Advertised Summary Job Description: The Research Assistant will provide support to the PI and co-investigators in implementation and conduct of HIV prevention and treatment study protocols at the Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site. Assist with technical and research-oriented services in the Columbia P&S Research Site and Columbia University's Clinical Trials Support Laboratory which supports the Division's HIV/AIDS clinical research efforts.
Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site conducts NIH and industry sponsored HIV prevention and HIV treatment studies. Columbia P&S Clinical Research Site is part of a larger Columbia Partnership Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) which encompasses four Clinical Research Sites located throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. The CTU participates in three National Institutes of Health sponsored HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks (AACTG, HVTN and HPTN) as well as numerous industry studies. Central to its activities are the Clinical Trials Support Laboratory and the Columbia University Research Pharmacy where investigational product is prepared.
This position requires a bright, self-motivated and highly organized individual who is quick to learn new skills and techniques, and feels comfortable working independently as well as with others in a clinical and laboratory research setting. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multicenter clinical research team, with the primary goal of providing the highest-quality clinical care, teaching, and research in the best academic tradition.
The incumbent will conduct risk assessment interviews by phone and face-to-face for all study protocols to determine study eligibility. Provide data entry into the appropriate database. Schedule participant study visits. Maintain the study calendar to ensure seamless communication between the clinic and the lab. Perform the consent process and obtain a signed informed consent prior to initiating study related procedures. Perform HIV pre- & post- test counseling; risk reduction counseling, and treatment adherence counseling. Provide HIV vaccine and prevention trial education within the context of research studies at the Clinical Research Site. Perform phlebotomy and assistance with collection and laboratory processing of study samples for experimental and diagnostic purposes in accordance with the Division of AIDS policies and standard operating procedures. Assist with quality assurance activities as assigned to ensure that study data are entered and transmitted in a timely fashion. Assist in developing/implementing clinical and laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs) including assisting with participant retention.
He/She will complete complex assignments while following standard protocols and standard operating procedures that require technical proficiency and the ability to make detailed observations and manipulations. This includes performing assays, preparation of stock or working solutions, the calibration of equipment for experiments, specimen accession, processing, QC, and shipment along with quality control of assigned protocols. S/he will assist the clinic staff in preparing appropriate clinical and laboratory forms and documentation to ensure that the protocol mandated procedures are followed accurately. Candidate will perform additional related duties as assigned.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 1.5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.
The candidate selected for this position is required to undergo a drug screening test prior to a final offer of employment being made.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Strong decision-making skills and independent problem solving is critical. Orientation to detail, ability to maintain accurate records, and handle multiple projects and interact with staff at all levels is required. Computer skills and strong communication skills are essential. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision is essential.
Preferred Qualifications: HIV/ AIDS and Infectious disease or other clinical and laboratory research is a plus. Spanish Language also a plus. Phlebotomy training. Working knowledge of social services and/or case management
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