Research Project Coordinator, Epidemiology

  • Full-Time Job
  • New York, NY
  • $65,000-$70,000 USD / Year

Website Columbia University Medical Center

Position Summary

The Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health seeks a Project Coordinator to assist in the coordination of an NIH funded community-based intervention study providing childcare and fitness classes to underserved mothers. The study uses mixed methods to test the effectiveness of an intervention co-designed with mothers for mothers. The incumbent will report to the Principal Investigator and will coordinate study implementation activities that involve interacting with community organizations, participants, community champions, and an international study team, contribute to qualitative and quantitative data collection and database management, reporting of results, and oversee logistical tasks (e.g. Human Subjects approval) necessary to accomplish the aims and needs of grant-funded research. Additionally, there are opportunities to analyze data and contribute to manuscript writing.


  • Monitor achievement of grant implementation milestones, coordinate team activities, manage Community Advisory Board preparation, oversee interns, and lead and create agendas for meetings – 10%
  • Prepare documents related to research activities, including funding agency reports, study protocols, Data Use Agreements and other data governance, and IRB submissions – 10%
  • Participate in recruitment of study participants and administration of surveys/other study instruments; – 40%
  • Collect and record study data and develop study database/tracking- 10%
  • Maintain databases, source documents (surveys, consent, interest forms) and other study-related files – 10%
  • Administrative Support (e.g. supply purchasing, expenses, interface with divisional grant team)- 10%
  • Participate in and take the lead on drafting and disseminating public-facing research findings (e.g., one-pagers, infographics, blog posts, websites, etc). – 5%
  • Perform other related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested – 5%

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree with two years’ experience
  • The ideal candidate will have at least one year of experience coordinating research activities with the ability to demonstrate initiative and a proactive approach to daily tasks
  • Have excellent interpersonal, organizational, record-keeping, and writing skills
  • Demonstrated flexibility and superb work ethic
  • Prior experience managing IRB protocols
  • Experience using project management software such as Monday, Trello or Asana

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Public Health, Social work or a related field preferred
  • Able to make and carry out decisions independently, dedicated to team building and collaboration, and collaborate and manage partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, accuracy, and attention to detail, as well as a self-motivated work style, establish priorities, and meet deadlines with minimal oversight.
  • Ability to document procedure, and to write reports and operational guidelines.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and judgment and demonstrate professionalism and flexibility.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment, as well as able to assume progressively more responsibility for project tasks and work independently without close supervision.

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