Miami, Florida
Oct 10, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Public Health Sciences has an exciting career opportunity for a Research Support Specialist for firefighter research projects. This position performs a variety of duties involved in the collection, compilation, and documentation of research data. The Research Support Specialist also assists with the implementation of daily study activities and provides statistical support.

The duties and responsibilities for this position may include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as research project liaison for the Principal Investigator to Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC).
  • Files and maintains IRB/PRMC modifications, determinations, interim progress reports, and final reports.
  • Provides training and guidance to research and non-research personnel on becoming Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program trained in Social Behavioral Sciences and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Participates in research team meetings and projects across firefighter projects.
  • Coordinates the workload with other research staff.
  • Draws blood samples and collects other biological specimen from firefighters at fire stations following established laboratory procedures for specimen collection, handling, and processing, including strict adherence to National Safety Goals.
  • Performs survey data entry of firefighter participants and test related required information as per research protocols. Verifies all required information is available before a firefighter is enrolled and can be processed.
  • Collects, transcribes, and analyzes qualitative data from firefighter focus group sessions and key informant interviews.
  • Designs focus group and key informant interview scripts and collection research protocols.
  • Responds to Stat and Time Requests tests for blood draws in firefighter research protocol promptly.
  • Participates in phlebotomy inventory management and optimal resource utilization.
  • Quality checks and analyzes all study related data sets and prepares agency related reports.
  • Provides educational training and presents study findings on research projects to all entities requesting information on the study nationwide.
  • Updates study website using HTML code.

The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows: Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field of study as well as at least two years of research experience. Certification in Phlebotomy preferred. Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with comfort in public speaking. Ability to handle difficult and stressful situations while maintaining a professional composure. Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relations. Ability to understand and follow instructions. Skilled in scientific writing and capable of drafting manuscripts for publication. Skilled in using statistical software packages such as NVivo, STATA, SAS, SPSS, and/or R. Experience using web applications for building and managing online surveys and databases such as RedCap. Skilled in creating online survey instruments, managing the databases, and able to troubleshoot errors. Bilingual skills in English and Spanish preferred. Ability and willingness to travel to various sites.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information-https://www.hr.miami.edu/careers/employment-laws-eo/index.html

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University of Miami School of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.


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