Research Assistant/Coordinator
Portland VA Research Foundation - Portland, OR

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Title: Research Assistant/Coordinator Grade: Research Assistant Expected Salary: $29,500/year + Benefits FTE: 0.8 Position Description • This position is located with the NW Parkinson's Disease Research, Educatio

n and Clinical Center at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon (This is NOT a PVAMC position). Employment will be through the Portland VA Research Foundation. This position will entail coordinating and managing multiple elements of human subjects' research with Veteran patients.
Primary Responsibilities
• Recruit and screen patients from diverse backgrounds for multiple research studies
• Maintaining and updating files of all applicable regulatory documentation (including protocols, approvals, amendments, modifications, etc.) as well as any communications with the primary study site personnel, sponsor, or any other Federal or regulatory office
• Coordinate and schedule multiple patient visits
• Conduct informed consent and administer surveys to patients
• Assisting with the initial coding and data entry of structured questionnaires and data collection tools, when applicable
• Preparing progress reports and schedule and set up for consensus conferences
• Maintain organized and accurate study records
• Develop and maintain electronic databases
• Adhering to all study procedures, including data monitoring and safety plans
• Manage project schedules and activities of principal investigators
• Other miscellaneous duties as assigned
Applicant Qualifications
• Hold a Bachelors degree or higher; preferably in a scientific or social science discipline
• Have at least 2 years experience in Parkinson's Disease research
• Have a minimum one year experience with electronic database entry, management and maintenance for large population sample.
• Demonstrate good communication skills (to work effectively and empathetically with patients and staff from diverse backgrounds)
• Required to have phlebotomy skills, handling and processing of blood samples including DNA extraction and shipping of biologicals
• Must be flexible with changing priorities and able to communicate and problem-solve in a diplomatic and professional manner
• Must be proficient at use of Microsoft Access and genomic analysis software
• Required knowledge of research methods and rules of patient confidentiality; knowledge of Human Research Protection Policies (HRPP) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) policies