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Research Assistant - Medical Support

The National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is the nation's leading simulator facility doing research on new automotive technology and driving safety. The Drugged Driving Research Group at the NADS is currently looking for temporary staff members certified to do blood draws available to assist with an upcoming clinical trial using cannabis.

NADS is seeking a part-time clinical research assistant to fill in data collection gaps for an upcoming clinical trial looking at a cannabis impairment detection application. Part-time hourly position. Hours per week will most often be 8-16 hours, yet up to 40 hours is possible some weeks. Shifts will fall approximately 7:00am-3:00pm. Days of the week each week will vary based on subject and staff needs. Shifts range in length from 6-8 hours and could fall on any of the seven days of the week, but the greatest need is for Mondays, Fridays, and weekends. Position duration is up to twelve months. Start date is in August of 2020 for training purposes, with clinical shifts beginning shortly after hire. Must be able to draw blood via single butterfly stick and monitor subject vitals and general well-being during all study visits.

Candidates must have or be able to obtain upon hiring IRB certification, HIPAA certification, bloodborne pathogen certification, and good clinical practice certification. Responsibilities include screening potential participants through physical and psychological evaluation (as needed and signed off on by physician), assisting in consent, prepping study supplies, administering questionnaires, doing blood draws via butterfly needle, collecting saliva samples, urine drug/pregnancy screening, application of a simplified EEG, coding data, study clean-up, taking notes on study drives, monitoring subject safety, and generally interacting with subjects during their visit. Other responsibilities possible based upon skill set. Data for this project is captured via REDCap and applicants must be comfortable entering data quickly and accurately via electronic methods.

Applicants must be comfortable working one on one with people, be able to precisely follow instructions, understand the importance of confidentiality/privacy, be comfortable working on tablets and laptops, and must be available as described above. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and be able to pass University of Iowa fleet safety standards for driving University vehicles, which requires a clean driving record. Prior research experience working with human subjects is a plus.

As part of COVID-19 precautions, applicants must be comfortable wearing both a face mask and a face shield for the duration of their shift (up to 8 hours) during data collection. The nature of the protocol does not permit social distancing as most interactions with research subjects would be done in very close proximity.

Questions can be directed to Rose Schmitt at

The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa is currently seeking qualified, enthusiastic people to fill the following positions and join our team of researchers and faculty.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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