The Research Assistant will provide technical and research-oriented services in the Division of Infectious Diseases to support the conduct of wide range of clinical research, educational and clinical activities with a focus on COVID-19 prevention and treatment, HIV and general infectious diseases education and clinical research studies.
The successful candidate 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. The candidate will assist a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the implementation and conduct of education outreach, and 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). 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.
Assist the research staff in preparing appropriate clinical and laboratory forms (chart prep), materials and documentation.
Schedule participants ensuring proper demographic information in the electronic medical record as well as appropriate database.
Ensure proper documentation of visits and study status for tracking and quality purposes.
Assist with administrative tasks (e.g. ensuring communication between clinic and laboratory).
Assist with scheduling COVID and HIV vaccine education visits (CVEs and HVEs).
Assist with participant reminder texts and other modes of retention.
Conduct the informed consent procedures and obtain a signed informed consent prior to initiating study related procedures.
Ensure that study samples (i.e. blood, urine, biopsy samples) are collected, labeled, transported, and stored in accordance with study protocols.
Pick up product from pharmacy ensuring proper documentation
Schedule patient follow-up to facilitate transition of care to outpatient setting
Assist with clinic tasks such as maintaining clinic equipment certifications, temperature logs, maintaining inventory of clinic supplies and ensuring exam rooms are stocked with appropriate clinic supplies.
Perform additional related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and at least 1.5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience
Bright, self-motivated and highly organized
Strong decision-making skills and ability to problem solve
Orientation to detail, ability to maintain accurate records, and handle multiple projects and interact with staff at all levels
Computer skills and strong communication skills
Comfortable working independently as well as with others in a clinical research setting
Knowledge of HIV 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 research subjects
Potential bloodborne pathogens exposure
Successful completion of applicable compliance and systems training requirements
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.