Research Associate

Sep 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU SPH) at The George Washington University (GWU) is conducting several NIH-funded biomedical HIV prevention clinical trials. The Department is seeking a full time Research Associate (RA) to help implement these trials as part of the GWU HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) Clinical Research Site (CRS). The majority of work will take place on or near campus. Travel to and from trainings, meetings, and other events may be required. During periods of recruitment, late nights and weekend work may be required.

Meticulous research skills are required to function in this high intensity research environment. Direct experience and/or a clearly articulated interest in implementing multi-site biomedical HIV prevention clinical trials for men who have sex with men and transgender persons is highly desired. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and delegates, the RA will participate in research activities primarily in the clinic and office setting, but also sometimes in the community, field, and mobile van settings.

Responsibilities Include:

- Supporting recruitment of participants online and in the community
- Pre-screening potential participants via phone
- Obtaining informed consent
- Conducting behavioral HIV/STI risk reduction counseling including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) counseling
- Administering questionnaires
- Providing referrals to participants for unmet needs
- Completing and managing source documentation at or after study visits
_ Implementing strategies to ensure high retention
- Ensuring excellent compliance with study protocols across all visits for multiple trials, data entry, data management, quality assurance and quality improvement
- Database creation and management
- Managing site-level regular participant reports
- Conducting study protocols ethically
- Collaborating with a multi-dsciplinary team including physicians and medical staff
- Collaborating with internal and external agencies, data analysis
- Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Require’s a master’s degree and 1 year of experience in the field or in a related area.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience in multi-site clinical trials environment
- Prior professional experience in HIV prevention trials
- Ability to complete current CITI TRAINING HIPAA, FCOI, and Good Clinical Practice certifications
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and function in a professional environment
- Prior experience with data and quality management activities
- Excellent oral and written skills and professional demeanor appropriate to both clinical and community environments
- Can work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
- Experience with populations at risk for HIV including men who have sex with men and transgender women
- Previous experience with HPTN multicentered trials or early phase drug trials
- Ability to work autonomously when needed but also functions well in a team


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 1 Full-Time/Part-Time: Hours Per Week: 40 hours Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, Some Nights and Weekends Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000377 Job Open Date: 09/12/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Have you ever worked in a multi-centered clinical trial setting?
    (Open Ended Question)
  2. * Have you worked on biomedical or device clinical trials?
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Describe your familiarity with data collection, management, and analysis.
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. * Do you have experience working on HIV/AIDs research?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


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