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The Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer - Assistant.
Under general supervision, perform support functions for a panel of clinical studies dealing with infectious diseases among critically ill patients. Assist in the implementation of clinical studies, including (but not limited to): IRB applications and related forms, data collection forms, patient screening and enrollment, gather and compile data, sponsor/IRB communications, verification of investigative procedures to accomplish research goals, assist in developing and setting up database files, and process human biological specimens.
Under direct supervision:
Primary Roles and Responsibilities:
Assists in the design of specific phases of research projects; researches approach, hypotheses and/or methodology development:
Researcher will assist with the development of new research approaches including helping to identify new study populations and establishing study kiosks to capture data from the target populations
Provide feedback on study procedures and methodology to continue improving and streamlining the study protocols
Conducts experiments or tests in the field/ Performs research data collection:
The researcher will record participant data and collect clinical samples from specific study locations
May assist with PCR on collected samples from a specific portion of the study
Contributes data for use in reports and publications.
Specimen Collection & Coordination:
Assist Research Coordinator to obtain patient specimens (e.g., blood, urine, stool, nasal swabs, etc.).
Coordinate and assist in collection, processing, inventory and shipping of study specimens.
Obtain research specimens from outside providers in compliance with institution and federal regulations.
Extract technical and medical information from institution or clinical records.
Verify accuracy of research data.
Use data management programs to prepare summary narrative reports.
Create graphs, tables, charts and illustrations.
Use a computerized system for tracking study subjects; monitor data quality control to ensure adherence to study protocol.
Safety/Response to Emergencies:
Participate in interdepartmental efforts to facilitate a safe environment for all staff and patients.
Keep up to date on safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc.
Report knowledge of hazards to the supervisor.
Follows safety/biohazards procedures and practices "Universal Precautions" at all times.
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Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field plus less than 1 year experience in a related area.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Bachelor’s degree in health or other related field
Knowledge of medical terminology.
Prior research experience with solid organ transplant population:
Knowledge and experience with infection control precautions in the in- and out-patient setting.
Prior lab experience with handling, processing, and transporting of human biological specimens.
Research specific training in Protection of Human Research Subjects, Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA compliance, Blood Borne Pathogens, Shipping and Transporting Hazardous Materials, Laboratory Safety Compliance, and Managing Laboratory Chemicals training.
Familiar with electronic medical record programs (ORCA, EPIC, MAX, and MindScape).
Proficiency in using Microsoft Word for Windows, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Excellent organization, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and communication skills.
Science background in Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Mycology, and Statistics.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
May work weekends and holidays.
May participate in shared call duty on clinical research studies.
Must be able to communicate clinical information in English to clinicians, nursing, support staff and patients.
This position may be stressful at times in that there is pressure to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks concurrently.
Will work with biohazards, including blood, stool, urine, and other body fluids.
Must have good coordination and fine dexterity to pipette and aliquot patient specimens.
Must be able to handle patient specimens at cold temperatures (-80ºC) using gloves.
May work with infectious patients and must be able to suit-up (gloves, gown, and mask) according to droplet precautions. Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens through needle stick or biohazard spill.
Will need to be able to travel to multiple hospitals via shuttle
Occasional out of town travel for research-related conferences.
This position is entirely dependent upon research funding.
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