Soc/Clin Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

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Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist - Advanced

Working Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$65,500 - $75,000

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

3 years

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Work Schedule:

M-F, 8 am – 5 pm

Department Name and Number:

Aging and Health - Center-428401

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Center for Aging & Health (CAH) formerly the Program on Aging (POA) and the Division of Geriatric Medicine (DGM) are organizations within the School of Medicine. Both organizations report to Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead, Director of CAH and Division Chief. The POA was established in 1979 and the Division was established in 2003. The CAH is an interdisciplinary group of professionals who promote the health and well-being of older citizens. The mission is to promote collaborative basic and clinical science research in aging, to develop innovative geriatrics and gerontological education programs for physicians and multidisciplinary health professionals and to provide consultation to agencies who serve older citizens. The CAH is ranked a top 20 program nationally.

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:


This position will plan, design and evaluate research methods and quality controls; report design alternatives to investigators; write research progress or final reports for current research projects; and assist in writing/formatting manuscripts for publication and abstracts for submission to conferences.

This position will work with faculty to write new grant proposals, including to federal agencies, and foundations. This can include preliminary literature searches and research of possible funding opportunities, developing research proposals for submission to funding agencies. This includes designing research models to be used to conduct the research, and developing the methods for the analysis of the research data. This position will be responsible for writing all components of the research proposal.

This position will also plan, organize, collect, record, and present data information within defined research parameters. and develop methods to include procedures, implementation, and evaluation standards of the research data. They will enter data electronically and/or manually for the study to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the data collection. Data must be entered in a timely manner so as to comply with study procedures and protocol. The Soc/Clin Research Specialist will also assist with recruiting, retaining and consent subjects activities as well as screening, and interacting with potential study participants; prepare IRB application/consent forms for initial submission; ensure consent forms meet all HIPAA and regulatory requirements; ensure annual IRB approval; ensure submission to IRB of ongoing protocol amendments and adverse events/safety issues; respond to IRB concerns on behalf of PI; ensure all regulatory requirements are completed/submitted per FDA regulations; and assist in preparation of new data use agreements, renewals, and data purchasing requests for submission to University of North Carolina Office of Sponsored Research, NC TraCS, or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

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:

Individual must have a comprehensive knowledge of research principles, study design, methods of data/information collection and analysis to develop strategies and policies that guide projects and programs. Knowledge of statistics to interpret complex data and communicate trends and probable outcomes, preferably both qualitative and quantitative. Candidate must be familiar with quantitative statistical methods including basic statistical comparisons (t-test, chi-squared, etc.) and simple regression techniques (linear, logistic). Candidate must be familiar with qualitative research methodology.

This individual must have the required training/experience in order to plan and design data collection and analysis. Knowledge of quality controls, and report design alternatives is essential.

Individual must be able to define standards for data collection, in order to set up standards for accuracy, validity and integrity. Ability to trouble-shoot and resolve quality control issues is required. Statistical knowledge to determine the best method to analyze data is required.

This individual must be able to develop methods to evaluate and interpret guidelines, and amend estimation methodology and procedures as warranted.

This position must be able to effectively communicate with funding agencies and investigators regarding the research projects. This includes writing research proposals to funding agencies, preparing reports to provide accurate documentation of the research project, data collection and analyses, outcomes.

Must have research project management experience.

Effective communication/writing skills are required for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s or Doctorate degree in research, statistical, or public health related field preferred. Research experience at an academic medical center preferred. Knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data is preferred. Familiarity with common statistical software packages (SPSS or Stata) and qualitative software packages (Atlas.ti, NVivo, etc) preferred.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 4/29/2021
Application Due: 5/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time