Research Assistant
University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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The Division of General Internal Medicine

The Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) is located and managed decentrally at three campuses of the University of California, San Francisco: the UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus, the San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Each site has its own uniqueness but all excel in the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate primary and preventive health care; conducting innovative, population-based and epidemiological research; and training the best doctors of the future.

The Aging Homeless Study is a five-year study funded by the NIA and will investigate key life course events, geriatric conditions and service utilization in a cohort of homeless individuals aged 50 and over. The study staff will recruit 350 older homeless adults (aged 50 and over) from shelters, free meal programs and homeless encampments throughout Oakland CA and then will interview them twice a year at a research field site based at a community-service agency in Oakland. Participants will be followed prospectively and will be seen twice a year for three years. Study visits will consist of a comprehensive interview covering participants’ history, including housing, employment, health, emotional health, substance abuse history, social relationships and history of victimization. A brief evaluation of physical fitness and neuro-cognitive status will also be performed. There will also be two small qualitative studies of subgroups of participants.

Job Overview
The Research assistant will work under the general supervision of the project director to recruit participants from shelters, free meal programs and homeless encampments in Oakland. . Research assistants will conduct most study activities at the study site, St Mary’s Center in Oakland, from which the study is renting space. Research assistants will conduct screening, maintain scheduling for participants. Track and schedule participants for follow-up interviews. Conduct monthly check-ins with study participants and keep track of who has checked in. Start tracking procedures for participants who have not checked in for three months. Participate in weekly tracking meetings, reimburse them for their effort, keep logs of all activities and perform other duties as assigned.

Please Note: There are two positions to be filled. The position will require a flexible work schedule with some days at regular hours and some days where work will begin later and end later to accommodate recruitment hours in the evening. The supervisor will generally be available by phone, but frequently will not be on site at St Mary’s Center in Oakland.

About UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications
• BA/BS in a related science and one or more years of recent, directly related work experience following degree completion, utilizing the techniques or methods required by the position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
• Minimum of one year research experience
• Minimum of one year working with vulnerable populations
• Previous experience in a research setting
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, to effectively work with study participants, study investigators, staff at site
• Applicant must be comfortable working with diverse and vulnerable populations
• Experience with vulnerable populations, such as those who are homeless or who have mental health or substance use problems.
• Applicant must be willing to do outreach and go to places like shelters, free meal programs and homeless encampments to recruit potential study participants
• Proficiency to effectively use personal computers and software such as Word, Excel and Access, and various Data Capture programs. Demonstrated ability to learn new software programs as required
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• A demonstrated ability to follow strict procedures and protocols
• Demonstrated ability to collect and record data accurately, including excellent data entry skills
• Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, coordinate work tasks with others, and meet multiple deadlines
• A demonstrated record of excellent attendance and reliability
• Willingness to work a flexible schedule

Physical Demands: requires sitting; standing; walking; squatting; bending; waist twisting; kneeling; crawling; climbing stairs; climbing ladders; reaching up to shoulder height; reaching above shoulder level; carrying/lifting 20 pounds; pushing/pulling 20 pounds; gripping/grasping, fine/gross finger manipulation; repetitive movements of upper and lower extremities; may be exposed latex, use protective equipment; differentiate color.

Note: Fingerprinting and background check required.

Preferred Qualifications
• Prior UC Experience

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