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The Waddell Research Group at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) is seeking a Clinical Research Assistant 2 for the Oregon site of the NIH HEAL/NIDA funded clinical trial Long-acting buprenorphine vs. naltrexone opioid treatments in CJS-involved adults (Exit CJS) study (1U01DA047982-01, MPI: Waddell). In Oregon, the project is being implemented in the Clackamas County Jail, with additional community recruitment in Washington County, OR. Clinical study visits are implemented by CODA and the Clackamas County Health Centers. This is an in-person position, and carries similar risks as those assumed by corrections medical staff and community health center staff. Appropriate PPE are provided to all study staff and project participants. The primary job location will be split between Oregon City and Portland, with limited opportunity for remote work.
Waddell Research Group Overview
The Waddell Research Group works on projects at the intersection of public health and public safety. The values of the School of Public Health guide our community-engaged education, research, scholarly, and service activities. The SPH believes in:
Inclusion: promoting diversity, equity, and cultural humility in our institutions and communities
Innovation: uniting the strengths of our two institutions through creative education, research, and sustained community engagement
Integration: connecting perspectives, strategies, and methods across institutions, disciplines, and communities
Integrity: practicing ethical principles, transparency, and empathy
Impact: advancing health, justice, and social equity in our city, state, and the world
Located in the brand new Vanport Building on the Portland State University Campus, the Waddell Research Group specializes in evaluations of policy changes and interventions serving populations with complex needs. We are affiliated with the OHSU School of Medicine's Addiction Medicine Section and collaborate with national leaders in addiction research through the Western States Node (WSN) of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network housed at OHSU and Stanford University. Nationally, we lead Oregon's participation in the NIDA Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN). Locally, we support multiple state- and federally-funded initiatives to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and mental health services.
Partners include Comagine Health, CODA, OSU College of Pharmacy, Clackamas County Jail and Community Corrections, Washington County Jail, the Oregon Department of Corrections, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Oregon Health Authority, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Function/Duties of Position
The Clinical Research Associate will be supervised by the project's lead research coordinator and Director of Protocol Implementation and managed by the Research Project Manager. This person in this role will exercise judgment in taking independent actions, including problem solving when challenges arise. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Pre-screening and consenting participants for study participation;
Collecting all pre-release data required by the protocol;
Entering data into the protocol database;
Maintaining contact with participants; and
Scheduling and conducting post-release follow-up research visits and other duties as needed.
The Clinical Research Assistant 2 will collaborate with jail security and health services staff to manage participant flow from housing areas to health services for study appointments, and collaborate with community corrections and county health services staff to manage participant flow post release.
Travel to research sites in Oregon City and Washington County will be necessary. The primary work location will be split between Oregon City and Portland, with limited opportunity for remote work.
Bachelor's in relevant field OR Associate's AND 2 years of relevant experience OR 3 years of relevant experience OR Equivalent combination of training and experience
Previous work collecting research data on human subjects' protocol(s)
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to collaborate productively with colleagues from diverse socioeconomic and political backgrounds
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Ability to work independently
Valid Oregon Driver's License
2 years human subjects research experience
Experience working in criminal justice system, e.g., courts, jail, prison, community corrections, juvenile justice
Working knowledge of Substance Use Disorders across the continuum of care including prevention, treatment, and recovery
Working knowledge of Mental Health diagnoses and co-occurring disorders (SUD and Mental Health disorders)
The Clinical Research Associate must be able to pass a background check to work unescorted in county jail, and be comfortable working within a locked facility.
A valid Oregon Driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle is also required for this position
Office/telework five days per week; travel within the Portland Metro Area and national meetings; ability to work at a desk and on computer for up to 8 hours a day
Ability to travel to different locals for research appointments
Please upload your CV/resume and a cover letter to be considered for this position.
All are welcome
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