Research Assistant (Bilingual)

Heluna Health Oakland, CA 2018-10-20


The California Emerging Infections Program (CEIP) is a program administered by Heluna Health which is a non-profit public health research organization. CEIP functions under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is a collaborative effort involving the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and several local health departments.

The Public Health Research Assistant works under the Project Coordinator to enter, review, clean, and analyze data collected by the California Emerging Infections Program (CEIP).

The successful candidate will also assist with a variety of research activities including assisting project coordinator(s) or surveillance officers in data collection and data entry, contacting hospitals and laboratories for information regarding cases, interacting with hospital medical records departments and physicians’ offices to obtain case information, general organizational office tasks, and conducting standardized telephone interviews of case patients or controls using standardized forms. Study protocol will require Interviews to be conducted in the evenings or on the weekend. These may be conducted from home.


  • Assisting project coordinators or surveillance officers in data collection and data entry.
  • Interacting with hospital medical records departments and physicians’ offices to obtain case information.
  • General office duties such as answering telephones, photocopying, filing, and assisting in mailings
  • Follow standardized questionnaires and record/code answers.
  • Finalizing paperwork and submitting for review.
  • Willingness to work some evening and weekend hours


The research assistant working on this project must have a keen interest in infectious disease public health, excellent communication skills, and strong attention to detail.


College degree in related area such as Biology, Health Science, Public Health or Microbiology.

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Experience using a PC.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Access and Excel.
  • Ability to enter data accurately with minimal supervision.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Capacity to work independently or in a team environment.

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Experience working with protected health information and maintaining patient confidentiality preferred.
  • Experience interviewing patients with structured questionnaires for research purposes preferred.
  • Some microbiology coursework very helpful but not required.
  • Experience with data management is a plus but not required


  • 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)


General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled

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

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