Department: Comprehensive Cancer Center
Position Summary: The Research Associate will provide general support for the Supervisor's research, which is primarily focused on measuring the impact of cancer and its treatments on patients' lives. This includes an evaluation of their quality of care, health outcomes, quality of life, functioning, symptom profile, and satisfaction with medical care. Responsibilities include: playing a significant role in performing or coordinating literature and document reviews to inform proposal development and research-based manuscript development; managing IRB (institutional review board) applications and related requirements; monitoring adherence to protocols; keeping records of research activities; and coordinating day-to-day operations of research projects including overseeing project budgets, assisting in data acquisition and transfer, coordination of tasks and meetings among the research team of co-investigators, data managers, analysts, patient advocates and students, and preparing reports, as required, related to the assigned research studies. Further, the Research Associate will have some interaction with research study participants to collect qualitative and quantitative data. Finally, the Research Associate will be asked to conduct basic qualitative and quantitative data analyses, with supervision by the Supervisor and or PI of the investigative team. This appointment is contingent upon the continuing availability of funds.
Education Requirements: Masters degree in Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Health Care, or a related field
Qualification and Experience: Requires 2 to 3 years experience in research-related field as well as experience with data collection and analyses involving human study participants. Must possess excellent organizational skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, inherent self-motivation, demonstrated capacity for working independently and engaging in innovative problem-solving, and ability to work productively in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment. Requires dedication to research on access to care, quality of cancer care, and the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with cancer or other diseases conditions. Preference will be given to the candidate with the following relevant experience: managing multi-site or multidisciplinary research projects; interviewing research participants with a medical diagnosis or chronic illness; conducting literature reviews; grant writing; analyzing qualitative data using Atlas.ti or similar software; analyzing quantitative data using SAS or SPSS; preparing reports to funding agencies; preparing and managing research budgets; preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication; preparing reports applications to institutional review boards (IRBs), and in-depth knowledge of and facility with Excel, Powerpoint, and the Internet.
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