Soc/Clin Research Specialist

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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?YesPosition TitleSoc/Clin Research Specialist - JourneyWorking TitleSoc/Clin Research SpecialistPosition Number20037119Vacancy IDP011947Budgeted Hiring Range53,000-58,000Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade EquivalentGN11Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time Time-LimitedIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointment2 yearsHours per week40Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 8-5

Department Name and NumberInjury Prevention Research Ctr-633500Date First Posted09/08/2020Closing Date09/14/2020Position LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Posting CategoryResearch ProfessionalsDepartment Description

Created in 1987, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Injury Prevention Research Center (UNC IPRC) is one of the nation’s leading university-based injury and violence prevention research centers. UNC IPRC was one of the five original injury centers supported by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Injury Control Research Center (ICRC). Currently, UNC IPRC is one of the ten active centers in the CDC’s ICRC program, and one of the only injury centers to be a continuously-funded CDC ICRC since the inception of the ICRC program, 30 years ago. The UNC IPRC’s mission is to build the field of injury and violence prevention through interdisciplinary scholarly research, and by training of the next generation of injury prevention researchers and practitioners.

To accomplish the specific mission and goals of the Center, IPRC is organized with a set of core personnel whose function is to assist faculty and students in the development and execution of injury research. The IPRC is based on the “center-without-walls” concept to enhance interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration and to integrate injury control activities into existing programs and activities. The IPRC plays a long-term leadership role in catalyzing activities among multiple units both inside and outside the University to promote the field of injury control through collaborative research, teaching, intervention, planning and evaluation, and service to professional, governmental, and public groups.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description


The Research Specialist (RS) will assist the Project Director with daily operations for multiple investigator-initiated studies in the department. The current studies focus on opioid use disorder and occupational fatalities. The position will have project manager responsibility or oversight of multiple areas, including (1) screening, recruiting, and enrolling study participants, (2) submitting and maintaining regulatory submissions and regulatory files for multiple studies, including IRB submissions, (3) database development and management, data collection, entry, management, and quality assurance, (4) study start-up activities for new projects.

The Research Specialist (RS) will work closely with all members of multiple research teams, including the Principal Investigators (PI), co-investigators, statisticians, clinical staff, and others.

The Research Specialist will be an integral part of the coordination and management of project activities, including but not limited to, the following:
- Coordinating and participating in project and committee meetings
- Development of data collection protocols, including data collection instruments (interview and focus group guides, observation/site visit forms, chart abstraction forms)
- Subject recruiting, scheduling, conducting, and documenting key informant interviews [on site at the various study sites as well as by phone/email]
- Coordination of data collection sessions at research sites
- Development and maintenance of study databases
- Primary data collection from medical and medical examiner charts
– Drafting interim and final reports synthesizing key findings and recommendations
- Assist in planning for convening annual meetings with key stakeholders to share findings

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Applicants must have training in research methods and demonstrated experience in conducting key informant interviews using medical record/death record data abstraction. Exceptional organizational skills required, along with the ability to multitask, set priorities and manage multiple deadlines, and work both independently and as a team member. Applicants should be highly motivated individuals with strong verbal, writing, and problem-solving skills. Prior experience with recruiting research subjects, data abstraction, computer data entry and data management programs, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACCESS) are required. Position requires frequent travel to Office of Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh, NC

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in public health, psychology, or other relevant social/behavioral sciences discipline is strongly preferred. Previous experience recruiting research subjects, coordinating telephone interviews, interviewing, analyzing qualitative data, conducting literature reviews and writing reports.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical and Mental RequirementsPosition/Schedule RequirementsPosition AttributesStimulus/ARRA FundedNoQuick Link of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Specialist position.
      • Bachelor's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 1 year of related training or experience.
      • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate in an unrelated field and at least 5 years of related training and/or experience.
      • Master's and/or Doctorate in a discipline related to the field assigned.
      • Associate's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 3 years of related training or experience.
      • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 5 years of experience related to the field assigned (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 4 years experience).
      • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal at least 9 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 6 years of experience).
      • None of the above
    2. * Are you a current permanent, time-limited or layoff priority employee of UNC-Chapel Hill?
      • Yes
      • No




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    Posted: 9/9/2020
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