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Job Summary The Ismagilov Lab at Caltech is seeking a full-time temporary (remote) Study Coordinator for a 6-month assignment (with possibility of extension). This is an ideal position for someone who is eager to make a positive impact on the COVID-19 pandemic and other high-priority global-health issues. Reporting directly to Professor Rustem Ismagilov at Caltech, the successful candidate will recruit and enroll participants for a community-based COVID-19 study in Los Angeles, California. The aim of the study is to understand the detailed change in viral replication over time (i.e. how quickly a person's SARS-CoV-2 viral load goes from detectable to infectious). This study will help inform the design of effective surveillance-testing strategies. The Study Coordinator may also have the opportunity to participate in additional community-based studies in the future, including those aiming to better understand health and disease in the context of other infectious diseases, diet, and the gut microbiome.
Communicate the eligibility criteria to subjects, identify subjects who meet the criteria for the study, and perform Informed Consent to enroll.
Act as point of contact for participants throughout study duration (~2 weeks per participant).
Maintain detailed records (including personal identifying information) on a confidential Caltech-operated server.
Maintain confidentiality and protection of participants.
Communicate with the Caltech study team regularly by phone, Zoom, and email.
Document and immediately report any adverse events or unexpected problems during the study.
Participate in weekly meetings with the Caltech research team.
Coordinate shipping of materials to participants and shipment and/or courier of materials from participants' residences to Caltech.
Responsible for timely disbursement of compensation gift cards to participants at the completion of their enrollment period.
Bachelor's degree with educational emphasis in a life science, psychology, public health, or a related field
Prior experience consenting participants for a research study.
Prior experience maintaining HIPAA-protected data for a research study, or a similar role.
Current (or previous) CITI certification in Responsible Conduct of Human Subjects Research and Biomedical Research or equivalent.
Must be able to use sound judgment to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and to shift priorities, as well as effectively solve problems.
Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and human-subjects participants.
Strong organizational, time-management, and project-management skills.
Must live in (or be willing to relocate to) the Los Angeles County area to coordinate (from home) the disbursement of study materials to/from the Caltech laboratory and participants.
Prior experience working with OHRP-classified vulnerable individuals (e.g. children, socioeconomically disadvantaged persons, persons in nursing homes).
Experience using Redcap and Qualtrics for managing participant data.
Bilingual in Spanish and English (written and spoken).
Brief statement describing your (1) experiences performing human-subjects research, specifically your previous role(s) performing the Informed Consent process with human subjects (please omit any confidential details) and (2) previous professional experience working with vulnerable populations and/or individuals who are experiencing illness or stress.
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