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Research Assistant


Research Assistant

  • 528010
  • Medical Center
  • Neurology
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Sep 27 2022
  • Technical Grade 5
  • Job Type: Support Staff - Union
  • Bargaining Unit: SSA
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $53,517.12 annually

Position Summary

The Research  Assistant will support the physician and project managers in conducting research projects and grant preparation. The physician performs clinical epidemiology on chronic disease including epilepsy, dementia, and stroke. This position is located at the Columbia University Medical Center campus. The hours are 35 hours per week. This job will be a great position for a person who desires a career in clinical research.



Cognitive impairment, dementia, and stroke disproportionately affect individuals with late-onset epilepsy (LOE), defined as epilepsy diagnosed at age ≥65. Persons with LOE 2 to 3 times more likely to subsequently experience cognitive impairment, dementia, and stroke compared to those without LOE. The EPILEPSY COG study is an NIH/NIA-funded R01 study that aims to determine the effect of pre-existing vascular risk factor on the risk of cognitive impairment, dementia, and stroke following the onset of LOE. This is a multi-center study in collaboration with researchers across several academic institutions. The study involves pooling and harmonizing data from 6 existing longitudinal cohorts, secondary data analysis, and simulation modeling.


  • Help manage research projects
  • Perform data management such as creating a database, entering and cleaning data, or merging datasets
  • Prepare grant applications (e.g., copy editing, proofreading, and creation of tables/figures and references)
  • Prepare documents for data use agreements and Institutional Review Board applications
  • Assist with manuscripts, posters, and PowerPoint slide preparation for talks
  • Perform data quality control
  • Regulatory responsibilities such as Institutional Review Board applications, Data Use Agreements, and human subjects compliance
  • Conduct preliminary data analysis (e.g., code and analyze interview and quantitative data)
  • Conduct literature searches
  • Schedule and attend research team meetings

Minimum Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor's degree and at least 1.5 years of related experience or equivalent in education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Public Health (MPH, MS, or equivalent) or a Master's degree in a related field (e.g. Social Sciences, Biostatistics)

Other Requirements

  • Proficiency in the PC environment and with programs including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional ability to multitask and focus on the tasks at hand
  • Ability to prioritize tasks for meeting project deadlines consistently
  • Superb interpersonal skills
  • Ability to write about and summarize scientific concepts for both scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Strong work ethic
  • Capable of working independently or collaboratively with a group

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