CFAR SBS Core Coordinator

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School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

CFAR SBS Core Coordinator

NOTE: This position is 100% sponsored research and is a term position (once funding ends the position ends unless there is continued funding).

Type of Research:

Social science research in HIV prevention and treatment.

Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Core:

The Duke CFAR SBS Core ( provides services to Duke investigators to enhance the conduct of innovative social and behavioral science research related to HIV/AIDS. Our services include assistance with early planning and grant preparation, peer review, post-award consultation, training and capacity building, networking and community engagement, mentorship of early stage investigators, and dissemination of study findings and manuscript preparation. The research coordinator will work closely with the SBS Core Director and Associate Directors.

General Description:

This position will be heavily engaged in supporting SBS investigators in writing grant applications and manuscripts. This position will also lead all day-to-day operations of the Duke CFAR SBS Core.


Grant and manuscript writing activities will include:

1) partnering with SBS investigators to prepare grant applications, including developing substantial portions of funding proposals and grants with investigator guidance, conducting literature reviews, writing letters of support, and writing supplemental materials;

2) creating, maintaining, and communicating with investigators on open NIH grant opportunities;

3) coordinating and participating in peer reviews of grant applications;

4) creating, maintaining, and communicating with investigators on literature reviews on key SBS-related HIV topics; and

5) partnering with SBS investigators to contribute to the development of scientific publications or presentations.

Coordinating activities will include:

1) leading the development and writing of all quarterly newsletters, including conducting interviews with SBS investigators and writing investigator highlight stories;

2) preparing necessary CFAR SBS documents, including NIH annual review documents and the SBS Core renewal application;

3) coordinating and participating in SBS Core Team meetings;

4) documenting delivery of SBS Core service activities;

5) compiling a publications list of CFAR affiliated investigators;

6) managing the SBS listserv and website;

7) planning, organizing, and participating in SBS events, including an SBS retreat, SBS networking events, and regular expert talks that foster learning and networking among HIV researchers;

8) representing SBS Core at Duke and community events, interfacing with existing community partners (e.g., assisting with the planning and coordinating community-academic initiatives), and assisting in building working relationships with new community partners;

9) leading the development of Duke CFAR-wide member surveys;

10) managing the SBS Core budget, including tracking and documenting expenses as well as providing projections for future spending;

11) overseeing dissemination and marketing of the CFAR SBS Core services; and

12) liaising with other CFAR Cores and Working Groups to support the conduct of high-quality inter-disciplinary research.

Data collection, management, and analysis:

1) recruiting and scheduling interviews and focus groups;

2) conducting participant interviews and/or focus groups;

3) conducting qualitative data analysis ;

4) assisting with the development of scientific publications or presentations, including serving as co-author when appropriate;

5) developing study standard operating procedures;

6) following SOPs for quality assurance;

7) following required processes, policies, and systems to ensure data security and provenance;

8) consenting study participants;

9) managing participant payments; and

10) preparing materials for team meetings.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Bachelor's degree in English, communications, business or a related field with demonstration of understanding of and familiarity with a broad range of science or technical subject matter is preferred. Advanced degree is highly desirable.


Three years of experience working with extramural grants and contracts


Preferred candidates will:

  1. Have experience in conducting literature reviews
  2. Can easily use computing software and web-based applications (e.g., Microsoft Office products)
  3. Professional written and verbal communication (candidate will be expected to provide writing samples)
  4. Possess strong project coordination skills
  5. Be able to work with diverse populations from a variety of settings
  6. Have experience working on qualitative research studies


  1. Experience with qualitative methodologies and online survey tools preferred

All projects require team-based work that lends itself to extensive collaboration; on-line and in-person meetings facilitate this type of collaboration more readily. Once all return-to-work policies are enacted, the position must be able to work regularly at the downtown Durham (NC) office.

NOTE: This position is 100% sponsored research and is a term position (once funding ends the position ends unless there is continued funding).

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 2/14/2021
Application Due: 3/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time