Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Neurology
Location: New York, New York
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
2 openings available.
The Brickman Lab at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain is currently recruiting a full-time staff associate to primarily work on an intergenerational study that examine biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease and cognitive aging. The study recruits racially and ethnically diverse participants with family roots in northern Manhattan.
The staff associate will be responsible for coordinating research efforts of collecting MRI images in a diverse study cohort, and for supporting the research efforts of ancillary studies. Tasks include the recruitment of study subjects into both studies, screening and scheduling study visits, collecting informed consent and accompanying subjects throughout their visits, maintaining regulatory records, IRB applications and renewals, annual FDA/NIH reporting, as well as updating and monitoring the study database. Additional responsibilities may include biospecimen collection, shipment and delivery as well as quality controlling imaging and neuropsychological data. After extensive training, the candidate will be able to independently acquire MRI scans at the Zuckerman Institute. Secondary responsibilities will include the evaluation of participants with standard and computerized neuropsychological and behavioral scales, working with collaborating groups and sub-studies, assisting in statistical analysis, and training/overseeing the work of lower-level technicians and students in the lab. The staff associate will work under minimal supervision and will attend regular team meetings to present data and discuss study-related concerns. Some flexibility in work schedule should be expected.
Requires a Master’s Degree and at least two year of experience, or a Bachelor's Degree and at least 4 years of related experience. The applicant must be bilingual in English and Spanish and be able to communicate study-related materials with a diverse population in both languages effortlessly.
The successful applicant has a background in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or related field. Previous experience in research data collection (particularly in clinical trials), subject evaluation, and management including human research subjects is required.
Must be able to prioritize assignments and work proactively and independently, and also collaborate effectively with the team. A friendly demeanor and the ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, maintain a high level of confidentiality, and meet internal and external deadlines are essential. Must be highly organized, enthusiastic, and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Past involvement in clinical trials and/or MRI studies in the field of aging and dementia would be useful. Experience with RedCap would be an asset.