University of Utah Staff Research Assistant in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 06/15/2017

Requisition Number PRN14526B

Job Title Staff Research Assistant

Working Title Staff Research Assistant

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 30-40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $12.00 to $17.31

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

This position is for a Staff Research Assistant to work on federally funded trials of mindfulness-based therapy for opioid-treated chronic pain patients (e.g., Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, see" The research assistant will be responsible for the conduct of clinical and biobehavioral research related to psychological treatments for chronic pain and prescription opioid-related problems. The research assistant will recruit, enroll, and assess patients with multiple comorbidities, including chronic pain, mental health disorders, and substance use disorders.


Recruits participants via phone calls and in-person recruiting; explains and obtains informed consent, medical history and demographics; conducts research assessments, which include structured assessments of psychological symptoms, cognitive tasks, and psychophysiological measures; processes, cleans, and enters data into study databases; maintains study databases; follow-up contacts with research participants to help retain them in the studies and prevent study attrition.

Maintain contact withIRBand prepare and submitIRBdocuments as needed.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

One year research experience or equivalency; demonstrated organizational and communication skills; and a commitment to provide excellent customer service required. An understanding of research protocols and procedures preferred.


Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or nursing; prior clinical trial experience involving direct patient contact; psychophysiological research experience; experience on federal research grants (e.g.,NIH,DOD); experience working with chronic pain and substance abuse.

IRBCITICourse in the Protection of Human Research subjects certificate obtained within six months of hire.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.