Skip to Main Content

Research Assistant

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Santa Barbara, CA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description



The Research Assistant will provide interactive research support for multiple projects and studies at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI, and aimed at preventing and managing type 2 diabetes, especially in disproportionately impacted populations. Initiatives include Mil Familias (, Farming for Life (, Veggie IQ (, and the online resource


An ideal candidate will have robust organizational skills, an amiable and respectful personality, strong oral and written skills in English and Spanish (fluency preferred), health research experience, and a passion for supporting healthy lifestyles. High competence with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as smartphones, is required. The Research Assistant must be able to learn to use digital devices, research software and technology. The Research Assistant will work onsite at SDRI, 2219 Bath St., Santa Barbara, CA, with occasional community engagement offsite. This position requires direct contact with participants and biohazard exposure, and adherence to strict health and safety protocols.


Associate Director, Mil Familias Programs, with daily direction and guidance from other team members.



  • Maintain familiarity with and adhere to all standard operating procedures and protocol documents.
  • Conduct outreach and recruitment by calling potential participants, visiting community sites and events, liaising with SDRI staff and referral organizations, and building new recruitment avenues.
  • Assist in scheduling, reminding, and providing follow-up for participant visits, and relaying updates.
  • Screen, consent, and enroll participants according to study-specific inclusion/exclusion criteria.
  • Conduct research visits and collect data via questionnaires; health assessments (e.g., height, weight, blood pressure); wearable devices (e.g., continuous glucose monitors, fitness trackers); technology (e.g., HbA1c tests, retinal imaging); apps (e.g., MyFitnessPal), and software (e.g., LibreView).
  • Review participant folders and source documents for completeness and accuracy.
  • Maintain (inventory, order, transport, store, clean, prepare, distribute) and manage study supplies including wearable devices, participant folders, and produce.
  • Perform accurate and timely data entry, storage, security, and backup in Word, Excel, and REDCap.
  • Maintain data quality, including completeness, validity, timeliness, consistency, and integrity.
  • Manage, track, and report progress on study metrics for SDRI, funders, and regulatory bodies.
  • Strengthen relations with community partners, such as farms, schools, health and service providers.
  • Participate in Institute, team, and project meetings, trainings, and events, both on- and off-site.
  • Pitch programs to and updates current/potential participants, media, collaborators, and funders.
  • Stay current with relevant diabetes and research literature.
  • Identify and document process improvement opportunities for current and future work.
  • With team, disseminate results and promote SDRI via publications, presentations, and social media.
  • Work with team on day-to-day activities, including solving logistics and scheduling conflicts, serving as backup for daily operational activities, assisting with training, and translating (English-Spanish).
  • Oversee and/or mentor volunteers and interns per SDRI policies and practices and study protocols.


With appropriate training provided, the incumbent must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.

Minimum requirements

  • Associate’s degree in health, social science, communications, psychology, biology, or related field.
  • Passion for understanding and addressing the determinants of health and illness.
  • High competence in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and smartphone communication.
  • Excellent English and Spanish verbal and written skills, including public speaking.
  • Superior attention to detail, organizational skills, and follow-through.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team dynamic.
  • Competent with handling evolving workload, multiple projects, deadlines, and changing priorities.
  • Efficient and effective in a shared workspace.
  • Good knowledge of office practices and office equipment, as well as keyboarding skills.
  • Valid California driver’s license


  • Bachelor’s degree in health, social science, communications, psychology, biology, or related field.
  • Experience working in a health research organization.
  • Experience with community engagement programs.
  • Experience with electronic databases.
  • Understanding of or prior work/volunteer experience in a non-profit organization.

Hours of work

This non-exempt Research Assistant is full time (40 hours per week). Work hours need to be flexible to meet program/study needs. Early morning, evening, weekend and overnight work may be required. Attendance at recurring weekly meetings and ad hoc meetings is expected. This is not a telecommuting position. Consistent, reliable attendance is required. Preferred start date is January 2022.

Physical demands

This position requires the manual dexterity, skill level, and adequate vision to perform fingerstick A1c tests, record data onto data sheets, enter data into a computer, and drive. Adequate hearing and verbal communication skills are required to conduct interviews in person and by phone. Sitting, standing, talking, climbing stairs, standing, and  lifting up to 30 pound-boxes for extended periods of time are necessary. Substantial use of the computer and moderate use of the telephone is necessary.

The incumbent must be in sufficient overall health to report for work consistently and reliably, and work through a standard day with appropriate breaks. Periodically, extended work hours and travel over several days are required.

This job description is intended to describe the general requirements of the performance of the job. It is not a complete list of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Other duties not listed here may be assigned as needed.

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute


Santa Barbara, CA
93105 USA



View all jobs at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute