This position assists with the implementation of clinical trials under the Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center in the Department of Neurology. The Layton Center is an NIH/NIA-funded Alzheimers Disease Center, and as such, is an active participant in national and international efforts to understand and develop treatments for Alzheimers disease; the Layton Center conducts studies of promising treatments, technologies for patient support, genetics, neuroimaging and pathology.Specifically, this position is with the I-CONECT study ( https://www.i-conect.org/ ).
This position's primary responsibility is conducting semi-structured conversations via internet-based video chats and weekly telephone calls with socially isolated adults ages 75 and above who have healthy normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment. This position will also assist with study recruitment, such as making telephone calls and preparing mailings. The aim of the I-CONECT study is to assess how the brain responds to social interaction. These study participants will be located in Portland, Oregon and Detroit, Michigan. The regular hours for this position are 9:30am-2:00pm Monday through Thursday.Staff fulfilling this position will be provided with equipment (MacBook, additional monitor, headphones, etc.) to conduct the video chats and telephone calls while working remotely. Staff will need to have a consistently quiet, private place to work, and they should have access to high-speed internet. Strong teamwork, interpersonal skills and an ability to connect with older adults from various backgrounds is required. This position will also administer questionnaires and will be responsible for entering data and, occasionally, detailed health information into the studys database, as well as participating in the data verification process. Further, staff will need to understand video chat technology in-depth to conduct troubleshooting to participants. Therefore, familiarity with technology interfaces and comfortability with multitasking is essential.
Bachelor's degree / No experience, OR Associate's degree and 2 years of relevant experience, OR No degree and 4 years of relevant experience
Working knowledge of scientific method and human subjects research
Ability to speak and communicate clearly, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism
Ability to interact patiently and respectfully with elderly volunteers
Proficiency with Microsoft PowerPoint
Proficiency with operating multiple tasks on a computer with dual monitors and performing tech troubleshooting
Attention to detail
Accountability and motivation to work independently
Enthusiasm about scientific research and a team-oriented approach
Experience working with senior population
Demonstrated experience working in and with communities of color
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