Research Specialist for Center for Addiction and Prevention Research

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-01-20
Req: R0021099

The Center for Addiction and Prevention Research (CAPR) is currently hiring for a Research Specialist. CAPR is made up by a dedicated group of multidisciplinary faculty and staff who aim to assess health risk behaviors, develop effective interventions and policies, and translate these into communities to reduce the associated health burdens. CAPR research targets vulnerable populations throughout the United States, specifically military personnel and rural Appalachians. Our faculty, staff, and collaborators are located in multiple locations across the country. CAPR research focuses primarily on the three health behaviors that contribute the most to daily-adjusted life years lost in the United States: tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and overweight/obesity. A secondary focus is to develop effective interventions to curtail the growing opiate abuse epidemic in this country. The CAPR team develops, translates and evaluates evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions. Emphasis is placed on validated treatments that are affordable, and can be easily adopted and disseminated in community settings. This position will initially work on a project related to changing undergraduate alcohol use at the University. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Help formulate research methods, suggest options for improving quality, identify potential problems, recommend solutions, and collaborate in the development of new techniques.
  • Help develop protocol and criteria and determine interview procedures.
  • Independently operate equipment and perform research techniques. May explain and demonstrate technology and equipment capabilities, operations, limitations and outcomes.
  • Collect, screen, and verify data. Conduct data analyses and interpret and implement research methodology based on outcomes of analyses.
  • Oversee participant recruitment and retention operations, with help of project manager and faculty Investigators.
  • Schedule and maintain records for meetings related to projects.
  • May help author material for publications. May participate in presentations with Principal Investigators (PIs) at meetings or conferences.
  • May supervise non-exempt research or support staff and/or student workers.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Bachelor's degree in related field. Master's in public health preferred and can substitute for 4 years of experience.
Experience: 5 year of research experience required, experience gained as a student will be considered.

To apply please visit UVA job board, and search for "R0021099" Complete the application and see below for documents to attach.

Required Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for 3 references

Please note multiple documents can be submitted in the CV/Resume Box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/22/2021
Application Due: 4/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time