Research Associate

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Research Associate

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EP - EHRA 12 mo leave earning

University Information:

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is 1 of only 57 doctoral institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for both higher research activity and community engagement. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC System institutions, UNC Greensboro is one of the most diverse universities in the state with 20,000+ students, and 3,000+ faculty and staff members representing 90+ nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 125 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNC Greensboro is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

Through excellence in teaching, research, and service, the Department of Kinesiology integrates the multi-disciplinary study of movement and application of lifetime physical activity to prepare professionals (teachers, clinicians, scientists, faculty) at both the undergraduate and graduate level to enhance the health, physical activity, physical performance, and well-being of individuals across the lifespan in diverse contexts.

Position Summary:

This position directly supports the multi-disciplinary nature of the research mission in Kinesiology. Dr. Jennifer Etnier, Department of Kinesiology, is inviting applications for a research position working on the Physical Activity and Alzheimer’s Disease (PAAD)-2 study. PAAD-2 is a phase II clinical trial supported by the National Institute of Aging. This 5-year study will explore the effects of a 1-year physical activity program on cognitive performance by cognitively normal adults with a family history of Alzheimer’s. The Research Associate will be primarily responsible for independently conducting submaximal fitness tests, drawing blood, and conducting assays on blood samples, but will be cross-trained and expected to support the project in other ways as needed. The person in this role may also assist with training and monitoring of exercise specialists. This position will work closely with the investigative team and will have the opportunity to participate in and take the lead on publications using data from this and other related projects and will help supervise graduate students working on the project.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD or ABD in Kinesiology, Biology, or related fields. The candidate must have and maintain CPR certification, be a trained technician in phlebotomy or have phlebotomy certification, have training and experience in the collection and analysis of blood samples using ELISA-based methods, and have experience in the conductance of submaximal fitness tests using a metabolic cart with middle-aged to older adults.

Additional Required Certifications, Licensures, and Certificates:

CPR Certification

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong research background with excellent data collection, data management, and quantitative data analysis skills and a strong commitment to the success of this funded project. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in following appropriate safety precautions while conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number

Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range:

Competitive and commensurate with experience.

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Kinesiology - 13003

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Key Responsibility:

Data Collection

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Collection of blood and saliva samples, HR variability data, and submaximal fitness data.

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Conducting ELISA-based and other assays on blood samples.

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Data Analysis

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Quantitative analysis skills, with particular focus on statistical analyses using SPSS, R, and MatLab.

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Manuscript Preparation

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Work closely with the investigative team and will have the opportunity to participate in and take the lead on publications using data from this and other related projects.

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Independent Research

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Identify ancillary research questions relevant to the PAAD-2 trial, to collaborative efforts with other KIN faculty, or to your own independent line of research to develop presentations, publications, and/or grant proposals.

Physical Effort:

Hand Movement-Repetitive Motions - F, Finger Dexterity - F, Vision-Skilled Trades - C, Reading - F, Writing - F, Eye-hand coordination - F, Vision-Preparing/Analyzing figures - F, Vision-Visual inspection - F, Hearing - F, Talking - F, Standing - O

Work Environment:

Inside - C




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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time