Position Summary

The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health is seeking applicants for a full-time Research Assistant position. The Research Assistant will work under the direction of Cara Hamann, PhD, on a NIH-funded research project to evaluate the impact of a bicycle safety education program, a community campaign to reduce farm-vehicle roadway crashes, as well as other projects. The position requires in-state travel for participant recruitment and enrollment, partner engagement, and other study activities. Typical work hours are expected to be M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm. Some evening and weekend hours are expected.


The Research Assistant will conduct various aspects of day-to-day research project management, including administrative functions, maintenance and oversight of data collection instruments and procedures, management of recruitment and screening instruments and procedures, enrollment and tracking of subjects, data collection and electronic entry, data management and analysis, monitoring project progress, preparation of reports, educational intervention delivery, and study equipment maintenance.


Key Areas of Responsibilities    Specific Job Duties and Tasks



•      Assist with educational intervention delivery

•      Assist with the development of a community-level rural road safety toolkit and provide training on the toolkit activities

•      Assist in preparing publications and presentations

•      Develop summary reports for study participants

•      Assist in grant proposal-writing

•      Conduct literature searches using common library databases (e.g., PubMed, Embase, Web of Science) and summarize the literature


Experiments, Investigations, Evaluations

•      Set up and operate research equipment, such as the PedalPortal video and GPS data collection system.

•      Recruit, consent and enroll research subjects in a variety of settings across Johnson County communities.

•      Oversee the execution screening and recruitment procedures

•      Oversee coordination of recruitment enrollment responsibilities among multiple research team members

•      Track progress of research activities.


Collect, Analyze and Summarize Data; Prepare Reports; Contribute to Manuscripts, Publications

•      Assist in coordinating and conducting qualitative (i.e. focus groups) and quantitative (i.e. statistical analysis) research methods

•      Assist with primary data collection, including updates and improvement to data collection instruments, as well as maintenance of data tracking system

•      Ensure fidelity to field data collection protocols

•      Monitor field data collection activity and quality

•      Monitor fidelity of educational intervention delivery

•      Perform data management and coding of qualitative and quantitative data


Administrative and Project Management

•      Assist in completing progress reports and other reporting documentation to the funding agency

•      Assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB), ClinicalTrails.gov, or similar protocol submissions and maintain applicable procedures

•      Assure safety and compliance; respond to compliance and safety violations

•      Supervise undergraduate and graduate students

•      Prepare agendas for weekly and bi-weekly project meetings

•      Manage project resources by maintaining organized and updated filing systems


Facilities and Equipment Management

•      Troubleshoot and resolve problems with equipment (e.g., computers, printers), office space and other facility-related issues


•      Manage daily study activities related to the study protocols; provide training and guidance to new and current staff regarding study protocols and activities


Required Qualifications

•      Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience (Master’s degree preferred)

•      Experience conducting clinical or social science research, preferably with human subjects.

•      Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

•      Ability to travel, valid US driving license and ability to meet the University of Iowa Fleet Safety Program driving standard.

•      Working knowledge of word processing (Word), database management (Microsoft Access, Qualtrics), spreadsheet (Excel), and/or presentation software (PowerPoint).

•      Interest in bicycling and pedestrian research and/or general traffic safety research.


Desirable Qualifications

•      Experience with basic qualitative research methods (i.e. focus groups) and quantitative research methods (i.e. statistical analysis)

•      Experience developing human subject IRB applications, protocols, and/or data collection instruments.

•      Experience with teaching and/or delivering educational programming

•      Demonstrated success in writing grant proposals and research manuscripts and/or presenting at conferences.

•      Experience with design, publishing, and/or visualization software programs (e.g., Publisher, Canva, Tableau)

•      Experience with GIS software and/or managing spatial data


Application Process:

In order to be considered, applicants must upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:


·         Resume

·         Cover Letter


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.


Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


For additional questions, please contact Michele Hogue, HR Generalist, by emailing michele-hogue@uiowa.edu.


Benefits Highlights:

Regular salaried position. Located in Iowa City, Iowa

Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans

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