UT Health Research Assistant II for Internal Medicine - CoVID 19 Plasma Study in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas
Research Assistant II for Internal Medicine - CoVID 19 Plasma Study
Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Requisition #: 210002D1
We are looking for a research assistant II who will work on a COVID Plasma study at UTHealth. They will under general direction of senior research staff, conduct activities to support research projects. Must be able to exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices.
This project is located in a multicenter that has randomized clinical trial assessing the value of convalescent plasma in CoVID-19 patients. You m ust be able to perform some weekend or evening duties to complete select protocols. Duties may require travel to UTHealth affiliated healthcare facilities, including Memorial Hermann and Harris Health hospital facilities.
You must be able to work with personal protective equipment for high risk pathogens, including COVID-19. Must be comfortable working in clinical environments with high risk pathogens, including COVID-19. Must be comfortable carrying out research procedures on patients with high risk pathogens, including COVID- 19 .
You will be doing data entry of lab results. It will require recording daily temperature and maintenance in logs. You will need to be able to correctly use PPE for work with level 2 pathogens (COVID, fungal isolates), and also able to use autoclave for waste and sterilizing supplies. This will require some ability to process blood and urine for COVID clinical trials. Some knowledge of microbiology/fungal studies/testing is encouraged for fungal ID/susceptibility testing. It would be great to have someone who has a background with COVID antibody testing and knowledge of ELISA testing. It would also be an asset to have knowledge of shipping biological samples and handling of dry ice encouraged.
This is a full time position that is eligible for all UTHealth benefits including healthcare coverage and participation in a pension plan run by the State of Texas. You will be working in a laboratory or clinical setting in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and may be asked to deliver or get specimens or equipment from partner hospitals in the area.
Position Key Accountabilities:
Conducts research activities, under general direction, according to research. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, traditional laboratory experiments and activities, informatics, field interviewer recruiting, screening and training.
Maintains adequate level of lab supplies to assure timely achievement of lab activities.
Maintains accurate and timely records to include notebooks, records, databases, etc. as needed by the research project.
Monitors laboratory and/or other supplies to ensure sufficient inventory to support research projects. Ensures quality of reagents or other supplies.
Stays abreast of new and updated protocols for research department
As needed, coordinates the work of laboratory technicians, support staff and other assistants to ensure efficient, timely and high quality results. Answers questions or resolves problems regarding routine or more complex duties.
Complies with all governmental and University policies, rules, regulation and codes.
May participate in continuing education programs, workshops and seminars.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Must be able to perform some weekend or evening duties to complete select protocols
Duties may require travel to UTHealth affiliated healthcare facilities, including Memorial Hermann and Harris Health hospital facilities.
Must be able to work with personal protective equipment for high risk pathogens, including COVID-19. Must be comfortable carrying out research procedures on patients with high risk pathogens, including COVID- 19 .
General knowledge and some detailed concepts of research field assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education.
One year of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment.
May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.
Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or 10 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.
This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical, biological or radioactive agents.
This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215
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