Advertised Summary Job Description: The part-time RA will perform a variety of research duties of a routine nature in support of a multi-center longitudinal study funded by NIH/NIA. S/he will obtain informed consent, schedule participants for assessments, perform data entry and cleaning in REDCap, conduct scripted phone surveys as well as in-person assessments primarily in each participant's home, both locally as well as across the nation. Long distance visits may be more frequent on occasion. Travel expenses will be reimbursed according to university policy. The RA will likely be asked to undergo phlebotomy training which will be reimbursed by the university so that s/he can collect blood draws on our participants as well as prepare and pack the samples to our an external lab. The RA will also be asked to assist with other project-related duties as assigned. The RA may be asked to undergo certification to administer a carotid ultrasound scan on participants. This is a totally safe procedure but, since it requires considerably training, we may not require this of the part-time RA.
Aside from the long distance travel mentioned above, this is a part-time position mostly within the framework of the normal working week from the hours of 9am-5pm. The office work mentioned above will be conducted from the office here at Columbia University.
Occasionally, the RA may be asked to conduct phone calls after 5PM or on weekends from the office in order to locate participants who are not at home during regular business hours. The same may apply to home visits.
General Minimum Qualifications: The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor's degree preferably in Psychology or Public Health or equivalent in education, training and experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: At least 1.5 years of related experience.
S/he must possess excellent organization skills, be an independent thinker. Applicants who possess trained clinical experience administering psychological and/or health-related assessments in person and by phone are desired. Complete familiarity with tracking, maintaining and managing confidential large-scale, complex, clinical database systems is desired. Knowledge of IRB/HIPAA procedures and administering informed consent is strongly desired.
Since the success of this research study heavily relies on our ability to maintain a high participation rate among these exceptionally long-lived research participants who are often hard of hearing, somewhat mentally impaired and frail, the candidate must be extremely articulate (by phone and in-person), have outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrate the capacity to generally convey a high level of genuine patience. S/he must also possess a natural ability to put people at ease. Experience interacting with people of all ages as well as families is required. Excellent English-speaking skills required. Experience interacting with patients and/or study participants in a medical and/or research-related setting required.
Must be willing to travel (both local and long distance) and work flexible hours. The Part-Time RA report directly to the Co-Investigator.
Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated scholarship is desired. A graduate degree in Psychology, Public Health or Social Work is preferred. Clinical degrees are also strongly desired.
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