The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Social Science/Humanities Research Associate III

Hiring department Nursing
Monthly salary $2,500+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Variable
Posting number 18-03-05-01-4007
Job Status Deleted
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Terminates on 03/31/2021
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin, TX (off-campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

We are seeking a self-directed learner who identifies as bright, motivated, detail oriented, hard-working and determined, and is able to work independently to help with all aspects of a research grant studying Alzheimer's patients with restless leg syndrome (RLS) with Dr. Kathy Richards.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


Serve as a Recruiter/Research Associate for a double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial, "Nighttime Agitation and Restless Legs Syndrome in People with Alzheimer's Disease" to determine if RLS treatment reduces nighttime agitation, improves sleep, reduces antipsychotic medications.

Essential Functions

Conduct subject recruitment and retention, obtaining informed consents, data collection and clinical visits in long-term care, assisted living, and independent living sites. Will carry-out appropriate research protocol procedures including data collection visits using Research Electronic Data Capture (RedCap). Will assist with nighttime observations for agitation and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) behaviors. Will need to complete training on Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR), Behavioral Indicators Test - Restless Leg (BIT-RL) and REDCap. In addition, will identify potential nursing home facilities that are appropriate for the Nighttime Agitation and Restless Legs Syndrome in People with Alzheimer's Disease (NightRest) study. Will contact and meet with facility administrators, answer questions about participation in the study, and obtain permission for their facility to be in the study. Will also interact with nursing home facility staff, residents and resident's family members and perform relevant duties to accomplish the research study goals. Will make recruitment presentations at the resident council meetings and obtain informed consent from residents and their legally authorized representatives. Will serve as a liaison between potential participants and their legally authorized representatives. Will develop appropriate business procedures to secure and process required documentation from the facility site directors and administrators with adherence to HIPPA protections. Will also secure letters of support from facilities and serve as the administrative representative for the research study and point of contact to facility and University officials in regards to forms, agreements and related business contracts.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree preferred, will consider licensed vocational nurse with extensive geriatric experience. Candidate must have extensive experience working with geriatric population (e.g., older adults in home and healthcare settings). Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle for transportation to data collection sites is required. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Must possess computer and organizational skills as all interactions and scheduling of research in the homes will be documented in an electronic database. Must work well in teams. Willingness to work hours outside of the normal work schedule based on needs (occasional evenings and weekends). Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience/knowledge of geriatric population in nursing homes and/or prior recruiting experience. Some experience in long term care facilities.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Visits to participants in long-term care facilities or homes days and/or nights. Will share office space with other staff.

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