Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Advertised Summary Job Description: The Research Assistant will provide support to the PI and co-Investigators in the implementation and conduct of HIV prevention and treatment study protocols at the Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site. S/he will assist with technical and research-oriented services in the Columbia P&S Research Site and Columbia University's Clinical Trials Support Laboratory which supports the Division's HIV/AIDS clinical research efforts.
Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site conducts NIH and industry sponsored HIV prevention and HIV treatment studies. Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site is part of a larger Columbia Partnership Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) which encompasses four Clinical Research Sites located throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. The CTU participates in three National Institutes of Health sponsored HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks (AACTG, HVTN and HPTN) as well as numerous industry studies. Central to its activities are the Clinical Trials Support Laboratory and the Columbia University Research Pharmacy where investigational product is prepared.
This position requires a bright, self-motivated and highly organized individual who is quick to learn new skills and techniques, and feels comfortable working independently as well as with others in a laboratory and clinical research setting. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multicenter clinical research team, with the primary goal of providing the highest-quality clinical care, teaching, and research in the best academic tradition. Under the general supervision of the Laboratory Manager, the Research Assistant will complete complex assignments while following standard protocols and standard operating procedures that require technical proficiency and the ability to make detailed observations and manipulations. The majority of sample processing will be PBMC (Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell) separation, harvesting, and cryopreservation. This includes performing assays, preparation of stock or working solutions, the calibration of equipment for experiments, specimen accession, processing, QC, and shipment along with quality control of assigned protocols in accordance with DAIDS and network standards. Maintain laboratory equipment, order laboratory and research supplies, assist with other tasks (e.g. ensuring communication between clinic and laboratory) as assigned. Assist the clinic staff in preparing appropriate clinical and laboratory forms and documentation to ensure that the protocol mandated procedures are followed accurately.
Conduct risk assessment interviews by phone and face-to-face to determine study eligibility and conduct HIV vaccine and prevention education within the context of research studies. Perform the informed consent procedures and obtain a signed informed consent prior to initiating study related procedures. Perform phlebotomy and provide assistance with collection and laboratory processing of study samples for experimental and diagnostic purposes in accordance with the Division of AIDS policies and standard operating procedures. Perform HIV pre and post- test counseling, risk reduction and treatment adherence counseling. Responsible for entering data into the appropriate database; and quality assurance activities as assigned to ensure that study data are entered and transmitted in a timely fashion. Maintain the study calendar to ensure seamless communication between the clinic and the lab. Assist in developing/implementing clinical and laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs) including assisting with participant retention. Perform additional related administrative duties as assigned. This position relies on grant funding.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 1.5 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: Strong decision-making and independent problem solving skills. Orientation to detail, ability to maintain accurate records, handle multiple projects and interact with staff at all levels. Computer skills and strong communication skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Preferred Qualifications: HIV/ AIDS and Infectious disease or other clinical and laboratory research is a plus. Spanish Language also a plus. Phlebotomy training.
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_174703
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