Apply For Research Specialist – Interventional Resources (2 positions)

  • Date: October 25, 2023
  • Location: LSU – Pennington Biomedical


Pennington Biomedical Research Center, situated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a part of Louisiana State University (LSU) and conducts extensive research in the fields of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. The center encompasses Basic Science, Clinical Research, and Population and Public Health, allowing for focused research and translational science. It is well-supported by multiple NIH Research Centers, with a network of 44 laboratories and 13 specialized core service facilities.

  • Job Posting Title: Research Specialist – Interventional Resources (2 positions)
  • Position Type: Professional / Unclassified
  • Department: LSUPBRC Cores – COIS – Interventional Services
  • Work Location: LSU – Pennington Biomedical

Job Description:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in association with Louisiana State University, is seeking two Research Specialists in Interventional Resources. The role involves the coordination, planning, and implementation of administrative, clinical, and intervention activities related to clinical studies. The key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the management of various aspects of clinical trials, such as processing paperwork, organizing meetings, overseeing project processes, and using data entry systems.
  • Conducting research tasks, including participant orientations, screening, intervention sessions, remote monitoring, phone calls, and appointment scheduling.
  • Supervising participant exercise, lifestyle, or behavior change intervention sessions to ensure adherence to research study protocols.
  • Interviewing prospective participants to determine their eligibility for research projects.
  • Performing off-campus assessment and intervention visits as required by study protocols.
  • Collaborating with other departments, external collaborators, and project PIs to develop, implement, and monitor project operations.
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Note: This position may require a flexible schedule, including work after regular hours, and occasional travel in the Greater Baton Rouge area and beyond.

Qualification Requirements:

As part of a career progression group, both vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Research Specialist 1, 2, or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant.

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Research Specialist 1:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field.
  • CPR certification or the ability to obtain it after hire.
  • Ability to effectively work with clients, build rapport, and translate complex scientific information into everyday language.
  • Strong attention to detail and effective multitasking.

Research Specialist 2:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field.
  • All qualifications listed for Research Specialist 1.
  • 3-5 years of experience in assessments with human subjects.
  • Experience in training, educating, or providing healthcare to adults, adolescents, or pediatric populations.
  • Experience working with aging populations or those with chronic illnesses.
  • Understanding of good clinical trials practices.

Research Specialist 3:

  • Master’s degree in a health-related field.
  • All qualifications listed for Research Specialist 1.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in assessments with human subjects.
  • Proficiency in conducting VO2max/submaximal tests via the treadmill or bike.
  • Experience in executing exercise prescriptions.
  • Proficiency in performing and reading ECG tests and dynamic isokinetic dynamometer testing.
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Additional Information:

  • This position is not available for remote work.
  • Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with their online application. Official transcripts are required before hire and are not needed at the time of application.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Pennington Biomedical Research Center offers various benefits, including health, life, dental, and vision insurance, retirement options, leave benefits, wellness benefits, training and development opportunities, and more.
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center is an equal employment opportunity employer.
  • Please note that all communication and documentation should be in English.
  • For more information about Pennington Biomedical Research Center, visit their website here.

Contact Information:

For questions or concerns regarding this job opportunity, please contact PBRC Human Resources at 225-763-2776 or


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