July 20, 2017 | Job Opportunities

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POSITION: Research Project Coordinator – Department of Medicine

ORGANIZATION:  Albert Einstein College of Medicine

POSTING DATE: July 18, 2017

SUMMARY: Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the US. Over 80% of patients in substance abuse treatment, including methadone maintenance, smoke cigarettes, compared to 14% of NYC adults. Despite these high smoking rates, we know little about how to best treat tobacco use among methadone treatment patients. For this five year, NIH-funded project, we are conducting a randomized controlled clinical trial of two smoking cessation interventions: long-term medication treatment, and directly observed therapy. Research visits will include computerized research interviews, blood and urine collection, and adherence counts. The project will occur in three clinical sites in the Bronx and will follow 450 participants over a 12-month period. The Project Coordinator may also be involved in additional pilot projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the research project with investigators, data managers, study coordinators and clinical staff
  • Hire, train and supervise the study coordinator and volunteer staff
  • Work with the Principal Investigator (PI) to update study protocols, protocol amendments, research study measures, and study databases as needed
  • Create regular reports for the IRB, sponsors, and the safety monitoring board
  • Coordinate meetings with study partners, and represent the study at site meetings
  • Work with PI to develop recruitment strategies and manage tracking database; prepare regular reports for the PI about recruitment and tracking
  • Securely manage and maintain study data
  • Oversee adherence to research protocols, including conducting the study informed consent process, maintaining participant confidentiality, and collecting data
  • Manage and analyze data; perform regular audits to ensure that collected data are complete and accurate, and that research protocols are being followed
  • Conduct medical chart reviews
  • Supervise, coordinate and conduct research visits, data and specimen collection, data entry and data management
  • Lead weekly study meetings
  • Assist in drafting reports, preparing conference abstracts, and presentations related to the project; assist with preparation of grant proposals
  • Oversee budget including purchasing and payment to subjects, and generate annual financial reports
  • Travel to multiple clinical and research sites in the Bronx to conduct and oversee study-related activities
  • Troubleshoot study-related problems
  • Other related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s in Public Health or related field. Master’s Degree or minimum of 5 years experience required.
  • At least two years’ experience collecting data for research (e.g., recruiting participants, conducting interviews, collecting biologic specimens). Experience working with similar populations preferred.

Skills and Competency

  • As part of a team, must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities, work independently with minimal supervision, and adhere to study protocol.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word, ACCESS, Excel, and SAS or STATA.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Able to write scientific documents

Scope of Responsibility

  • Project Coordinator will work with Dr. Shadi Nahvi, study PI
  • Project Coordinator will supervise study coordinator and volunteer staff
  • Project Coordinator will interact regularly with clinic staff
  • Coordinate study-related activities between investigators, data managers, consultants, and multiple research sites

HOW TO APPLY:

If interested, please email your curriculum vitae, a description of your interests and experience related to the position, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Shadi Nahvi at snahvi@montefiore.org. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Shadi Nahvi, MD,  MS

Associate Professor

Albert  Einstein College of Medicine

Division of Substance Abuse

Division of General Internal Medicine

Phone: 718 920 5379 (Academic Office)

Email:  snahvi@montefiore.org

 

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POSITION: Research Study Coordinator – Department of Medicine

ORGANIZATION:  Albert Einstein College of Medicine

POSTING DATE: July 18, 2017

SUMMARY: Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the US. Over 80% of patients in substance abuse treatment, including methadone maintenance, smoke cigarettes, compared to 14% of NYC adults. Despite these high smoking rates, we know little about how to best treat tobacco use among methadone treatment patients. For this five year, NIH-funded project, we are conducting a randomized controlled clinical trial of two smoking cessation interventions: long-term medication treatment, and directly observed therapy. Research visits will include computerized research interviews, blood and urine collection, and adherence counts. The project will occur in three clinical sites in the Bronx and will follow 450 participants over a 12-month period. The Study Coordinator may also be involved in additional pilot projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate all aspects of the research project with investigators, data managers, and clinical staff
  • Work with Project Director (PD) and Principal Investigator (PI) to update study protocols, protocol amendments, research study measures, and study databases as needed
  • Create regular reports for the IRB, sponsors, and the safety monitoring board
  • Manage Institutional Review Board-related activities
  • Coordinate meetings with study partners, and represent the study at site meetings
  • Participant recruitment (approaching patients in clinic waiting area, working with clinic staff to facilitate patient referrals)
  • Oversee adherence to research protocols, including conducting the study informed consent process, maintaining participant confidentiality, and collecting data
  • Conduct medical chart reviews
  • Conduct extensive research assessments (administering computer and in-person research interviews; collecting breath carbon monoxide, saliva samples and urine drug tests; assessing medication adherence by pill count)
  • Coordinate participant tracking, retention and follow up (scheduling participant follow up over the telephone, working with participants and clinic staff to ensure that scheduled study visits take place)
  • Coordinate intervention components (e.g., work with central pharmacy on delivery of medication to clinics, work with nurses to implement directly observed therapy)
  • Conduct data entry into electronic databases
  • Managing and analyzing data; perform regular audits to ensure that collected data are complete and accurate, and that research protocols are being followed
  • Do data analysis and publish results (if desired)
  • Assist with preparation of grant proposals
  • Oversee budget including purchasing and payment to subjects, and generate annual financial reports
  • Travel to multiple clinical and research sites in the Bronx to conduct and oversee study-related activities and facilitate participant recruitment and follow up
  • Troubleshoot study-related problems
  • Other related duties as per Principal Investigator’s request

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience and Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s in Public Health or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least two years’ experience collecting data for research (e.g., recruiting participants, conducting interviews, collecting biologic specimens). Experience working with similar populations preferred.

Skills and Competency

  • As part of a team, must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities, work independently with minimal supervision, and adhere to study protocol.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word, ACCESS, Excel, and SAS or STATA.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Must be detail oriented.

Scope of Responsibility

  • Coordinate study-related activities between investigators, data managers, consultants, and multiple research sites
  • Able to work on multiple projects
  • Interface with Einstein IRB and administrative staff and Einstein research/clinical sites
  • Interface with administrative staff to manage financial transactions
  • Reports to the Project Director and Principal Investigator

HOW TO APPLY: If interested, please email your curriculum vitae, a description of your interests and experience related to the position, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Shadi Nahvi at snahvi@montefiore.org. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Shadi Nahvi, MD,  MS

Associate Professor

Albert  Einstein College of Medicine

Division of Substance Abuse

Division of General Internal Medicine

Phone: 718 920 5379 (Academic Office)

Email:  snahvi@montefiore.org