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Research Associate - Bilingual

Bridge HIV, San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco, California
$27.81/hr + benefits
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022
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Heluna Health invites applications for one full-time position of Research Associate HIV Disparities Studies. Bridge HIV is a grant-funded research unit affiliated with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco. Bridge HIV has been searching for new and innovative ways to fight HIV/AIDS since the onset of the epidemic in the early 1980s. The Bridge HIV Investigators are global leaders in HIV vaccine and prevention science, epidemiology of HIV infection, HIV medication adherence, combination HIV prevention strategies, and HIV research training methods. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridge HIV has also been conducting COVID-19 vaccine and epidemiology studies. For more information, please see

Under the direct supervision of the Medical Director, Clinical Research and clinical mentorship of a clinical psychologist, the Research Associate will be part of a team conducting studies of new technology based and biomedical HIV prevention strategies.

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

Interested applicants, please submit a cover letter and resume

Applications without cover letters will not be considered

Pay rate: $27.81 per hour


Conducting Study Visits, Counseling, and Participant Education

  •  Educate potential volunteers about available studies
  •  Obtain informed consent, interview study participants, and complete detailed data forms
  •  Conduct HIV rapid testing and HIV risk reduction counseling
  •  Provide appropriate referrals and assist volunteers with navigating social services in the San Francisco Bay Area
  •  Conduct community outreach and education
  •  Conduct participant visits at Oakland site as needed


  • Use computer scheduling software and Access database to schedule appointments and maintain updated participant information
  • Participate in team meetings and quality control activities
  • Maintain contact with participants via phone/email and assist with a range of study retention activities
  • Assist with planning and executing participant retention and appreciation events
  • Create study documents and participant contact documents as needed
  • Provide additional administrative support as needed


  • Perform phlebotomy
  • Process participant specimens including blood and urine samples as necessary
  • Process HIV rapid antibody tests
  • Package and ship blood and other research specimens to affiliated laboratories


  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Extremely organized with close attention to detail in a work setting
  • Some evening work required.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English required.


  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in one or more of the following areas: Conducting interviews, obtaining informed consent, HIV pre- and post-test counseling, patient education, telephone scheduling, maintaining confidential medical records, preferably in a research setting.
  • Experience working with gay and bisexual men.
  • Knowledge of HIV/STD prevention education with a focus on harm reduction
  • Experience and skill working with diverse racial/ethnic communities, especially the African-American, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander communities, as well as gay/lesbian/transgender communities.


  • HIV pre- and post-test counseling certification
  • Phlebotomy certification, experience or willingness to be trained in phlebotomy


Stand                                       Frequently

Walk                                        Frequently

Sit                                            Frequently

Handling / Fingering  Occasionally

Reach Outward                       Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder           Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend     Occasionally

Lift / Carry                               Occasionally - Up to 50 lbs

Push/Pull                                 Occasionally - Up to 50 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)


  • The employee is subject to blood borne pathogen hazards.
  • Early evening hours may be required.
  • General Shared Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled.


Please submit a cover letter and resume

Applications without cover letters will not be considered


General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled

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.


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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