Job no: 545822
Entity: MUSC University
Department: COLLEGE OF MEDICINE - COM-Psychiatry
Sub Department: UNIV-2262600-Addiction Sciences Division
Work type: Full-Time
Employee Type: UNIV - Research Grant
Location: Charleston, SC
Categories: Research
Pay scale: UNIV-Band 4: $29,061.00 - $41,415.00 - $53,769.00 (min - mid - max)FLSA: 

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Job Summary: The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is seeking a Program Assistant for the Addiction Sciences Division. The candidate will work on a group of research studies within MUSC’s Youth Collaborative that focus on evaluating treatments for youth alcohol and cannabis use disorder. The candidate will assist the Principal Investigators (Drs. Kevin Gray and Lindsay Squeglia) in the recruitment of research participants, the collection of psychological and biological research data, data entry, and organizational tasks. Primary duties include the coordination of a study testing cannabidiol (CBD) as a possible medication to treat alcohol use disorder. The candidate will be directly involved in the collection of questionnaire, interview, laboratory, and other research data related to ongoing and future research studies. After-hours and weekend work are required. Travel around the local Charleston area may also be required.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 4: $28,216.00 - $40,210.00 - $52,204.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties: 

  • 25% - The Program Assistant will coordinate and assist with tracking of all research participants, which includes recruitment, screening, and scheduling of research participants. Manage scheduling of medical personnel for research study visits when necessary. Participate in weekly research team meetings. - (Essential)
  • 25% - Conduct study visits, including performing diagnostic interviews consisting of structured clinical interviews and other related instruments. Document participant assessment data in research records. Study visits after regular work hours (evenings, weekends, lesser holidays) may be required to accommodate participants’ schedules for visit completion and/or recruitment activities. - (Essential)
  • 10% - Assists with functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging sessions and data transfer. - (Essential)
  • 10% - Enter data into a computerized database and manage ongoing organization of patient data files. - (Essential)
  • 10% - Initiate and maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation as required by FDA, Institutional Review Board, study sponsors, and Good Clinical Practice Guidelines in connection with research trials. - (Essential)
  • 10% - Collection and testing of biological samples (urine, blood, saliva, breathalyzer). - (Essential)
  • 5% - Scrutinize on an ongoing basis the effectiveness of study procedures and suggest changes in procedures when indicated. - (Essential)
  • 5% - Maintain research supplies and monitor and arrange for periodic calibration of laboratory equipment. - (Essential)

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma and two years relevant program experience. A bachelor's degree may be substituted for the required program experience.

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills: A bachelor’s degree in psychology, premed, neuroscience, biology, nursing, or other life sciences or health care field is preferred. Prior research experience in a lab, knowledge of REDCap data entry, management, reporting tools, interviewing research participants, conducting structured clinical interviews, neuropsychological tests and collecting biospecimens not required but valued. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience working with adolescents and emerging young adults (ages 13-25). Excellent verbal communication and problem-solving skills. Attention to detail and the ability to work independently and assure accuracy. The ability to collect, organize, and analyze information in a clear and concise manner. Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as these are the times young adults are typically available to participate in the studies.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent) Ability to work indoors. (Continuous) Ability to work outdoors in all weather and temperature extremes. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Infrequent) Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent) Ability to squat and perform job functions. (Infrequent) Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Infrequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. (Frequent) Ability to reach in all directions. (Frequent) Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous) Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous) Ability to lift and carry 15 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lift objects, up to 15 lbs., from floor level to height of 36 inches, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to lower objects, up to 15 lbs., from height of 36 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to push/pull objects, up to 15 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent) Ability to maintain 20/20 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Frequent) Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Frequent) Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Frequent) Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous) Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous) Ability to hear and/or understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet. (Frequent) Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Frequent) Ability to work in dusty areas. (Infrequent)

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.


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