The Research Assistant will join a dynamic clinical research team, with the primary goal of providing the highest quality clinical care, teaching, and research in the best academic tradition. Working under the general supervision of the principal investigator, the candidate will assist a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the implementation and conduct of biomedical research studies, including epidemiological and clinical research studies related to COVID-19 as well as studies that evaluate assessment of attitudes towards HIV prevention and uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among young adults and women at risk of HIV. Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site conducts industry and NIH sponsored HIV prevention and HIV treatment studies.
Assist with participant recruitment, administering questionnaires and collecting data in accordance with study protocols.
Conduct the informed consent procedures and obtain a signed informed consent prior to initiating study related procedures.
Ensure that data and study samples are collected, transported, and stored in accordance with study protocols.
Assist the research staff in preparing appropriate clinical and laboratory forms, materials and documentation to ensure that the protocol mandated procedures are followed accurately.
Perform assays, preparation of stock or working solutions, the calibration of equipment for experiments, specimen accession, processing, quality control, in accordance with assigned protocols.
Complete complex assignments while following standard protocols and standard operating procedures that require technical proficiency and make detailed observations and manipulations while following sponsor standard operating procedures.
Perform sample processing mainly including PBMC (Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cell) separation, harvesting, and cryopreservation.
Set up and conduct experiments according to established guidelines.
Maintain laboratory equipment, order laboratory and research supplies, and ensure communication between clinic and laboratory.
Assist the research team in preparing appropriate study forms and documentation (clinical and laboratory as needed) to ensure that the protocol mandated procedures are followed accurately.
Perform data entry into the appropriate database; and perform quality assurance activities to ensure that study data are entered and transmitted in a timely fashion.
Assist in developing/implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs) including assisting with participant retention.
Assist with analysis, interpretation and presentation of collected data.
Perform additional related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and at least one and one-half years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience
Strong decision-making skills and independent problem solving
Orientation to detail with ability to maintain accurate records
Ability to handle multiple projects and interact with staff at all levels
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Strong communication and computer skills
Self-motivated and highly organized
Knowledge of COVID, prevention strategies, HIV/ AIDS and Infectious disease or other clinical and laboratory research
Prior experience managing datasets
Spanish language skills
The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a drug screening test prior to a final offer of employment being made
Participation in the medical surveillance program
Contact with patients and/or human research subjects
Potential bloodborne pathogen exposure
Successful completion of applicable compliance and system training requirements
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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