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Job ID: 183551

Project Director
Columbia University

Date Posted Apr. 11, 2022
Title Project Director
University Columbia University
New York, NY, United States
Department The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date May 2022
  • Online / Remote Position
  • Professional Staff
  • Health Sciences - General
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

The Columbia University, Robert N Butler Columbia Aging Center is seeking a Project Director who will oversee day-to-day research operations by managing activities associated with multiple concurrent research projects of the Aiello Research Group. This includes directly overseeing and contributing to project design, administration, budget, personnel (current and future employees) and communication.

The Aiello Research Group seeks to identify the interaction and influence of social and biological factors on long-term health outcomes, including the effect of socioeconomic position, stress and infection on chronic disease and mental health outcomes. We also investigate preventive measures for reducing infectious disease transmission in the community setting with a focus on non-pharmaceutical interventions. We aim to reduce social disparities in infection, chronic disease, and mental health by conducting integrative research across areas such as epidemiology, gerontology, sociology, infectious diseases, immunology, and laboratory research.

  • 40% - The individual will monitor field work of multiple projects, oversight of study timelines and measurement of success in meeting designated objectives; oversight of original data and specimen collection efforts to include independently coordinate the design, development, and evaluation of materials and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for data and specimen collection and quality control; Oversee specimen storage, help prepare samples for testing, and manage sample testing/processing; oversee delivery of results and facilitate analysis discussions between ARG, collaborators, and testing facilities; participate in the review and modification of phone and home visit data collection instruments; manage cohort tracking efforts by developing retention plans and timelines; oversee data staff on the transfer of sensitive information to ensure study participant information is accurately and securely transferred; in the absence of available data staff, conduct data transfers and implement appropriate methods to maintain data security; independently maintain compliance with Columbia Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); collaborate in the conception and design of original research, including independently lead research meetings and independently set/define research standards; communicate with study field teams and support staff; oversee logistics for communications, mailings and instructions for participating subjects; supervise remote scheduling and mailing of study kits for field work taking place in other states and countries; participate in new strategies to enhance recruitment for a new wave of field work; obtain and maintain all necessary Materials Transfer Agreements (MTA) and Data Use Agreements (DUA) for multi-site research; work with Columbia-based and multi-site programmers and staff for cleaning, coding and protection of study data in accordance with the MTAs and DUAs.
  • 40% - The individual will serve as the primary, non-Principal Investigator contact for the Aiello Research Group for Institutional Review Board (IRB) and government funding agencies; will ensure effective communications with parties and vendors relevant to the Aiello Research Group including, but not limited to, Columbia team members, students and affiliates, subcontractors and other affiliated institutions, and funding agencies; will facilitate study meetings, provide public relations efforts, and represent the studies and research group in a positive manner; responsible for maintaining the research group's website and will contribute to publications and reports, grant writing and proposal development, and the dissemination of research findings to study participants and other key stakeholders. Will help with study start up, implement, evaluation, and close-out of awarded grants and proposals.
  • 20% - The individual will be responsible for managing activities associated with multiple concurrent research projects (Activities include, but are not limited to: Budget oversight for grants/subcontracts/center grants; hiring, training and direct supervision of research staff -current and future employees); will take the lead on hiring of new project personnel and assume responsibility for the training, planning, assignment and review of the work of others; coordination with the Institutional Review Board (IRB); assure compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); independently establish goals and objectives for the projects, setting, monitoring and modifying deadlines as needed; provide regular updates to the Principal Investigator and other stakeholders on project progress, advising on and trouble-shooting challenges and make recommendations to resolve issues in order to ensure the success of all relevant studies; and participate in grant preparation and progress reporting, compiling and analyzing information from multiple consortium, sub-contract, consultant and co-investigator research team members.


  • A masters degree is required, preferably in epidemiology or public health. However, we will consider a master in another field, if the candidate has experience with epidemiology and/or public health.
  • Candidates must have experience coordinating/managing research projects; have strong interpersonal, leadership and verbal/written communication skills; have knowledge/experience with human subjects ethics, data use agreements and Institutional Review Boards.  Supervisory experience is strongly desired.

Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.

  • Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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Contact Information

  • Rosine Moussa
    The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
    Columbia University
    722 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032


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