The bilingual research worker will be expected to recruit, follow and retain study participants as part of the Fair Start Study. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of environmental exposures on women and the developing child in Northern Manhattan and South Bronx. The candidate will be responsible for a variety of administrative and research tasks, including: recruiting study participants, collecting biological samples, interviewing, performing child neurodevelopmental testing and the administration of several psychological and behavioral rating scales. Candidate will also be coordinating the collection of biological samples. Candidate will also be responsible for processing, storing, checking data and transferring data to the Center's data management core and/or laboratory.
Responsibilities include: Research related activities: 1. Recruitment of study participants 2. Communication with participants 3. Scheduling visits 4. Conduct face-to-face and/or telephone interviews with subjects, in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures and documentation standards 5. Travel to field sites to collect and record data and/or samples as appropriate to the specific objectives of the study 6. Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information; follow up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected 7. Coordination of biological sample collection 8. Transportation of biological samples to the laboratory for processing 9. Compile data for progress reports
Administrative activities include: 1. Maintaining institutional review board protocols 2. Translation of study materials 3. Assist with IRB (Institutional Review Board) renewals and modifications 4. Maintain and update study database 5. Organize and maintain paper archival 6. Perform other duties as required.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a Master's degree in biology, chemistry, public health, or related field and at least one year experience, or a Bachelor's degree and at least three years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.
Candidate must have experience working in the medical field; have excellent computer skills, writing ability, strong organizational and problem-solving skills, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with faculty and staff, researchers at other institutions, and research participants.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant: Bilingual in Spanish.
Preferred Qualifications: The candidate must have initiative, experience, and the ability to work independently under minimal supervision with discretion. Must be responsible and must have the desire to maintain and assist in every aspect of the study. Individual able to read, write and speak Spanish fluently desired. Ability to accurately follow scientific IRB protocols is required. A background in public health or experience working with minority populations as well as knowledge of child development, children's health, inner city public health issues, maternal health, and environmental health is preferred. Flexibility in work schedule is required as there is often weekend and evening work. Candidate must have good writing skills, be personable and must work well both independently and in-group settings. Fieldwork onto the community is required. Candidate must be able to perform other duties related to the maintenance of the project.
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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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