Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Advertised Summary Job Description: The Research Worker will provide technical and research-oriented services in the Columbia P&S Research Site to support the conduct of HIV prevention studies. The Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site conducts industry and NIH sponsored HIV prevention and HIV treatment studies. The successful candidate will join a dynamic clinical research team in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, with the primary goal of providing the highest quality clinical care, teaching, and research in the best academic tradition.
The Research Worker will assist a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the implementation and conduct of biomedical HIV prevention and HIV treatment research studies. Assist Clinic Coordinator and PI in implementation and conduct of HIV prevention and treatment study protocols at the Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site. Conduct risk assessment interviews by phone and face-to-face for all study protocols to determine study eligibility and enter data into the appropriate database. Oversee scheduling of participant study visits and maintaining the study calendar and database to ensure seamless communication between potential participants, the clinic and the lab. Administer questionnaires and collect data in accordance with study protocols. Assist with statistical data analysis and presentation of data. Conduct HIV counseling, including HIV pre- & post- test counseling, risk reduction counseling, and treatment adherence counseling, phlebotomy and HIV vaccine and HIV Prevention trial education within context of research studies at the clinical research site. Perform the consent process and obtain a signed informed consent prior to initiating any protocol defined procedures. Perform Quality Assurance activities as assigned by the Quality Assurance Coordinator/Data Manager. Assist with training and coordination of work of other research assistants and communicate with PI and clinic coordinator to ensure smooth day to day operations. Work closely with clinic coordinator on developing/implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs) including assisting with participant retention and facilitating cross-staff communication to create an efficient work environment. Perform additional related duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a master's degree and at least one year experience, or a bachelor's degree and at least three years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.
The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a drug screening test prior to a final offer of employment being made.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a bright, self-motivated and highly organized individual with strong communication skills who is quick to learn new skills and techniques, and feels comfortable working independently as well as with others in a clinical research setting. Strong decision-making skills, organizational skills and independent problem solving is critical. Ability to maintain accurate records, and handle multiple projects and interact with staff at all levels is required. Computer skills and ability to work independently with minimal supervision are essential.
Preferred Qualifications: HIV/AIDS and Infectious disease or other Clinical research, database knowledge is a plus. Spanish Language also a plus. Phlebotomy training. Working knowledge of social services and/or case management.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_174375
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