Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Social/Clinical Research Assistant - Journey

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Social/Clinical Research Assistant

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Full-Time Permanent

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Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Name and Number:

Public Policy-316400

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) is a research group affiliated with UNC Public Policy. The staff and fellows at EPIC produce rigorous evaluations and research that inform public policy decisions. The research group is primarily funded through state, federal, and foundation research grants. The researchers at EPIC conduct policy-relevant education research and evaluation through data management, rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses, protocol development, and primary data collection. The research team currently includes faculty research fellows, research associates, graduate research associates, and needs a mixed-methods research specialist to provide support to principal investigators on several multi-year projects.

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 position will be fully grant-funded and the candidate will partner closely with the PIs and co-PI’s to manage research activities in accordance with the project objectives and study timelines. The role will be actively involved with preparation, management, and maintenance of project related survey data, as well as some limited participation with the research design and implementation. The job will provide study implementation and reporting feedback to the investigators. Responsibilities center on data collection, management, and analysis and will be responsible for data management through active quality control, auditing, and validation activities. The candidate will be expected to ensure data integrity with orderly data collection and analysis through utilization of MS Office Suite, Dedoose, Atlas.ti, Stata, and UNC customized systems and tools. IRB documentation and report assistance will also be included. Research Study Development and Implementation. Participate with some research design and implementation aspects of study. Coordinate tasks of the study with the PI and provide status reports to the PI as appropriate. Assist with study integrity and evaluation by providing feedback on the assigned tasks/outcomes to the PI. Participant Outreach and Intake. Lead and independently handle tasks/activities involving the recruitment of teachers and principals to participate in research studies through written and oral communications. Schedule appointments for observations and/or interviews via telephone or email and maintain database of all appointments. Manage communications between schools and staff by confirming appointments and managing follow up communications post-appointment. Reporting and Records. Assist investigators with literature reviews including finding, summarizing, and combining literature into table format for use in proposal submissions and project deliverables. Partner with investigators on tasks associated with graphically displaying findings in reports, briefs, and other project deliverables. Work closely with investigators in preparing, reviewing and tracking IRB study renewals and other documents ensuring IRB decisions. Assist with quality control. Data Management and Analysis. Assist with data entry, data cleaning, storage and organization of study records. Create code books and coding transcripts utilizing qualitative software such as Dedoose, Atlas.ti, and/or InVivo. Ability to work independently from written materials and instructions. Management of qualitative data from multiple sources, including interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Tasks include maintenance of primary and secondary data integrity in accordance with IRB requirement and combining data for analysis purposes. Data Collection. Assist investigators with the preparation and cleaning of quantitative survey data for analysis. Tasks include, but are not limited to, creating surveys in Qualtrics, managing their deployment, downloading data, verifying its accuracy, and sorting data accordingly to create required datasets for analysis. Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the research principles and methods of data entry, collection, and analysis to complete defined assignments independently, and knowledge of statistics and information technology to apply a variety of statistical techniques and formulae in the collection and preparation of data/information related to defined research area. The ability to organize, collect, record and present data/information within defined research parameters, to ensure quality control, summarize data/information collected, carry out collection and screening under close supervision when atypical methods are used, and to compile and organize data/information from different sources to develop reports using established formats. The ability to lead and update exchange of research information through dialog, instruction, and demonstration; and contribute to preparation of publications, reports, and other presentations of compiled results.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with qualitative coding of research interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Technical ability to: build qualitative coding structures and subsequently code transcripts for a variety of research and evaluation project. Demonstrated ability with: organization both tasks and time, detailed work, problem-solving, multi-tasking, and priority determination.

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Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time