The Research Assistant will work at the Neurological Institute on community based epidemiological studies investigating risk factors for stroke, cognitive decline and cardiovascular outcomes.
The research assistant (RA) will conduct annual follow-up health interviews in English and Spanish by telephone with study subjects using standardized questionnaires, enter data, and obtain, review and summarize medical records to document outcome events. The RA will also recruit subjects to return for various new in-person evaluations. The RA will obtain informed consent, conduct cognitive and health status interviews, perform ECGs, and escort subjects to other evaluations. The individual may also be trained to apply a cardiac monitoring device. The RA may be trained to administer a neuropsychological testing battery which requires the tester to clearly and accurately deliver standardized instructional scripts in the subject's preferred language.
Participants occasionally need to be evaluated at home, in a nursing home or at their bedside if admitted to CUMC. The RA may be asked to occasionally work in the evening or on Saturday to accommodate working participants. The RA will also be responsible for daily checks of our storage freezer temperatures. A few times per year, they may need to pull frozen blood specimens from the freezers, organize them for shipment, and update our sample inventory database. The RA will work as part of a team, and will share in some clerical duties. Some individualized assignments may also be given.
Bachelor's degree and at least one and one half years of related experience or the equivalent in education, training and experience.
Verbal and written fluency in BOTH SPANISH and ENGLISH is highly preferred.
A degree in biology, a health profession or psychology is preferred.
Some prior experience in a laboratory setting is helpful.
Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be attentive to details and well-organized.
Must have basic typing and Internet skills, some experience with data entry, and some knowledge of MS-WORD and Excel.
CU's Human Subjects Protection, HIPAA and laboratory safety training modules must be passed once hired.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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