The Research Associate, reporting to the Director of Research Operations, will provide professional level research support to a study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and led by the Dean of the College of Public Health and professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The project examines the experiences of informal caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients.
The Research Associate is primarily responsible for the recruitment and enrollment of patients and their family caregiver to the study; obtaining informed consent from participants; and conducting semi-structured interviews and direct observations with cancer patients and their caregivers in a home care setting. In addition, the incumbent will communicate regularly with referring physicians and other clinical staff at the Fox Chase Cancer Center; maintain a recruitment tracking database; handle participant payments in the form of petty cash and gift cards; conduct literature reviews and journal searches, and summarize findings; enter data in the RedCap database and code qualitative interview transcripts; perform data mining for potential participants from cancer center data warehouse and electronic medical records; create study progress reports; maintain electronic and hard copy research files; assist with preparation and submission of grant applications and manuscripts for publication; assist with IRB submissions; and participate in training sessions and research staff meetings. The incumbent must keep up-to-date on trainings related to the proper treatment of research participants (CITI training). Performs other duties.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, health services research, public health or related field, and at least two years of related human subjects research experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated computer skills, and proficiency with MS Office Suite software applications.
*Demonstrated ability to recruit participants for research studies.
*Strong interpersonal skills.
*Strong written and oral communication skills.
*Ability to work with cancer patients or similarly vulnerable patient population.
*Demonstrated proficiency with qualitative or quantitative data analysis.
*Demonstrated ability to handle emotionally sensitive situations in a professional manner.
*Ability to master medical terminology.
*Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks and planning
*Strong organizational skills, along with the ability to handle multiple tasks and adhere to deadlines.
*Strong attention to detail.
*Proficiency in academically oriented internet research (e.g. PubMed) and software (e.g. Mendeley).
*Ability to travel to locations that may not be accessible via public transportation.
*Ability to work to a flexible work schedule.
*Master's degree in the social sciences, health services research, or public health.
*Experience with cancer, palliative care, and end-of-life issues.
*Experience with SPSS or similar statistical analysis software.
This is a grant funded position.
This position requires a background check.
Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.
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