Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Employment Type: Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Vacancy ID: P011959
Salary Range: $50,000 - $65,000
This position will be responsible for planning, conducting, and monitoring research projects within the Department of Family Medicine. The Principal Investigator (PI) and Medical Directors of these programs will rely heavily on this position for successful completion of all aspects of research, including but not limited to: project management; performing literature reviews; conducting quantitative/statistical analysis; conducting qualitative and survey research; data management; participant recruitment; editing manuscripts and reports; and budget management, among other research related activities. The position will work independently to manage multiple projects and is responsible for communicating directly with investigators, sponsors, regulatory bodies, participants, and the study team. Additionally, the position will take the lead on internal and external projects as they arise.
Project management and research support will be for the following multi-year projects: the Rural Residency Track Expansion and Behavioral Health Integration Program, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which focuses on further development and infrastructure around mental health care resources for UNC’s rural community practices. The E-cigarette & Cigarette Communication Project, funded by NCI and FDA, which works to innovatively develop and test communications to encourage smoking cessation among dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. The project uses qualitative interviews, eye-tracking experiments, and national surveys to design and optimize cessation campaign messages and ads. The HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award focuses on development of geriatric education for an interprofessional team of learners. Position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Independently working on the planning, implementation, and administration of research project and studies
Creating and overseeing timelines, monitoring deadlines, and preparing status reports
Coordinating research project plans and progress; anticipating issues in need of resolution; researching, developing and implementing alternative methods when needed
Assessing ongoing activities and maintaining communications within programs and associated program staff around data collection efforts and data management
Coordinating Institutional Review Board (IRB) study protocols, maintaining study documentation, and ensuring research compliance
Providing qualitative and quantitative support on multiple research projects
Organizing data/feedback from educational sessions (series of lectures, workshops, webinars)
Conducting literature reviews
Conducting qualitative interviews with e-cigarette and cigarette users via Zoom
Collecting and analyzing data from pre and post test evaluations from AGES program
Collecting information for needs assessments
Assisting with manuscript and report preparation and submission to academic journals, including writing and creating graphics and tables for presenting research findings
Developing and managing online survey instruments using Qualtrics or other online survey administration tools
Administering online and phone-based surveys
Assisting with participant recruitment
Tracking progress toward grant goals and objectives
Monitoring budgets, coordinating reimbursements and invoice payments, and calculating study-related costs
Assisting with grant proposal and preparation
Education and Experience:
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.
Strong project management skills, with demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage competing responsibilities, maintain attention to detail, and ensure work is performed in a timely manner. Strong research skills, such as reviewing scientific literature, creating data collection instruments, managing databases, and administering Institutional Review Boards (IRB) applications and protocols. Experience in quantitative research (e.g., surveys, communication experiments) is required with at least some experience with qualitative research (interviews or focus groups).
Excellent verbal, written, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in teams and independently. Ability to adapt quickly to changing responsibilities and evolving duties at different phases of the projects. Experience in the development and management of timelines and budgets. Ability to work comfortably with culturally diverse populations. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all peers, program related personnel and faculty, demonstrating initiative, and remaining calm under pressure.
Master’s degree in public health, communication, psychology, or a related field. Three years research experience. Demonstrated proficiency and experience conducting statistical analyses is highly desirable. Previous experience working in a medical and/or academic environment is preferred, as is familiarity with requirements of IRB and NIH grant regulatory requirements. Experience and interest in healthcare improvement, health communication, and/or tobacco control is preferred.
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.
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