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RESEARCH ASSISTANT, PH D STUDENT
Job Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT, PH D STUDENT
Job Code: 1590
Job Level: 00
Revised Date: 06/01/2009
Job Family: JF 40
Classification created to permit compensation to Ph.D. students performing research on Campus and in the Medical Center. The use of this classification is reserved for students who are enrolled in a full time Ph.D. program at Duke. Employment is secondary to their academic pursuit. Ph.D. Student Research Assistants (RAs) are assigned to a specific research project or project(s) for a defined length of time, generally not less than one semester. The institutional funding source or external research grant supporting the student's salary will also be required to pay tuition remission in accordance with Graduate School policy. Registration for continuation constitutes full time enrollment in a Ph.D. program. Social Security is not deducted from the pay of a student as defined above but will be deducted during any term where a Ph.D. student works but is not registered for continuation. A Duke Ph.D. Student Research Assistant may work no more than 19.9 hours per week during academic schedule and is eligible for Workmens Compensation benefits only. This classification is administered on Campus through the Office of the Provost and in the Medical Center through the Office of the Chancellor for Health Affairs.
Ph.D. Student Research Assistants (RAs) perform a variety of functions related to research that represent different levels of independence and that contribute to the intellectual and professional development of the Ph.D. student. They provide leadership and expertise in conducting complex research activities, including planning, organizing, conducting, and communicating research studies within the overall scope of a research project at Duke University.
Lead, coordinate, and perform a variety of complex independent and team activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of social, economic or health related information.
Coordinate the development of forms, questionnaires and the application of qualitative and quantitative research techniques; write procedures manuals for data collection and coding.
Evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare oral presentations or written reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
Establish work procedures; select sources of information and specific data; set up interviews with appropriate authorities or subjects and prepare correspondence to locate the specific data required.
Confer with principal investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for publication.
Train lower level personnel and peers in research methodology. Supervise the work of lower level employees engaged in the collection and tabulation of data.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of Ph.D. students so classified.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Must be currently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Duke University Graduate School.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
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