The Palo Alto Veterans for Research (PAVIR) is seeking a Research Assistant to work with the Principle Investigator (PI) in the conduct of research associated with examination of the physiology and function of the human circadian timing system and sleep. The duties involve day-to-day interactions with research participants: screening, recruiting, consenting and following up with study subjects, administering cognitive tests, as well as collecting samples and data.
The Research Assistant will need to be available to work overnight shifts (2-3 per week) to accommodate circadian timing system and sleep schedules.
This is a regular, full time (40 hours/week), non-exempt (hourly-paid) position. Benefits:
13 paid Holidays
Life Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Long-term Disability Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Short-term Disability Insurance - paid by PAVIR
Flexible Spending Account
401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match and Profit Share
Employee Assistance Program
PAVIR is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). As a condition of employment, all PAVIR employees are required to have an approved appointment with VAPAHCS and complete a background check before they can commence work.
Day-to-day interactions with research participants: screen, recruit, and meet with study subjects and explain the study procedures; obtain informed consent; answer any study-related questions from the study subjects; follow-up with subjects over phone.
Assist with administering computer-based and written cognitive tests
Collect data via in-person interviews
Set-up and maintain physiologic recording equipment
Assist with implementing clinical research studies with an understanding of the protocol
Coordinate with PI's wet lab and Clinical Studies Unit for collection and storage of saliva samples
Check data for completeness and follow-up
Aid PI in data collection and analysis
Assist with the collection of biological samples (urine, saliva)
Aid PI in maintaining records and research compliance
Education: Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in Biology, Health Sciences, or related field is required.
Required: 0 -1 years of related experience; previous experience in a research environment;
Desired: 1- 2 years of related experience.
Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:
Flexibility in working hours to accommodate circadian timing system and sleep schedules (i.e. potential to work weekends and overnights to visit patients and collect samples in the lab);
Good interpersonal skills in order to interact with study subjects;
Solid analytical skills;
Basic math skills;
Good time-management and prioritization skills;
Accurate record keeping and attention to detail;
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
Ability to understand scientific literature, experimental procedures and their limitations, and current needs of the research community.
Environmental Conditions / Physical Demands:
Physical: Lifting up to 20 lbs occasionally, standing, bending, repetitive movement, etc.
Environmental: Exposure to clinical environment. Some exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
PAVIR engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information:www.pavir.org
PAVIR is pleased to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, Women, Veterans, and Individuals with a Disability are encouraged to apply. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need special assistance or an accommodation to apply for a posted position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - Human Resources department.
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The Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. Please refer to our website for additional information: www.pavir.org