Lead Study Coordinator
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The Ismagilov Lab at Caltech is hiring a full-time (remote) Study Coordinator for a 3-month term position (with possibility for extension to 6 months). Reporting directly to Professor Rustem Ismagilov at Caltech, the successful candidate will recruit and enroll participants in Los Angeles County for a community-based COVID-19 study in collaboration with the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD). The aim of the study is to understand household transmission of COVID-19 by studying how quickly a person’s SARS-CoV-2 viral load goes from detectable to infectious. This study will help inform the design of more effective surveillance-testing strategies.
More details about the Ismagilov Lab group and their research can be found at http://ismagilovlab.che.caltech.edu/.
- Independently develop and implement new recruitment approaches (and/or adapt approaches from other studies) to improve recruitment numbers and participant retention throughout the study
- Independently initiate and maintain collaborations with clinics, community centers, and COVID-19 testing sites to promote study recruitment across Los Angeles County
- Communicate the eligibility criteria to subjects, identify subjects who meet the criteria for the study, and perform informed consent to enroll in the participant’s preferred language (Spanish or English)
- Act as point of contact for participants throughout study duration (~2 weeks per participant) in the participant’s preferred language (Spanish or English)
- Translation of all study materials (Informed Consent, questionnaires, recruitment materials, informational sheets, etc.) into Spanish
- Maintain records (including personal identifying information) on a confidential Caltech-operated server
- Maintain confidentiality and protection of participants
- Communicate with the Caltech study team regularly by phone and email
- Document and immediate report any adverse events or unexpected problems during the study
- Communicate Covid-19 presumptive positive results to participants in accordance with the approved IRB protocol, explain COVID-19 isolation practices, and direct participants to their local Public Health Department to acquire appropriate resources
- Participate in regular meetings with the Caltech research team
- Conduct training with Study Coordinators
- Coordinate shipping of materials to participants and shipment and/or courier of materials from participants' residences to Caltech
- Responsible for timely disbursement of compensation gift cards to participants at the completion of their enrollment period
- Serve as the primary point of contact for Study Participants; be available and prepared to take calls during normal working hours, in the evenings, and on weekends as scheduled.
- Master’s degree in Public Health or similar with an educational emphasis in a life science, psychology, public health, or a related field
- Prior experience performing Covid-19 Contact Tracing and/or Covid-19 Case Investigation or similar training in the United States
- 1-2 years of prior experience performing the Informed Consent process and maintaining HIPAA-protected data for a research study or a similar role
- Current CITI certification in Responsible Conduct of Human Subjects Research and Biomedical Research or equivalent
- Highly detail-oriented
- Must be able to use sound judgment to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and to shift priorities, as well as effectively solve problems
- Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with all levels of staff and human-subjects participants
- Strong organizational, time-management, and project-management skills
- Prior experience working with OHRP-classified “vulnerable” individuals (e.g. children, socioeconomically disadvantaged persons, persons in nursing homes)
- Prior experience developing and implementing recruitment strategies
- Cover letter
- Brief statement describing your (1) experiences performing human-subjects research, specifically your previous role(s) performing the Informed Consent process with human subjects (please omit any confidential details) and (2) previous professional experience working with vulnerable populations and/or individuals who are experiencing illness