Research Assistant - DurbanIntroductionThe AHRI Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with the coordination and execution of functions related to the implementation and monitoring of TB, HIV, SARS CoV2 and other research projects in the KZN region.
The candidate will coordinate the logistics for the collection of biological specimens from various healthcare sites in and around Durban.
This will include liaising with the study nurse, study coordinator(s), laboratory staff and couriers to provide required specimen kits, collect biological specimens, from healthcare facilities, including operating theatres to collect tissue specimens during surgical procedures when needed.
The candidate will be required to have basic data management skills as they will be required to assist in weekly Quality Control (QC) checks and provide overall Quality Assurance (QA) across projects involved in the Clinical Core.
Documentation Management. The candidate will be tasked with compiling reports and producing basic descriptive and study progress updates.
They should also assist Managers with any required information or the completion of tasks, where necessary and upon request.
The candidate will also focus on the collection and verification of data, perform literature searches, and interpret information to provide feedback on technical activities.
The candidate will assist with any regulatory functions, whilst coordinating meetings, and performing basic administration.
Duties & ResponsibilitiesRESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO : Coordination of logistics and Specimen collection : 1.
Preparation and transportation of specimen collection kits and media from AHRI to clinical sites2. Travel to healthcare sites to collect biological specimens as and when required within permissible timeframes3.
Preparation of specimens at clinical sites for transport according to standard operating procedures4. Collect, record and maintain study related data and documentation5.
Communication with relevant research study staff and hospital staff at site6. Perform other work-related tasks as required7.
Demonstrate compliance with and practice of infection prevention / control policiesEnsuring a high degree of data integrity and study document completion : 1.
Completion of participant data collection using appropriate tools and in accordance with GCP guidelines2. Resolution of data queries / errors3.
Quality control / quality assurance of participant files4. Record keeping and maintaining confidentiality of all study recordsPerform other work-related duties and participate in activities as required : 1.
Arrangement of courier of study samples / specimens when required2. Attend and coordinate required meetings3. Compile reports and basic descriptives4.
Assist with research related activities such as literature reviews and inputs on reports and presentations5. Perform regulatory functionsDesired Experience & QualificationMinimum Qualifications1.
Postgraduate Degree in Health or Social Science disciplines with a minimum of 1 year experience in clinical research setting or an Undergraduate Degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a clinical research setting2.
Must possess a valid South African Code B Driver’s License and own vehicleMinimum Experience1. Computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office software2.
Previous experience working on a research projectKnowledge and Abilities1. Good knowledge of HIV / AIDS and TB2. Knowledge of the scientific research process3.
Ability to capture and organise data electronically4. Ability to write reportsAdvantageous1. Fluency in English and isiZuluAs part of AHRI’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols and to increase the safety of our staff, this position has been classified as a high-risk position and as such applicants will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 when applying