Research Assistant, Public Health Sciences, Social Sciences

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
November 9, 2020
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Research Assistant, Public Health Sciences, Social Sciences
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Research Assistant, Public Health Sciences, Social Sciences

Wake Forest Baptist Health is a pre-eminent academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest Baptist’s two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem – that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research that includes Wake Forest Innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery.

With investigators, directs and coordinates various aspects of the study/project directed toward planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination. Requires the use of judgment and discretion in performing the assigned duties and responsibilities related to the project. These actions establish precedents and direction for the project.  This position will manage the day-to-day scientific activities of an R01 research project, under the direction of the Principal Investigator Erin Sutfin, PhD, investigating health communication and waterpipe tobacco warnings

Research Assistants are classified as non-faculty full-time employees whose appointments are contingent upon extramural funding.


Under technical supervision from academic staff members, performs a variety of technical duties and investigations in support of research-oriented activities.


Master's degree with four years experience in a research or laboratory setting; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Function of Job

Assist with the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, writing and dissemination of the assigned project(s).  This position combines research management and academic research skills. This classification requires the use of judgment and discretion in performing the assigned duties and responsibilities related to the project.

Characteristic Work

1. Work with the PI and senior staff to coordinate the successful and timely completion of tasks that comprise the implementation, data collection and analysis phases of the project to include, but not be limited to planning, development, implementation, evaluation, writing, and dissemination of study findings.

2. Work with project PI or senior personnel to ensure that all aspects of the study are conducted in accordance with the study protocol and grant/contract. Ensure that all study activities comply with state and federal regulations and guidelines, as well as all requirements of the Medical School and University.

3. Train and instruct study personnel about research procedures and protocols. Also, troubleshoot specialized equipment and apparatus as required for the performance of research activities.

4. Participate in site visits when appropriate (e.g., for multi-site studies).

5. Participate in the preparation of progress reports and monitoring quality control.

6. Assist in preparation of posters for study/project(s), and in preparation of posters for national and local scientific meetings.

7. Attend and participate in meetings related to the planning, operation, and evaluation of the study/project, as needed.

8.  Perform literature reviews and write summaries.

9.  Contribute to the writing of scientific papers for publication from study results.

10.  Participate in the writing of new/additional grant proposals.

11. Assist with the budget preparation for new grants and/or projects.

12. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Supervision Received and Given

1. Oral and/or written instructions are received from supervising faculty or senior research staff.

2. Provide direction/guidance to support staff.


Additional Departmental Qualifications

1. Demonstrated knowledge of scientific principles.

2. Strong computer skills.

3. Strong communication skills.

4. At least one letter of recommendation from faculty.


Additional Desirable Qualifications

1. Supervisory ability.

2. Prior research experience.

3. Experience beyond the minimum required.

4. Teaching experience.

5. Public speaking experience.

6. Prior participation in the preparation of grant proposals.

7. Peer reviewed publications and/or oral or poster presentations at national meetings.

Generic Job Description


1.  Obtains data in support of research-oriented activities by conducting physical, chemical, or biological tests, experiments, determinations, and observations.

2.  Designs, develops, and constructs specialized instruments, equipment and apparatus as required for performance of research activities.

3.  Assists in the development of new research procedures and techniques.

4.  Operates various electronic devices in the collection, tabulation, and calculation of data.

5.  Assists in training new personnel, conducts performance reviews on assigned lab employees, and creates work schedules.

6.  Assists with planning and presenting classroom instructions and lectures.

7.  Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  • Demonstrates knowledge of scientific principles
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Ability to prepare grant proposals with minimal supervision
  • Peer reviewed publications, plus oral or poster presentations at national meetings

Clean, comfortable, office environment

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-6464.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

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