Soc/Clin Research Specialist

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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?NoPosition TitleSoc/Clin Research Specialist - ContributingWorking TitleSoc/Clin Research SpecialistPosition Number20037135Vacancy IDP012024Budgeted Hiring Range$45,130-$57,000Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade EquivalentGN09Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time PermanentIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointmentHours per week40Work Schedule

M-F 8 to 5pm

Department Name and NumberNutrition-466001Date First Posted10/06/2020Closing Date10/19/2020Position LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Posting CategoryResearch ProfessionalsDepartment Description

The Department of Nutrition’s vision is to enhance the lives and health of people throughout North Carolina and the world by means of the best possible nutrition. The mission is to improve and protect the public’s health through teaching, research and practice that foster the best possible nutrition. To accomplish this, the Department has a “cell to society” view of nutrition, encompassing basic science, population studies, intervention research, and nutrition policy. The Department consists of 40 EPA Faculty, 28 joint and adjunct faculty, an administrative staff of 8 FTE’s; and 17.5 FTE research staff members.

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.

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

Position Description

The position will serve as the project coordinator for the Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) Coordinating Center (CC) based at UNC Chapel Hill. The CC will serve as the hub of multi-site clinical trials implementing studies to reduce or eliminate disparities in heart and lung disease. The purpose of the CC is to promote collaboration and exchange of scientific information among institutions, foster communication, facilitate the translation of successful interventions into clinical practice and community programs, and ensure excellence in study design and analysis.

The CC will not recruit, enroll or have direct contact with study participants. Collaborating Implementation Research Centers (IRC) located around the country will perform those roles.

More specifically, the CC will: facilitate the development and collection of common measures; establish and maintain a computer system needed for data transfer and storage of measures; facilitate data transfer and pooling of data; provide support for analysis of data for manuscripts; compile protocols and other IRB documents; plan, arrange and support DSMB and Steering Committee meetings; facilitate the sharing of data, provide dissemination of results, maintain a website and email communication system for distribution of study documents, scientific information, forms and information; facilitate the submission of manuscripts; serve as a resource for T4 educational opportunities; conduct and facilitate yearly training workshops and regular webinars; provide information about the studies to the public; participate in scientific discussions and implementation of the studies; and develop comprehensive metrics for evaluating the program.

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

Full knowledge of social/clinical research principles, study design, and methods of data/information collection used to independently manage projects or programs. Knowledge of information technology to analyze and report data/information. Ability to understand and interpret scientific literature pertinent to nutrition and obesity.

Ability to plan work to meet objectives and deadlines. Ability to assess the needs of the project/program and make changes in process, work flow and/or assignments. Ability to lead multiple, concurrent assignments for a multi-faceted complex project. Ability to follow established guidelines for assessing compliance with protocol and manuals of procedures and ability to suggest possible ways to improve the monitoring process. Ability to write comprehensive reports and summaries of scientific literature in nutrition and obesity. Ability to collaborate with data management personnel and other investigators on creation of protocol for monitoring data transfer to the RCU.

Ability to plan and support study wide meetings. Able to collect, monitor and manage qualitative and quantitative data as required by research or program protocols and maintain quality control and assurance. Able to use Excel, SAS, or other statistical analysis software to collect, store and organize data. Able to perform data cleaning (reviewing it for accuracy, integrity, and evaluating estimates for appropriateness, reasonableness, and validity), and to report or summarize trends in data/information. Able to prepare documentation describing estimation procedures and interpreting results.

Ability to lead exchange of research information in a professional and collegial manner. Ability to contribute to preparation and presentation of publications, reports, or policies. Ability to independently provide consultation to clients or others related to the specific project/program. Ability to develop and/or create informational products.

Ability to train others in the performance of specialized data collection and analysis methodologies and data/information analysis tools. Ability to document research methodologies and results in reports and/or publications. Ability to train others in procedures.

Candidates must have outstanding written and verbal communication skills and final candidates may be required to submit a sample of professional writing or to demonstrate professional writing during the interview process. Candidates must have exceptional organizational skills, attendance to details and ability to multi-task. In addition, candidates must demonstrate outstanding skills with desktop software (including Excel and Powerpoint).

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in public health, health behavior, communication, exercise science, nutrition, psychology, biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology or related field, preferred. A minimum of two years work experience is preferred. Data analysis experience in SAS is preferred.

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

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

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    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




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    Posted: 10/13/2020
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