Research Associate

San Francisco, California
$24.04per hour
Jun 07, 2021
Jul 07, 2021
Job Function
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Heluna Health invites applications for a full-time Research Associate to work in the San Francisco Disease Prevention and Control Branch, Population Health Division as part of the SF City Clinic (SFCC) Research Team. The SFCC research program is focused on investigating treatments, diagnostic tests, and prevention tools for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. 

Under supervision of the Research Coordinator, the Research Associate will enroll participants and conduct study follow-up visits for a randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).    

With support and guidance from the Research Coordinator and the Principal Investigator, the Research Associate will be responsible for the day-to-day conduct of the studies; including recruitment, informed consent, carrying out study procedures per protocol, retention, documentation on electronic and paper case report forms and quality control. 

In addition, the Research Associate will support the SFCC HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) team at SFCC. In this role, the RA will assist with PrEP follow-up visits, counseling and benefits navigation. 

This is a temporary, grant-funded, full time, benefited position. Employment is provided by Heluna Health.

Pay rate is starting at $24.04/hr and commensurate with experience


  • Consenting and enrolling new study participants.
  • Establishing and organizing study files, including regulatory binders, study-specific source documentation and other materials.
  • Maintaining excellent data collection practices and quality of data.
  • Performing weekly quality control of all study documents.
  • Assisting clinic staff in collection, storage, and shipment of specimens.
  • Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with integrity.
  • Conduct retention and follow-up activities such as making telephone calls and sending letters to participants.
  • Maintaining effective and ongoing communication with research participants, the Research Coordinator and the Principal Investigator.
  • Updating any necessary regulatory documentation.
  • Meeting weekly with study coordinator to review activity and discuss study-related issues.
  • Provides basic STD and HIV information to clients; performs HIV and HCV risk assessments, disclosure and risk reduction counseling; and refers patients to appropriate medical and social services;
  • Conducts PrEP follow-up visits for patients without symptoms
  • Provides PrEP/PEP education and counseling
  • Provides negative HIV rapid test results to patients
  • Assists with enrollment into patient assistance programs, responds to prior authorization requests and performs benefits navigation
  • Adheres closely to clinic’s clinical, privacy, and occupational safety/PPE protocols.


  • Assisting in writing and maintaining study protocols and operational manuals
  • Participating in weekly Clinician and Epidemiology team meetings
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



  • Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • One year of experience working on clinical research studies
  • Background knowledge of STI pathogenesis, transmission, and treatment; knowledge of STI and HIV and medical terminology preferred but not required
  • Background knowledge of biomedical HIV prevention, including Pre- and Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Experience with culturally, economically and racially diverse populations

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Ability to operate a computer and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite software including Microsoft Word and EXCEL
  • Comfortable discussing sexual behavior and HIV transmission risks
  • Attention to detail; strong interpersonal skills; excellent, effective verbal and written communication skills to coordinate with subjects, team members, other departments and outside institutions; and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment while working with a diverse subject population
  • Proven ability to collaborate with people of different professional levels
  • Bilingual Spanish/English is highly desirable



Stand                                       Frequently

Walk                                        Frequently

Sit                                            Frequently

Handling / Fingering               Frequently

Reach Outward                       Frequently

Reach Above Shoulder           Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend     Occasionally

Lift / Carry                               Occasionally - Up to 25 lbs

Push/Pull                                 Occasionally - Up to 25 lbs

See                                          Constantly

Taste/ Smell                            Not Applicable

Not Applicable          Not required for essential functions

Occasionally             (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently                 (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly                 (5+ hrs/day)



General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled


Interested individuals must submit a resume and cover letter for consideration. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.

All qualified applicants will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance

Please apply at the following URL:


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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