Job Description

HS Research Assistant

Requisition IDreq11464
Working TitleHS Research Assistant
Position Grade06
Position Summary

The Department of Pediatrics and the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking a full-time candidate, who is detailed-oriented and results-driven, to join our team as a Community Health Researcher for a new and unique opportunity. The University of New Mexico was recently awarded a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to design and test individual-level (i.e., educational and behavioral) and systems-level interventions to enhance screening for cancers of the breast, colon-rectum, and cervix. This position will be based at the Zuni Health Initiative office located on the Zuni Pueblo. The position will be responsible for the recruitment of study participants, design and implementation of the intervention(s), and the day-to-day oversight of the project.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Implement and execute the study protocol, and oversee all aspects of the data collection and data management, in compliance with the protocol requirements

2. Implement and oversee all aspects of the delivery of educational interventions

3. Contribute to the development and implementation of protocols, procedures and techniques

4. Recruit, evaluate, and instruct research participants

5. Recruit, instruct, and oversee student research employees and volunteers

6. Develop logistics and research flow sheet (recruitment, data collection, data management, educational sessions)

7. Interact regularly with faculty and project coordinator regarding the individual project(s) and provide reporting as required

8. Complete start-up initiatives as required by the individual project(s)

The ideal candidate will exhibit the following characteristics:

1. Ability to effectively adapt to changing priorities

2. Ability to effectively recruit and enroll participants to the study

3. Ability to multitask

4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at

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Conditions of Employment
  • A valid New Mexico driver's license will be required if a motor vehicle must be operated on the job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED; no previous experience required.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

· Member of the Zuni Pueblo

· Reside in the Zuni Pueblo

· Work in the Zuni Pueblo

· Ability to communicate effectively in Shiwi’ma

· Ability to commute to UNM HSC Campus when necessary

Additional RequirementsFinalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

Applicants must provide names of 3 past or present supervisors as references that the hiring official can contact.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentResearch Administration (099K)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date1 year from date of hire
Pay$9.96 - $13.95
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date1/2/2020
Application InstructionsAPPLICANT: Please complete the official application; making sure to include all prior work experience and average hours worked per week. Attach your Current Resume; listing three former or current Supervisor References. Attach your Cover Letter that details how your experience matches the position as described above; including any Preferred Qualifications.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

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