Research Assistant III, ACTG Project

Location US-MD-Silver Spring
Job ID
Salaried Full Time Employee


Social & Scientific Systems (S3), a division of DLH, serves federal government clients throughout the United States and abroad delivering technology enabled solutions in key health and human services programs. The Company's core competencies include secure data analytics and statistics, clinical trials and laboratory services, a full suite of public health research offerings, performance evaluation, system modernization, operational logistics and readiness, and strategic digital communications. DLH has over 2,000 employees serving numerous government agencies. DLH’s portfolio consists of Defense & Veteran Health Solutions, Human Services Solutions and Public Health & Life Sciences.


The AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Network Coordinating Center (NCC) has supported public health research at SSS for over 30 years.  This large research network is sponsored by NIH-NIAID-DAIDS to implement clinical trial research in infectious disease both domestically and internationally. The NCC staff provide administrative, scientific and executive committee support, and technical and scientific study support. The Research Assistant III position has the opportunity to assist and work closely with other scientific and technical staff.


The Research Assistant III is responsible for the day-to-day office functioning by handling a variety of general administrative and technical duties including supporting the Clinical Trials Specialists and network Subcommittees/Working Groups, word processing assistance, arranging teleconferences, and drafting agendas, summaries, and communications.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily:

  • Assists with information management including organization of electronic files; updates on project website for membership rosters, and resource documents; maintenance of email distribution lists; and resolving of email bounce backs or undeliverable messages from the protocol email logons.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and participates in subcommittee/working group conference calls and face-to-face/virtual meetings including solicitation of agenda topics and distribution of agenda in a timely manner and tracking and facilitating completion of action items from calls and meetings.
  • Drafts, revises, and finalizes conference call and meeting discussion summaries and/or memoranda/other communications that are timely, accurate, and grammatically correct for review by the supervisor and/or NCC representative. Distributes approved call and meeting summaries and correspondence as appropriate in a timely manner.
  • Assists with membership elections, if applicable. May assist with independent safety monitoring committees in support of Clinical Trials Research Services (CTRS) projects and programs.
  • May provide backup and/or supplemental support for other similar committees/groups and tasks as needed.
  • Processes day-to-day word processing requests such as producing and formatting protocol documents, charts, tables, graphs, newsletters, and other documents, and developing protocol glossaries.
  • Organizes, edits, produces and disseminates documents and materials drawn from single or multiple sources, monitoring standards for quality and project timelines.
  • Develops and maintains study related documents, organizational files, study records, and data systems. Assists with collection of essential study documents for projects, coordinates translation of essential study documents as necessary.
  • Prepares memoranda, tracking reports, project status reports and communications for the supported staff. Assists in preparing proposals, and findings associated with assigned projects.
  • Establishes and maintains filing system for project documents, records and general correspondence. Uploads documents to portal system if required.
  • Maintains database for projects as directed, entering and quality checking data as well as pulling reports as needed.
  • Assists with research and develop technical scientific materials as needed.
  • Performs additional duties as required.


Candidates for this position should have the following education/experience and demonstrate mastery of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


Education and Experience:

  •  Bachelor's degree and three years of related experience.
  • Experience in clinical trials or scientific research preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint.
  • Experience in database/website/portal system considered a plus.

DLH is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


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