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Open Position: Research Technician at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

News Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 08:00

The TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) is hiring a full-time Research Technician to work with Dr. Amy Cohn on multiple completed and ongoing research studies funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products. Some of these studies utilize the HPRC’s innovative Tobacco Regulatory Science Clinical Laboratory to measure smoking topography, smartphone-based data collection of tobacco and cannabis use patterns, and behavioral economic paradigms measuring appeal for flavored tobacco product use (e.g., cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars/little cigars) (see recent studies). Multiple opportunities available for first-authored publications and conference abstracts with a variety of datasets. Dr. Cohn is Associate Professor and Director of Training in the TSET Health Promotion Research Center and the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine with a focus on tobacco regulatory science research, mental health and substance use correlates of tobacco use, and the co-use of cannabis with tobacco in youth and young adults. The Technician will receive training in laboratory assessment of smoking behavior, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) of tobacco use behavior, and correlates and consequences of cannabis and other substance use behavior with large convenience and population-based datasets, including a statewide survey that assessed the impact of medical cannabis legalization on cannabis use behaviors and attitudes in ~6,000 youth and adults in Oklahoma. All studies focus on vulnerable populations and youth and young adults. The Technician will be involved in active data collection of two ongoing NIH clinical trials focused on menthol cigarette smoking in young adults, will have the opportunity to engage in secondary analysis of existing datasets, and manuscript preparation using data from completed and ongoing studies that address a) menthol cigarette smoking (i.e., PRISM, Project Enhance), b) cannabis use and co-use with other substances (i.e., IMMPACT, MATCH), c) e-cigarette use during pregnancy, and d) responses to tobacco and cannabis marketing (i.e., ADAPT, IMMPACT).

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
 Assisting the PI and the Sponsored Program Coordinator in managing the studies, participant screening, study sessions, following-up, and payment
 Working with team members to screen study participants
 Working with team members to conduct in-person and remote study sessions
 Tracking participants for follow-up and payment purposes
 Assuring quality of datasets
 Assisting the team in preparing annual reports
 Leading and assisting in the preparation of manuscripts, grants, and conference presentations
Training and professional development support will be provided to fulfill these functions.
Candidates with knowledge about human subjects data collection, using REDCap, and prior experience with social science data collection are preferred. Interested candidates should complete the application in the link below. Please address inquiries or questions about this position to and . Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree will be considered. Position start date is expected in the summer of 2022.

Application link: Job Description - Research Technician (221063) (
The TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) is part of the National Cancer Institute-Designated Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC), which offers a variety of resources for research implementation and professional development. Research Technicians can take part in the formal HPRC training program, which includes seminars in grant writing, professional development, and advanced statistical techniques. The HPRC consists of 11 tenure-track faculty, 6 postdoctoral fellows (present or incoming), and over 40 full-time staff to assist with project management and data collection activities. Oklahoma City is the anchor of a rapidly growing, multicultural metropolitan area with a population of 1.3 million, over 300 days of sunshine annually, very affordable cost of living, excellent schools and a wide array of cultural amenities.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The University of Oklahoma is an EO/AA Institution Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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