Working Title: Research Specialist
Position Type: University Operational and Administrative Staff
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Posting Date: 05-11-2017
*POSTIONS BASED IN San Angelo, TX; San Antonio, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; and Biloxi, MS*
The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia seeks multiple Research Specialists to deliver behavioral interventions to research participants as specified in Air Force study protocol(s). Positions may be full or part-time depending on the needs of the individual study and site. The study sites are located at multiple Air Force Bases. The Research Specialist must be thoroughly knowledgeable of the assigned study protocol(s), procedures and all associated activities. Although not responsible for direct supervision of assigned project staff, the Research Specialist is responsible for collaborating with all study staff to successfully achieve the goals of the study, the principal investigator and the department in a timely manner. The Research Specialist has latitude to implement certain decisions independently in accordance with protocol and departmental guidelines, including (but not limited to) subject eligibility/suitability to participate, behavioral modification strategies and counseling techniques. Many decisions are implemented after collaborating with the Program Director, Program Coordinators, Health/Clinical Psychologist, and/or Principal Investigator, including (but not limited to) database management, data collection/reporting/tracking, protocol adherence/modification, participant scheduling/retention, adverse event reporting or medication adjustment.
Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree in related field OR a combination of college course work and related military work experience to equal eight (8) years considered in lieu of degree.
Successful candidate must have demonstrated knowledge of behavioral interviewing and intervention techniques that drive behavior change, demonstrated knowledge of individual performance and/or behavior counseling and guidance through influential and peer-related conversations.
Must have strong attention to detail and keen observation skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Military experience or association preferred, but not required.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, verbal and written communication skills are required. The ability to make good clinical judgment is expected, as is the ability to function independently and as a member of a team with minimal supervision. The successful candidate must be able to obtain Human Subjects Protection and other applicable certifications within the first four weeks of employment. Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel are required. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse group of participants, staff and faculty, including public speaking to large groups, is a must.
These are restricted positions contingent upon the continued availability of funding. Positions will remain open until filled.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time-management, verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail and keen observation skills.
- Ability to make sound judgment decisions.
- Ability to provide guidance and counseling skills.
- Ability to function independently and as a member of a team with minimal supervision.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse group of participants, staff and faculty, including public speaking to large groups.
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