols in a pilot trial of the MINDSETPlus program.

  2. Liaise with field staff in monitoring study activities.

  3. Assist in research activities including assisting in data entry, tracking, and reporting results.

  4. Assist in data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) of pilot testing results.

  5. Assist with preparation and writing of reports, manuscripts and presentations, as well as providing literature reviews and other support for manuscripts and grant proposals.

  6. Coordinate weekly (e.g. WebEx) virtual meetings with EF National, clinic, and UT Health teams.

  7. Attend in-person weekly project meetings in Houston with UTHealth faculty and staff

  8. Performs additional tasks as needed


General knowledge of research fields.


  • Bilingual English / Spanish is preferred (experience in back translation of protocols or medically related content is desirable).

  • Interest in computer applications related to behavioral health and able to prepare tablet computers for field use.

  • Previous research experience is desirable

  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

  • Good planning, organization and time management skills

  • Be a team player who also demonstrates independent thinking

  • Able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines

  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

  • Willingness to work weekends and weeknights when required

Minimum Education:

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


Master's or doctoral level degree in Public Health

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience.


One year of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment.

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.

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.

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