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Research Associate

Wayne State University

Job Description

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Position Title
Research Associate  
Number of Vacancies
06 - School of Medicine  
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Jason H. Mateika PhD is an Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Internal Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Physiology at Wayne State University, and a Veterans Affairs Research Career Scientist. Dr. Mateika is presently funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health. He is seeking a Research Assistant interested in working on the following proposal. The proposal is designed to explore if repeated daily exposure to mild intermittent hypoxia enhances the impact of continuous positive airway pressure on co-morbidities (i.e. blood pressure and microvascular function) linked to sleep apnea in humans. He is seeking Research Assistants interested in this area. Ideally, the Research Assistant will have expertise in some of the duties listed below but training is available if that is not the case.
Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/ or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.
Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://wayne.edu/coronavirus.
Essential Functions (Job Duties)
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, provide scientific and technical assistance to
complete laboratory based, clinical or population science research. May assist in writing research protocols and in manuscript preparation. Design and perform research protocols independently or as directed through training in more difficult or specialized procedures to meet the needs of the research protocol.
Perform laboratory based scientific techniques or clinical/population science (human subjects) research. Design and perform experiments, recruit participants for studies by developing surveys and interviewing candidates. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist staff with experiments /research protocols as required. Communicate with principal investigator and Postdoctoral scholars/fellows on the status of research.
Collect and log laboratory results, clinical outcomes and/or survey data. Evaluate and perform data analysis using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated. Proofread and edit research data and documents to ensure accuracy.
Prepare and present presentations regarding research results for professional, scientific and academic conferences. Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.
Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Unique Duties
Recruiting Participants
Recruit from existing data bases and social media
Phone Interview
Filing Phone Interviews
Documenting and Returning Phone Calls
Consenting Participants
Prescreening measures (flow-volume loops, blood pressure, EKG
Consent form
Describe overall goal of the study coherently and simplistically
Describing equipment used to measure physiological variables
Describing risks associated with studies
Describing the schedule of visits (including the importance of being prompt and reliable)
Instructions to complete health and sleep questionnaires
Equipment Calibration and Data Collection
Prepare for wakefulness and sleep studies.
Calibrate software programs (Windaq and Labview)
Prepare Participants for Studies
Operate Computer during Studies
Documenting observations during study
Lab organization
Responsible for distributing 24 HR BP monitor and Actigraph Watch
Sleep Studies
Data Analysis
Flow Analysis
Neurocognitive measures
24 hour blood pressure measures
Metabolic analysis
Staging/Scoring of sleep
Education Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree in a related field of study, preferred. Requires advanced knowledge, predominantly intellectual in character, in a field of science or learning acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Experience Experienced (minimum 2 years of job-related experience)
Experience performing basic research techniques, preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently. Ability to analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results. Knowledge of scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.
Preferred Qualifications
Testing Requirements
Not Applicable  
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Research Assistants/Associates  

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