Research Specialist Intermediate
Working Title: Research Specialist Intermediate
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia seeks a master's prepared individual to serve as a research specialist. The position seeks an individual with strong analytic skills and excellent oral and written communication. The ideal candidate has the ability to manage research projects, coordinate and oversee research regulatory requirements, apply for extramural funding, review scientific literature, plan research studies, manage databases, and analyze research data for publication and presentation. Knowledge and familiarity with statistical research software (SAS/STATA/SPSS/R, Access, Redcap, etc.) is preferred. If desired, the research specialist will have the opportunity to author/co-author publications, initiate independent research projects, receive extramural funding, and participate in teaching/mentoring of students, residents, and fellows. The following sections detail the priority functions that this position will serve, along with key required skills for success:
Research Regulatory Support:
1. Institutional review board (IRB) protocol regulatory requirements for research:
a. Write and complete IRB forms
b. Prepare protocols and templates
c. Communicate with IRB staff regarding new protocols, modifications, renewals
2. Grant and manuscript preparation:
a. Prepare the regulatory aspects of intramural and extramural funding applications
b. Maintain a repository of departmental documents and resources for grant applications
c. Facilitate communication between the Office of Grants and Contracts and the research team
d. Format manuscripts and presentations to appropriate guidelines, and aid with regulatory process of scientific manuscript submissions
Project Leadership and Coordination:
1. Identify and suggest appropriate funding mechanisms that are in line with PI interests and qualifications
2. Coordinate with other individuals or departments within UVA or nationally/internationally for multi-disciplinary or multi-institutional projects
3. Perform literature reviews, when needed, to identify gap areas of research, or relevant literature for grant and manuscript preparation
4. Communicate with clinical staff, CRC, research assistant, residents, etc. regarding the initiation and continuation of data collection
5. Create project timelines and agendas
6. Monitor subject recruitment and project status, provide feedback and suggestions for improvement to research team
7. Coordinate and manage research budgets, and order research supplies
8. Coordinate quarterly research meetings, research presentations, yearly research day
Biostatistical and Database Support: A solid background in biostatistical methods is required to help research teams:
1. Plan study design, choose appropriate statistical comparisons, analyze data, and visualize results
2. Create databases, enter data, and manage database content
3. Learn new and advanced biostatistical methods when required, either through self-education, University-provided courses, or formal consultation with biostatisticians
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Analytical skills.
2. Superb oral and written communication skills.
3. Ability to perform literature reviews and analysis.
4. Knowledge of data management.
5. Organizational and interpersonal skills.
6. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
7. Ability to work independently and ethically.
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