Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Classification Title: Research Assistant
Department: Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Percent of Time: 100%
Staff Type: Professional & Scientific
Type of Position: Regular
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States-is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®
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University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics-recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States-is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. In 2018-19 seven of our adult care specialties were ranked among the nation's best, including otolaryngology (3rd), ophthalmology (7th), orthopedics (14th), cancer (18th), urology (34th), pulmonology (39th), and gynecology (50th).
The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is a highly ranked medical school where students learn to become accomplished clinicians and top-flight researchers and educators. Students come to Iowa to study medicine in a program that uses case-based learning as the basis of their education. With its emphasis on problem-solving skills, early exposure to patients, and enhanced community-based experiences, UI medical students typically earn impressive scores on Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination and successfully "match" with top-quality residency programs around the country.
Our mission is to inspire and educate world class health care providers and scientists for the people of Iowa and our global community.
Researchers in the College's over 280 laboratories are served by state-of-the-art core research facilities and research support facilities. Much of the research conducted is interdisciplinary and collaborations are fostered and coordinated through major research centers, institutes and programs. Many faculty members are internationally renowned for their research. Two faculty members are Howard Hughes Institute Investigators, 12 are members of the Institute of Medicine and two are members of the National Academy of Sciences.
The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation's best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.
Position Summary: Contribute to the success of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation by conducting clinical orthopedic spine research. This position will conduct research trials, ongoing prospective and retrospective studies. Research will be focused on hypothesis generation, design and execution of spine research studies and randomized clinical trials focusing on combating the opioid epidemic, including optimal weaning strategies tailored upon individual risk-assessments; health care disparity; outcomes predictions; and cost-containment. The position will also have some project management responsibilities. These will specifically include helping coordinate multi-disciplinary hospital meetings regarding bundled payments in spine surgery.
Perform research activities based upon protocols developed by the principal investigator of the research project or other department research staff, working closely with Dr. Pugely on his projects.
Read and review articles as directed. As individual skills develop, analyze literature to develop hypothesis for discussion with other researchers or principal investigator.
Read and understand protocols. As individual skills develop, troubleshoot and analyze protocols; propose modifications to other researchers or principal investigator.
Arrange and plan daily activities to prepare for research protocols. As individual skills develop, perform complex techniques as outlined in research protocols and test and evaluate current procedures.
Record and consolidate data as directed by Principal Investigator (PI). Track progress/success of research project.
Coordinate IRB submissions and queries for research approvals.
Develop and monitor quality controls.
Collect, track, and perform data entry for reports. Prepare materials for reports. As skills develop, analyze data. Prepare bibliographies and abstracts for publications. Create abstracts write up and submissions to national meetings for presentations, manuscript preparation, data analysis, predictive analytics, etc.Oversee project management of all spine research projects.
Plan, estimate, and executes projects.
Assist with detailed project plans including cost, schedule, and resource
Work with stakeholders on key questions during the planning stage.
Provide input to track project progress and status.
Produce standard project status reports.
Position may require some evenings and weekends during deadline season.
Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master's degree in a science or public health field desired.
1-3 years of experience conducting research.
Experience working with statistics and large databases/datasets.
Proficient in MS Office computer software applications.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Working knowledge of University policies, procedures and regulations.
Attention to detail, ability to multi-task, able to organize priorities, work independently to meet deadlines, and work well within a cohesive team.
Experience conducting and submitting studies for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval.
Experience coordinating randomized clinical trials, monitoring/reporting associated with clinical trials.
Experience working with software applications related to research.
Experience with project management.
Please attach a resume as part of the application process. Cover letters are not required but are highly encouraged. Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Sarah Burnett, sarah-, or Amanda Petersen. amanda-
Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 19001408_1549391725
About University of Iowa
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.