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Class Code: 323M
Category: Health Care


Coordinate the operations of clinical, biomedical and/or behavioral research studies involving human subjects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, coordinate the operations of research studies involving human subjects and requiring the application of knowledge and skills specific to the study. Coordinate, schedule and monitor research activities and subject participation. Interpret and apply protocol; conduct interviews, administer tests and record observations; coordinate the management of study data; monitor data to maintain quality control; summarize study results and prepare reports.

Typical Work

Recruit, interview and screen potential subjects and determine eligibility according to established criteria;

Assist in establishing and maintaining contact with community agencies, health care providers and/or study sponsors; inform sponsors of current status; refer participants to community service agencies as appropriate;

Maintain adherence to research protocols and verify accuracy of research study data;

Extract technical, medical and/or behavioral information from institution or clinical records;

Interpret and record subject behaviors using observation codes, rating scales, questionnaires or standardized assessments;

Collect data in a variety of settings such as institutions, clinical settings and/or subjects' homes;

Record behavior of participants using sound and video-tape equipment; transcribe and summarize data recorded from audio and video-taped meetings;

Dispense and retrieve medication under the direction of a licensed health care practitioner; maintain drug accountability records;

Assist in the review of medication schedules and modify schedules as needed; inform participants schedule changes;

Assist in modification of procedures for collecting and summarizing data;

Use statistical and database management programs to analyze data and prepare summary narrative reports, graphs, tables, charts and illustrations;

Assist in developing a computerized system for tracking study participants; monitor data quality control to ensure adherence to study protocol;

Assist in the preparation of human subjects applications, consent forms and progress reports for institutional review board;

May administer psychological/neuropsychological or other test batteries;

May direct the work of assigned staff;

Perform the duties of a Research Study Assistant;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of college level course work in a relevant academic area AND two years of experience as a Research Study Assistant


equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 2-7-92
New class code, formerly 4868, effective July 1, 2007.