Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
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The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
The Department of Global Health has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Research Coordinator
This position will sit in the Global Center for the Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) that is based in the University of Washington Departments of Global Health, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics. Our mission is to make scientific discoveries, cultivate leaders, and bridge disciplines to advance the tightly connected health and well-being of women, adolescents and children. Global WACh brings together expertise in maternal health from the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, neonatal and child health expertise from the Department of Pediatrics, and vast experience working in infectious disease, health metrics and evaluation, education, clinical research, and service delivery within the Department of Global Health. These disciplines combine under a methodology that views women, children, and adolescents as three populations interconnected along a shared life course.
Position purpose and complexities The Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) is seeking to hire a full-time (100% FTE) Research Coordinator to on studies focused on COVID-19 and pregnancy. The Research Coordinator will work on studies focused on SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in pregnancy within Global WACh including studies evaluating seroprevalence in pregnant women, household transmission and antibody responses in household members, as well as transplacental transfer and durability of maternally derived antibodies in mothers and infants.
The position will work under the supervision of Dr. Alison Drake, Assistant Professor in Global Health, and Dr. Sylvia LaCourse, Assistant Professor in Medicine (Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and Global Health at the University of Washington. The Research Coordinator will also work closely with collaborators within the Departments of OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Lab Medicine.
This position plays a key role in the coordination and management of research activities, including regular communication with investigators and project staff based in Seattle. The Research Coordinator will support the operational activities of the projects, including but not limited to: developing and revising standard operating procedures and database systems, conducting data quality monitoring, generating progress reports, and responding to staff and leadership inquiries regarding study procedures. The Research Coordinator will also be responsible for managing ethical approval submissions to institutional review boards, as well as ensure completion of any required reporting to funding institutions. Additionally, the Research Coordinator will be involved in consenting participants for enrollment into studies as well as follow-up surveys. This position requires the ability to compile and synthesize information from the literature and technical discussions to provide input on study design and methods most appropriate for a given project, as well as develop conference abstracts and presentations on study objectives and results. An additional component of the work will include coordination of a growing repository of data and samples from completed studies that can be used as the basis for additional studies.
Strong communication skills, experience with data analysis in STAT (or R), familiarity with REDCap, and interest in pregnancy and neonatal health are desired.
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Create headings by areas of work and list bulleted responsibilities below. Include % of time next to each heading in increments no less than 5%. FTE must equal 100% even for part-time positions.
Project Coordination (40%):
•Coordinate ongoing study activities and respond to project staff questions and concerns (15%) •Serve as the liaison for inventory, tracking, and transporting sample collection supplies and specimens between clinical and laboratory sites (10%) •Lead the team’s ethical review process in preparing and submitting materials for boards at UW, and the partner institutions as needed (10%) •Lead weekly meeting between collaborators in Seattle (5%)
Data Management (30%)
•Lead development of data management systems and oversee data quality monitoring (15%) •Responsible for data analysis, report generation, and manuscript writing (10%) •Help to coordinate our growing repository of samples and data collected (5%)
•Responsible for preparing reports and presentations (5%) •Conduct literature reviews (5%)
POSITION REQUIREMENTS/DEGREE EXPERIENCE:
•Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, or other health-related field •Minimum 3 years of experience in related field •Skills, knowledge, and experience working in epidemiology, or public studies.
•Master's Degree or PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, or other health-related field •PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, or health-related field •Excellent communication and writing skills •Excellent organizational and project management skills •Ability to work independently •Excellent computer skills with knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint (or similar packages) •Fluency in analysis and coding with statistical software packages (Stata, R etc) •Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication •Experience with REDCap including mobile REDCap databases •Experience with participant informed consent •Fluency in Spanish is a plus
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Due to COVID-19 primary work location may initially be remote. Primary work location with be at the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health on the University of Washington Campus. The Research Coordiantor will have a designated work space in the GWACh work area.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY The Department of Global Health recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
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