Research Specialist

Employer
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location
Chapel Hill, NC
Closing date
Oct 12, 2021

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:

No

Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist - Journey

Working Title:

Research Specialist

Position Number:

20038800

Vacancy ID:

P013047

Budgeted Hiring Range:

$45,000 - $66,831

Pay Band Information:

To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

Salary Grade Equivalent:

GN11

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

Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week:

40

Work Schedule:

M-F, 8-5

Department Name and Number:

Biostatistics - CSCC-462002

Date First Posted:

07/13/2021

Closing Date:

07/30/2021

Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

| The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) is a division within the Department of Biostatistics of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (UNC). As the coordinating center for numerous multi-center clinical trials and epidemiology studies, the CSCC provides study design, data management, statistical analysis, quality assurance, and study management services to a broad array of projects funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The organization includes faculty from the departments of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Medicine and research staff with training and experience in biostatistics, epidemiology, medicine, computer science/data management, and project management. Total employees currently number between 100 and 105. The CSCC was established in 1971 as the Lipid Research Clinics (LRC) Coordinating Center and has operated continually since that time. To reflect the addition of new studies and expansion into new research areas, the LRC Coordinating Center changed its name to the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) in 1984. Major research programs currently include the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC), Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN), Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program as part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (HEAL); Subpopulations and Intermediate Outcome Measures in COPD Study (SPIROMICS); Biological Underpinning of COPD Heterogeneity and Progression (SPIROMICS II); Women’s Health Initiative Extension (WHI) and WHISH-2 Prevent Heart Failure substudies of WHI; Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation Prone Asthma Network (PrecISE); Hispanic Community Health Study (HCHS); and Preconceptional Health of Latinas and its Association with Child Adiposity (HCHS-FLOR). Information on these as well as others can be found at http://www.cscc.unc.edu/cscc/index.php

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.

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

Position Description:

The Social/Clinical Research Specialist works within a study team directed by a project manager and principal investigators (faculty). This position plays an important role in the Coordinating Center’s operational support for the needs of one or more studies, often managing specific projects within them. It requires the ability to both independently plan, organize, conduct, and evaluate public health research, working collaboratively within a team environment. The role may include document writing and the development of study reports in Spanish and English, designing and implementing training sessions for bilingual field center staff, providing project management support, developing systems to evaluate and manage research in a minority population, conducting monitoring visits and providing consultation in Spanish/English to field center staff, using problem solving skills to respond to study needs and coordinating and supporting the work of study committees. The level and responsibility of this position can vary from assisting in or managing projects to overseeing and directing others such as student assistants within project teams. The position may also be responsible for clinical research activities on an FDA-regulated study including the coordination and monitoring of clinical study conduct and data quality.

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:

This position requires a basic understanding of scientific principles, methods, results presentation and reporting. Knowledge of applied aspects of observational and clinical study design, data analysis, research data management and reporting through education or work experience is required. Fluency in Spanish and English spoken language and written communication is essential to this position. Candidates must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision; strong attention to detail; and an ability to handle deadlines, confidential information and apply flexibility with priorities. Proficiency with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other MS Office and electronic mail software, and experience with electronic informational resources (including the internet and informational databases) is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree and at least four years of experience in clinical research is preferred. Certified Clinical Research Professional Certification (CCRP) a plus. The candidate will ideally have familiarity with FDA and/or NIH regulatory reporting requirements and other regulatory functions, including centralized IRBs and have experience with protocol development. Prior experience in either a clinical research or observational study, particularly in a coordinating center setting, is preferred for successful integration into the multi-disciplinary team. Medical exposure or background is preferable. Absolute accuracy is required in the work of this position. Published results of the study depend upon accuracy in all phases of work. This position contributes to accuracy of work performed by all personnel on the study. This position maintains regular, ongoing contact with primary personnel involved in the study, in particular the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, faculty collaborators and the project manager. This person will need strong working relationships with other Coordinating Center staff in order to handle responsibilities that affect their duties and vice versa. Good judgment and discretion will often be needed, as well as an ability to prioritize and act quickly to deal with issues and research needs. Flexibility in dealing with immediate and long-term needs will require a wide variety of interactions and skill in organizing and follow-up. Confidentiality in this research program, as with all other Center research that involves human subjects, is essential. Typical examples of contacts by this position include the following:• Faculty investigator to discuss research and administrative issues, plan actions and respond to protocol;• CSCC researchers and project team members to identify and resolve problems, plan additional actions, review progress;• Study coordinators to provide and receive information in Spanish and English;• Clinical center principal investigators and study coordinators to evaluate and provide study related information in Spanish and English.

Stimulus/ARRA Funded:

No

Organization

The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.


Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television. housing.unc.edu

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid. studentaid.unc.edu

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services. www.unc.edu/depts/career

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI. www.unc.edu/cci

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. www.unc.edu/depts/abroad

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies. www.unc.edu/depts/honors

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them! www.unc.edu/depts/union/student/listintr.htm

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