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Research Assistant III


Under direct supervision, performs experiments and procedures as assigned in a wet lab setting; provides support services for research projects. Additional research study activities include the collection, maintenance, and organization of study documents and data, preparation of grant applicants and regulatory documents for the Institutional Review Board and Grants and Contracts Office, and the coordination of all study-related procedures, visits, and meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Principal Investigator (PI), assists with simple to moderately complex experiments using standard techniques in area of specialty assigned; maintains data/results of all experiments
  • May prepare specimens and/or mix chemicals in other solutions and set up lab experiments
  • May mentor and/or train less experienced staff
  • May assign work to less experienced staff as required
  • Maintains inventory of all research supplies; prepares purchase orders for reagents and supplies
  • Performs routine maintenance of equipment
  • Washes and sterilizes glassware
  • Provides assistance with all research-related activities, including, but not limited to: answering phone calls, screening patients for eligibility, registering subjects with the sponsoring agency, administering lifestyle questionnaires, coordinating subject visits and preparing applicable study documents.
  • Collects and records study data. Inputs and maintains data in the research database.
  • Assists in the completion of regulatory paperwork, including grant application preparations and IRB/GCO submissions and filings.
  • Maintains source documents and subject files in accordance with institutional procedures. Ensures the accurate and complete compilation of subject data through chart reviews.
  • Secures, delivers and ships clinical specimens as required by the study protocol.
  • Facilitates the administrative scheduling, document preparation, and visit coordination for subject visits, if applicable
  • Performs other related duties.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree with an expressed interest in science.

Minimum Related Experience

  • Two years of experience in a research environment preferred.

Minimum Computer Skills

  • Intermediate MS Word (Word, Excel), Access, Outlook.
  • Experience with SAS and SPSS, preferred.

General Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding ability to work well with others, particularly in a team setting.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Solid time-management skills and ability to effectively multitask.

This position generally reports to: The Research Manager for the Department of Surgery.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds.