The Research Assistant will work at the Sergievsky Center/Taub Institute, Columbia Univeristy, in a community-based study of memory, aging and Alzheimer's disease among racially and ethnically diverse older adults. This position relies on grant funding.
Provide assistance with collection, preparation, and laboratory processing of human biospecimen samples (e.g. blood, serum, plasma) for experimental purposes; order laboratory and research supplies; ensure safe laboratory practices, maintain accurate, detailed, and up-to-date record regarding all techniques/procedures performed and results obtained.
Responsible for entering data into the appropriate database; and quality assurance activities as assigned to ensure that study data are entered and transmitted in a timely fashion.
Coordinate the communication between the research and lab personnel for biomarkers assays.
Perform assays, specimen accession, processing, and shipment. Maintain laboratory equipment, order laboratory and research supplies, assist with other tasks as assigned.
Contact and schedule human research participants, and assist with the assessment of potential research participants including but not limited to conducting telephone and in-person interviews to screen their eligibility, administering standardized interviews of medical and family history, every-day functioning, neuropsychological testing, and recruitment of research participants for a brain donation program. Applicant will assess capacity to consent and obtain informed consent in this minimal risk study following Institutional Review Board policies and regulations.
Candidate will handle petty cash account for the study including reconciliation, prepare check requests, maintain petty cash log, and petty cash disbursements.
Other responsibilities will include and are not limited to data collection, data management, data entry, scoring, organizing, filing, data quality checks, data cleaning, Xeroxing materials, presenting data collected, and collecting and preparing biological samples. Perform other duties as assigned.
Analyze data from Excel and SPSS databases; perform statistical/hypothesis testing and summarize key findings.
Perform IRB regulatory submissions: write and edit project summary protocols and consent forms; update the protocols for modifications and renewals when necessary.
Assist with writing and editing manuscripts and grants as necessary.
Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 1.5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of laboratory procedures, the use and preparation of biospecimen, and medical terminology.
Experience with computers, behavioral science, and human subject research.
Familiarity/proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SPSS is preferred. Additionally, experience managing/cleaning databases and fluency with statistics preferred.
Organizational skills, attention to detail, good judgment, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, ability to balance multiple tasks and demands. Strong decision-making and independent problem solving skills.
Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
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