We have an opening in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School for a full-time research assistant (Research Professional I) to work as part of a team investigating how advanced technologies can be used to keep older adults healthy and living in their home as they age (AGING-WELL), using in-home sensor systems. This position is for a technical/clinical research assistant. Technical duties will include: setup and configuration of the in-home monitoring systems, maintaining and troubleshooting issues with in-home systems in participant homes, assisting with tests of new equipment. Clinical duties will include: administering diagnostic structured interviews of cognitive status and a battery of standardized neuropsychological and clinic based functional tasks/questionnaires to older adult participants, scoring neuropsychological tests and questionnaires, data entry/data verification in REDCap database, observing and rating participant proficiency on basic computer-based tasks, and leading computer training sessions for participants in their homes in order to achieve computer proficiency when needed.
Adriana Seelye, PhD is the lab Principal Investigator, and a faculty of the Minneapolis VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. AGING-WELL is being conducted within the Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The study is supported by a R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This position will be funded for 5 years.
Delivery and Installation of ORCATECH in-home monitoring systems (50%)
Unpack, set up, and configure in-home monitoring systems for deployment in research participant homes.
Maintain inventory for project, ensuring that new hardware is entered into the system when it arrives and that all equipment is properly signed out.
Install and maintain the in-home monitoring systems in participants homes, which involves troubleshooting both software and hardware, including wireless setup and configuration.
Explain research study to older adults and set up any necessary study equipment.
Telephone and in-person maintenance for study devices in participants’ homes.
Weekly monitoring of quality of in-home IADL data on the project’s server.
Administer diagnostic structured interviews of cognitive status, battery of neuropsychological and clinic based functional tasks/questionnaires (40%)
Consent participants, administer structured clinical interviews, standardized neuropsychological test measures and questionnaires to older adults.
Score neuropsychological tests and questionnaires.
Data entry/data verification/data management in REDCap database.
Observe and rate participant proficiency on basic computer-based tasks (10%)
Lead computer training sessions for a subset of participants in their homes to achieve basic computer skills proficiency
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Student loan forgiveness opportunity
Opportunities for growth and promotion
Employee Assistance Program
For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2018_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Bachelors (BA/BS) in a science or health-related field from an accredited college or university or a combination or related education and experience to equal four years.
Courses in research methods, psychology or allied health field, and/or technology field such as computer science.
Demonstrated strong computer skills/experience in Microsoft OS and productivity software.
Demonstrated critical thinking skills and the ability to learn and integrate new information quickly.
Demonstrated ability to speak and communicate clearly.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrate a high level of professionalism.
Willingness to interact patiently and respectfully with elderly research participants.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize work demands and manage time appropriately.
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to multitask.
Ability to carry and lift up to 40 pounds.
Ability to travel in government vehicle to participant homes within 30 miles of VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Prior research assistant experience is preferred (1-2 years).
Research or volunteer experience in a VA setting.
Research experience with Human Subjects.
Technology support experience.
Experience working with one or more of the following populations; older adults, military veterans, Somali/East African, Hmong/Southeast Asian, Indian or Hispanic individuals, is preferred.
Internal Number: 327713
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