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Research Associate

East Carolina University

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title:

Research Associate

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Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH Kinesiology

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Division :

Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Research Associate

Working Title :

Research Associate

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Full Time Equivalent (FTE) :


Full Time or Part Time :

Full Time

Recruitment Range:

$64,000 - $66,400

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Job Category :

Non-Faculty Instructional & Research

Organizational Unit Overview:

The College of Health and Human Performance provides instruction, conducts research, and performs service in health education and promotion, kinesiology, human development and family science, social work, interior design and merchandising, and recreation sciences. The mission of the College of Health and Human Performance is to improve health, well-being, and quality of life. The primary focus of the college is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning maintenance and enhancement of health and quality of life.

Job Duties :

The primary project and research will take place in a laboratory setting and involve directing and advancing a project funded by the Office of Naval Research and supervised by Drs. Nick Murray and Zac Domire. The position will take a leadership role in three areas: (1) A grant looking at the effects of repetitive loading on biomechanical markers of neurological function among fast-boat crew members, (2) a grant looking at neck pain among pilots, and (3) independent management and leadership of Kinesiology biomechanics and motor control group research services. The first project assesses biomechanical and sensorimotor markers of neural function (brain imaging, balance control, and eye tracking) on personnel post fast boat exposure. The project will assess magnitude of boat acceleration is related to evidence of neural function, including how factors of head acceleration (e.g., frequency, slow, magnitude, and impulse) and neck strength that might influence biomechanical markers of neurological function. The project will also assess how role (boat operators and riders) interacts with load on changes to neural function. This work could lead to physical training interventions and/or refinements of boat design that will aid in improving warfighter health and maximizing readiness. This will require independent travel for data collection that, among other possible locations, will include US military bases. Specifically, this position will travel to enroll participants and collect balance, EEG, and eye tracking data. This position will be responsible for scientific writing including conference abstracts, manuscripts, grant reports, and future grant applications. The second project seeks to better understand the role of helmet design and posture on neck pain development using ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE). This project will the interaction of neck posture and helmet design on neck muscle activation utilizing SWE, test the role of flight exposure and training on the interaction of helmet design and posture by comparing fighter jet and helicopter pilots, utilize multiscale muscle-nerve interaction in silico modeling to understand how altered neck muscle activation may lead to development of neck pain, and investigate the role of helmet system mass and center of mass location on neck muscle activation utilizing SWE. Specifically, this position will enroll participants and ECU and at offsite locations. This position will be responsible for neck imaging and data collection. This position will ensure the data will meet the needs for neck modeling. This position will be responsible for scientific writing including conference abstracts, manuscripts, grant reports, and future grant applications.

Leadership of Biomechanics and Motor Control Group Research Services – 50%
This position will provide comprehensive educational and technical leadership for faculty working in biomechanics and motor control with The Department of Kinesiology. A primary responsibility of the position will be to manage shared resources. This will include being responsible for hardware and software maintenance, scheduling, and training of students (BS, MS, and PhD). The position is responsible for monitoring inventory of research disposables. This manager will lead supervision and procedures for use of shared equipment and resources. This will include maintaining a technical manual for key shared equipment that supports student training; being responsible for procurement of research disposables and cost accounting; and, troubleshooting/repair of laboratory equipment.

Leading Research Projects – 20%
This position is responsible for managing and administering planned, laboratory-based research program, including planning, developing, and implementing activities, protocols, and timelines to implement and evaluate the program. The position will leverage considerable independent decision making to advance the research project, ensure timelines are met, and manage program resources, including budgets and will travel for data collection. The position will monitor activities across an array of university and military partners associated with the program and will identify and implement communication strategies and procedures in consultation with the PIs and within the scope of the study protocol. Example activities may include proposing solutions to barriers, monitoring budgets, assessing appropriateness of payments for subcontracts and research participants, tracking project progress, and developing defined grant status reports. This position will mentor, assign, and monitor the work being performed by Graduate students on this project.

Data Integrity and Interpretation – 20%
This position is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of certain phases of the assigned project(s) with limited supervision from the principal investigators. Example activities coordination of data collection including scheduling and management and the development of trend analysis to ensure projected deliverables and outcomes are on track. The research associate will be responsible for ensuring that the studies are conducted in accordance with study protocols and will oversees and lead collection methods with considerable independence. A basic knowledge of research principles, study design, and methods of data collection and analysis are required. The position will monitor data and assess its integrity as well as perform basic statistical analyses, including interpreting results.

Collaboration and Relationship Development – 10%
Communicates study progress to partners, military contacts, and other research teams. Solves problems in systems, including connections between research team, partners, and funders. Example duties may include contributing to writing reports and making presentations on research data collection efforts.

Contingent upon availability of funds.

Minimum Education/Experience :

Relevant Master’s degree; or relevant BS/BA with three years of relevant work experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :


Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

Prior experience working on a research project.Professional communication skills with researchers and military partners.Laboratory research experience, including computer programming and experience with software systems.Completion of human research protections training.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must also submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references, including contact information, online.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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