CREGS is hiring Research Assistants!

CREGS is hiring Research Assistants!

Job Title: Research Assistant

Program Name:  CREGS

Compensation: $17.90/hour

Position Status: Part-time, non-permanent

Travel Required: Yes (local)

Reports to: Study Director and Principal Investigator  

Location: San Francisco, CA

Posting Date: March 14, 2017





The PRIDE 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 PRIDE 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

  • Assist in research by providing support for participant retention, data tracking, survey building using Qualtrics, and analysis. Work with Excel, Word, and online programs to assist in research analysis.
  • Assist in administering study intervention on intervention days and continued interaction with participants.
  • Screening and hosting participants when they come in for survey data collection every three months.
  • Administer dry blood spot testing using the HemaSpot collection device on intervention days; be comfortable with small amounts of blood and needles (for more information see HemaSpot
  • Deliver dry blood spot specimens; follow up with study partners at testing sites.
  • Understand and adhere to emergency protocols for positive results, upset participants, etc.
  • Work mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends and late nights. Must adhere to schedule determined with the Study Director (direct supervisor).
  • Perform activities per established protocols and procedures; attend meetings and trainings.
  • Track exact hours worked, report to supervisor weekly, and enter into online time reporting system.
  • Lift up to 25lbs as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality and anonymity including collection of contact information.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to working as a team.


SCOPE of WORK – Research Assistant

  • 45% research assistance including participant retention, data tracking, and data analysis.
  • 20% working with the PI and Study Director to assist in study content building.
  • 20% completing dry blood spot testing for participants on study intervention days, screening and hosting participants every 3 months.
  • 10% document and records maintenance for participant data.
  • 5% assisting in building surveys through Qualtrics.



  • At least 1 year of experience working with research assistance on studies, with knowledge of research methodology and human subjects protocols.
  • Comfortable with completing dry blood spot tests on participants. Comfort with small amounts of blood and administering a needle prick (for more information see HemaSpot
  • Be extremely detail oriented in order to assist with dry blood spot delivery, follow up with study partners at testing sites, and assist Study Director in managing participant tracking.
  • Experience with research-community collaborations.
  • Strong interpersonal communication and motivational/persuasive skills; strong communication skills – both verbal and written. Excellent written and oral communication with researchers, community members, staff members, and research participants.
  • Solid computer skills, including Excel spreadsheets, and ability to set up systems for scheduling and tracking research participants. Proficient with calendaring and schedules; MS Office and Google.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with diverse groups, different cultures, and sensitive subject matter.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Familiar with the (greater) bay area to include: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, etc. Comfortable working in various neighborhoods. Willingness to work in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to act independently in implementation of research protocols, use judgment when interacting with participants, and seek proper consultation when needed. Must be dependable and trustworthy.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and balance multiple work-related demands simultaneously.
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum.
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs.



  • 2 years of experience working with research assistance on studies, with knowledge of research methodology and human subjects protocols.
  • Experience working on research studies involving couple-level data.
  • Knowledge of and/or previous experience with HIV and sexuality research and resources, specifically with the LGBTQ community.
  • Advanced understanding of clinical data, HIV testing, and participant confidentiality.
  • HIV counseling certified (if not, willing to become certified under the study).
  • Driver’s License and vehicle desirable.





James Lykens, Study Director