CREGS is hiring a Research Assistant for the Together Study!

CREGS is hiring a Research Assistant for the Together Study!

CREGS is hiring a Research Assistant for the Together Study, a project on gay relationships and health. Check out more information here. 

Job Title: Research Assistant
Program Name:  CREGS
Compensation: $17.90/hour
Position Status: Part-time, non-permanent (20 hours per week) SATURDAY SHIFT REQUIRED
Travel Required: Yes (local)
Reports to: Study Director and Principal Investigator
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posting Date: January 29th, 2018




The Together Study is a five-year study focusing on gay couples and HIV prevention. HIV prevention efforts among gay men in the US have broadened in scope to incorporate the social, cultural, interpersonal, and contextual factors associated with HIV infection and transmission. The Together study will determine if a health intervention in-person or online will assist gay couples in building the skills they need to negotiate and use risk-reduction strategies within their relationship to prevent HIV. This study is one of the first to look at the unique HIV-prevention needs of gay couples in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Research Assistant

  • Host participants that join the study. Take them through the consent process and explain the study.
  • Test participants for HIV using the OraQuick mouth swab kit, as well as administer a small fingerprick to collect a small amount of blood for a dry blood spot test. Training provided.
  • Provide updates for the Study Director on Excel and ACCESS database to keep track of participants. Training provided.
  • Assist with weekly study tasks, including online outreach, social media, contacting potential participants via phone and text, and helping set up for Couples Workshop days.

SCOPE of WORK – Interventionist

  • 50% hosting participants for testing and study processing.
  • 25% reaching out to participant contacts for enrolling in the study.
  • 25% reporting to the Study Director for weekly tasks, which could include assistance with online recruitment, data cleaning, and more.
  • *If interested in teaching experience, there is an opportunity to be trained as a Research Interventionist for the Couples Workshops as a back-up interventionist.


  • Entry level knowledge of research techniques and methodologies.
  • Understanding and comfort with the LGBTQ community, particularly with cisgender gay men.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Strong communication skills and initiative.
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.
  • ***WORK IS REQUIRED ON SATURDAY. You must be available for a Saturday shift, 9-5. The rest of the week is flexible and can be planned with the Study Director.


  • Some experience working as a researcher on studies, with knowledge of research methodology and human subjects protocols.
  • Previous experience with working for the LGBTQ community in some capacity.
  • Knowledge of and/or previous experience with HIV and sexuality research and resources, specifically with the LGBTQ community.
  • Warm personality to welcome participants and make them feel secure during testing and study processes.
  • Punctual and dependable.


James Lykens, Study Director