Clinical Research Assistant - Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Research
Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)
Location: Palo Alto, California
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 2044916
Are you interested in learning how manipulating light can improve sleep, circadian rhythms, mental and physical health?
Join Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) as a full-time Clinical Research Assistant to support fascinating research associated with examination of the physiology and function of the human circadian timing system and sleep.
ABOUT THIS RESEARCH ASSISTANT ROLE
The Research Assistant will be responsible for 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 work under the direction of the Principal Investigator Jamie Zeitzer, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Zeitzer is a circadian physiologist specializing in the understanding of the impact of light on circadian rhythms and other aspects of non-image forming light perception.
This a full-time position, located in Palo Alto, CA.
Schedule: The Research Assistant will need to be available to work weekends and overnight shifts (2-3 per week) to accommodate circadian timing system and sleep schedules. There will be some flexibility to work from home, but around 80% of the time you will be working onsite at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto.
PAVIR offers a robust and comprehensive employee benefits package with exceptional offerings such as health, dental and vision insurance, 14 paid holidays, generous vacation and sick pay policies, a 401(k) with a fully vested 6% company match and 3% profit share, a wellness program, commuter benefits, and professional development training. Plus, we pay for life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Screen, recruit, and meet with study subjects;
Explain the study procedures to study subjects;
Obtain informed consent;
Answer any study-related questions from the study subjects;
Provide phone follow-up to subjects;
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 for collection and storage of saliva samples;
Check data for completeness and follow-up;
Aid PI in data collection and analysis;
Occasionally drop materials off with the participants;
Assist with the collection of biological samples (urine, saliva);
Aid PI in maintaining records and research compliance.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR A CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience;
Previous experience in a research environment (1- 2 years of related experience desired);
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;
Good time-management and prioritization skills;
Accurate record keeping and attention to detail;
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: Exposure to office and hospital/clinical environment. Some exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
ABOUT PALO ALTO VETERANS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH (PAVIR)
PAVIR engages in the administration of funds and providing support for the conduct of clinical research at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities. At PAVIR we work with more than 160 uniquely talented medical scientists.
Our researchers have an active appointment with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and most maintain academic appointments or are affiliated with Stanford University. We recruit and retain talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through innovative health research.
READY TO JOIN OUR RESEARCH TEAM? Please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!
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.
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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About Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR)
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