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Research Assistant - Regional (Texas/Illinois)

College of Science & Engineering

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Research Assistant - Regional (Texas/Illinois)

  • 499030
  • Academic Support / Research
  • Temporary
  • Opening at: Sep 13 2023 at 09:00 CDT
  • College of Science & Engineering

Job Summary:

The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting IBR principal investigators by carrying out research activities according to established research protocols. This job is 10-29 hrs/week, temporary position, and requires the successful applicant reside in or near one of the geographic areas where research activities are being conducted in Texas (e.g.,Williamson, Travis, Bexar, Victoria, Nueces and Harris Counties) or Illinois (e.g., Cook, Sangamon, and St. Clair). This will be an annual position ending in August 2025, with the potential for renewal.

Duties & Essential Job Functions:

1. Assists IBR investigators by participating in field-based recruiting, data collection, and intervention activities for a research study.
2. Recruits research participants and administers informed consent procedures according to established research protocols.
3. Administers baseline and follow-up surveys and manualized sessions according to research protocol.
4. Schedules research participants for survey and manualized sessions according to established scheduling guidelines and sends reminders for appointments.
5. Maintains research logs and other project paperwork following protocol for protection and transmittal of data.
6. Follows established research protocols for protecting confidentiality of participants and data.
7. Communicates frequently with project staff at TCU about study process.
8. Communicates frequently with agency staff in accordance with study protocols and guidelines for protection of participant confidentiality.
9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice) or related field.

Preferred Education & Experience:

• Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish.
• Experience or training in research activities.
• Experience or training in a behavioral health (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work), criminal justice, or child welfare-related field.

Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:

• None

Preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Specialized Training:

• MSW, LPC or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Knowledge of basic research techniques.
• Knowledge of customer service techniques.
• Knowledge of clinical engagement techniques (e.g., motivational interviewing).
• Skill in the use of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing.
• Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to work independently.

TCU Core Competencies:

University Core Competencies definitions may be found on the Human Resources website and in the staff performance management system.

Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations):

• Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
• Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
• Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
• Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
• Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs.

Work Environment:

• Work is indoors and sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours, with travel as needed.
• There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job.
• The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.
• This job requires a flexible schedule occasionally outside of traditional business hours weekly.

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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Texas Christian University is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. TCU’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This report includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statements of policy contained within this report address institutional policies, procedures, and programs concerning campus security, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, emergency notifications and timely warning of crimes, sexual and interpersonal violence, and personal safety at TCU. Additionally, this report outlines fire safety systems, policies and procedures for on-campus housing facilities, as well as residence hall fire statistics. 

The Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report can be found on the TCU Police Department website at, or a paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the TCU Police Department at 817-257-7930, or via email at

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