The UChicago Health Lab is seeking a Research Assistant in LaSalle County to support a large-scale research project focused on improving access to high-quality, evidence-based addiction treatment for people with opioid misuse and OUD in justice settings. This position will be a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the opioid crisis in justice settings and to strengthen both interpersonal and research skills. The position will be part-time for up to 20 hours per week. Research Assistants will regularly report to the respective study site of the research project, in this case, the LaSalle County Jail, and will work closely with justice setting staff within a jail setting to recruit and enroll participants. The Research Assistant will also work with Urban Labs staff on project-related needs and will report directly to the projectâ™s Research Manager. The position is based outside of Chicago, but travel to Chicago may be expected on very rare occasions. For more information, please contact Mary Shapley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergo training in the responsible conduct of research.
Participate in training in opioid use disorders and the justice system.
Recruit and enroll study participants at study site; explain study, risks, benefits, and consent.
Administer structured surveys.
Maintain confidential data collection and management.
Data entry, reviewing, and cleaning.
Participate in weekly check-ins with the Project Coordinator and monthly group phone calls.
Administrative tasks as needed.
Strong interpersonal skills are required.
Adhere to strict data/security policies, including the maintenance and handling of PII/PHI and maintain confidentiality.
Background working with vulnerable populations.
Knowledge around substance use disorders.
Some level of research experience and data/programming experience, particularly REDCap, desirable.
Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving and learning are required.
Work independently and as part of a team required.
Strong attention to detail with superb organization skills required.
Spanish language skills desirable.
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
High School Diploma or GED required
Progress towards a degree in a social science discipline such as public health, social work, public policy, etc.
Knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Direct patient or client contact.
Work in justice setting (jail or prison).
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