The Columbia University, Robert N Butler Columbia Aging Center is seeking a Senior Staff Associate I (Project Director) who will oversee day-to-day research operations by managing activities associated with multiple concurrent research projects of the Aiello Research Group. This includes directly overseeing and contributing to project design, administration, budget, personnel (current and future employees) and communication.
The Aiello Research Group seeks to identify the interaction and influence of social and biological factors on long-term health outcomes, including the effect of socioeconomic position, stress and infection on chronic disease and mental health outcomes. We also investigate preventive measures for reducing infectious disease transmission in the community setting with a focus on non-pharmaceutical interventions. We aim to reduce social disparities in infection, chronic disease, and mental health by conducting integrative research across areas such as epidemiology, gerontology, sociology, infectious diseases, immunology, and laboratory research.
40% - The individual will monitor field work of multiple projects, oversight of study timelines and measurement of success in meeting designated objectives; oversight of original data and specimen collection efforts to include independently coordinate the design, development, and evaluation of materials and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for data and specimen collection and quality control; Oversee specimen storage, help prepare samples for testing, and manage sample testing/processing; oversee delivery of results and facilitate analysis discussions between ARG, collaborators, and testing facilities; participate in the review and modification of phone and home visit data collection instruments; manage cohort tracking efforts by developing retention plans and timelines; oversee data staff on the transfer of sensitive information to ensure study participant information is accurately and securely transferred; in the absence of available data staff, conduct data transfers and implement appropriate methods to maintain data security; independently maintain compliance with Columbia Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); collaborate in the conception and design of original research, including independently lead research meetings and independently set/define research standards; communicate with study field teams and support staff; oversee logistics for communications, mailings and instructions for participating subjects; supervise remote scheduling and mailing of study kits for field work taking place in other states and countries; participate in new strategies to enhance recruitment for a new wave of field work; obtain and maintain all necessary Materials Transfer Agreements (MTA) and Data Use Agreements (DUA) for multi-site research; work with Columbia-based and multi-site programmers and staff for cleaning, coding and protection of study data in accordance with the MTAs and DUAs.
40% - The individual will serve as the primary, non-Principal Investigator contact for the Aiello Research Group for Institutional Review Board (IRB) and government funding agencies; will ensure effective communications with parties and vendors relevant to the Aiello Research Group including, but not limited to, Columbia team members, students and affiliates, subcontractors and other affiliated institutions, and funding agencies; will facilitate study meetings, provide public relations efforts, and represent the studies and research group in a positive manner; responsible for maintaining the research group's website and will contribute to publications and reports, grant writing and proposal development, and the dissemination of research findings to study participants and other key stakeholders. Will help with study start up, implement, evaluation, and close-out of awarded grants and proposals.
20% - The individual will be responsible for managing activities associated with multiple concurrent research projects (Activities include, but are not limited to: Budget oversight for grants/subcontracts/center grants; hiring, training and direct supervision of research staff -current and future employees); will take the lead on hiring of new project personnel and assume responsibility for the training, planning, assignment and review of the work of others; coordination with the Institutional Review Board (IRB); assure compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); independently establish goals and objectives for the projects, setting, monitoring and modifying deadlines as needed; provide regular updates to the Principal Investigator and other stakeholders on project progress, advising on and trouble-shooting challenges and make recommendations to resolve issues in order to ensure the success of all relevant studies; and participate in grant preparation and progress reporting, compiling and analyzing information from multiple consortium, sub-contract, consultant and co-investigator research team members.
Bachelor's degree in specific research field and 6 -10 years experience; Master's degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred
A masters degree in epidemiology or public health is preferred. However, we will consider a master in another field, if the candidate has experience with epidemiology and/or public health.
Candidates must have experience coordinating/managing research projects; have strong interpersonal, leadership and verbal/written communication skills; have knowledge/experience with human subjects ethics, data use agreements and Institutional Review Boards. Supervisory experience is strongly desired.
Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.
Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.
The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.
Projected start date will be May 1, 2022, or open until filled.
Columbia University benefits are offered with this Officer of Research appointment.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.