Research Specialist

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-02
Req: R0024910
The Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia seeks a Research Specialist under the supervision of Dr. McManus. The position will require both careful management of large datasets, as well as, creative and challenging analysis of projects.

The work will be conducted using data from (1) combining multiple state datasets related to HIV care and (2) large national and state administrative databases related to hospitalizations with a focus on people with HIV. Example analysis projects include quantifying the viral suppression rates for different state programs and assessing disparities in HIV outcomes as well as analyzing trends in preventable hospitalizations for people with HIV. Opportunities to generate and present scholarly work are expected.

Research Specialist employees help to develop, design, and conduct one or more small to moderately complex research projects in line with plans. They report to one or more faculty members or senior research personnel, operate with a degree of independence, and help improve research approach and methods based on knowledge and experience. They are distinguished from Research Coordinator employees by their knowledge and ability to use a variety of research techniques, and exercise independent decision-making in their use. They may collaborate in the writing and publication process. They may help present findings at conferences and meetings.


  • Managing large and complex longitudinal study databases and maintaining detailed data dictionaries
  • Obtaining and managing publicly available databases
  • Cleaning data
  • Optimizing data analysis in R
  • Performing descriptive and statistical analyses
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Data visualization
  • Project management including helping with Institutional Review Board applications, Data Use Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and other similar documents
  • Work alongside junior analysts to complete projects with a high level of detail while meeting strict deadlines.


Education: Bachelor's degree in related field, Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Public Health, Epidemiology, or health related science is preferred.
Experience: 2 years experience in research and data and project management, 4 years experience is preferred.


  • Possess high level organizational and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to follow through on complex tasks independently and with sound judgment and emotional intelligence.
  • Experience with R and/or SAS statistical programming languages.
  • Experience managing clinical and/or epidemiologic databases
  • Experience with data visualization including generating maps and tables to demonstrate research results.
  • Proficiency in quantitative database software programs and ability to analyze and organize data.
  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis in high-performance computing environment
  • Research experience in epidemiology and/or biostatistics (study design, study management, primary data collection, data analysis) Ability to work with and mentor junior analysts.
  • Ability to manipulate complex longitudinal databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to multi-task and work independently.

  • Possess a very high attention to detail and thoroughness.

  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team

  • Ability to design and implement novel data analyses

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint), R and/or SAS

For further information regarding the application process, please contact Greg Haskins at

To apply, please visit the UVA job board, and search for “R0024910” Complete the application and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box.

Required Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter that includes a teaching statement and a summary of current research productivity and future research interests
  • Contact information for three references

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at the 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: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time