Research Associate-Project Manager

Chapel Hill, Orange County
Aug 01, 2014

Department: Carolina Population Center

Application Deadline: 08/31/2014

Position Summary: This position is project manager for field operations for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a 22.7 million grant for a program project that encompasses two cores and four research projects that will involve collection of a fifth wave of data from a cohort of 20,000 participants who have been in the study for 20 years. This project is based at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill ( This position oversees a large original data collection effort performed by multiple major subcontractors, assists with keeping track of the cohort by developing retention plans and timelines, coordinates development of questionnaire materials and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for data and specimen collection, and works with data staff on the transfer of sensitive information across subcontracting partners to ensure study participant information is accurately and securely transferred. This position will work closely with the research team which includes experts in sociology, maternal and child health, epidemiology, and data collection management. This person will be a member of senior management, is responsible for the project's day-to-day research activities involving data collection and field operations, works closely with the 11 project faculty investigators, and coordinates field activities across the subcontractors and data staff. S he works with a variety of researchers and staff, must have a combination of scientific knowledge, research experience, and interpersonal and management skills, and a combination of theoretical knowledge of research and interviewing techniques with practical application in field research. S he receives general guidance from researchers senior staff and implements them with various individuals. S he must be able to develop research operational plans, coordinate a large research team, write clearly, and supervise support staff. S he may assist with writing manuscripts.

Education Requirements: A master's degree in social science, public health, or related area is required.

Qualification and Experience: A minimum of one year of experience in managing or directing a complex research project is desirable, preferably within a university setting. Experience with field operations for major data collection efforts, especially those involving collection of biological specimens highly desirable. Candidate must be able to develop implementation plans for research and technical activities, write clearly, and coordinate activities among a variety of individuals. S he must have outstanding organizational and management skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills. S he must be motivated and take initiative. Familiarity with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) is desirable, as is experience using statistical packages (e.g., SAS, Stata) to run descriptive statistics. S he must be able to develop timelines and budgets, anticipate and solve problems, prioritize competing demands, and work independently. A demonstrated ability to work and collaborate within and across teams both inside and outside the organization is essential.

Department Contact Name and Title: Connie Padgett, Dept Mgr

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