Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
About the Job The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is seeking a Data Collection Lead to support recruitment and retention and data collection across two NIH-funded studies: 1) an intervention study working with families of young children; 2) a longitudinal cohort study with families with (currently) older children/adolescents. Half of the Data Collection Lead’s time would be as serving as lead data collector (doing data collection visit, managing data collectors, etc.), and the other half devoted primarily to recruitment, retention, and follow up. This person will support several projects at one time and need to have the ability to re-prioritize as needed. As this person will also be doing data collection, having evening and weekend availability is required. The position is funded through May of 2026 and will report to the study Project Director. While it is not expected that this person will have formal supervisory authority, this person will have responsibility to direct the day-to-day work of study staff.
Position Responsibilities 30% - Data Collection - Meet with families in-person (parent and child) to collect biological measurements (BP/pulse, height/weight, hair samples, waist circumference) and other child measures. Training will be provided for all study measures. - Meet with families virtually to conduct measurement visits for the Intervention study, including 24-hour dietary recalls. Ensure all study measures are complete, including ecological momentary assessment surveys, qualitative surveys, coding of video- recorded family meals. Training will be provided for all study measures.
20% - Lead other Data Collectors - Manage schedules of data collection and ensure coverage across the week - Serve as go-to person for the data collection team regarding protocols, questions, etc. - Manage day-to-day operations of data collection, including reporting, resource planning, logistics. - In partnership with the Project Director, write protocols for data collection - Manage Quality Assurance of data entered into the study’s data capture system (REDCap) - Provide training and on-going feedback for data collectors (e.g., how to conduct a visit,
35% - Recruitment, retention, and follow-up - Serve as primary contact for primary care clinics, who provide recruitment data - Under the direction of the project supervisor, lead recruitment efforts of the Intervention study, including identifying potential participants (from primary clinic data), and overseeing recruitment of participants through letters and one-on-one contacts (e.g., phone calls) - Oversee retention efforts of longitudinal cohort study, including assigning follow-up/retention calls, ensuring follow-up/retention letters are sent, etc. - Direct the work of study staff to ensure that recruitment, follow-up, and retention efforts are completed each week - Create consort tables for both studies and provide updates at team meetings - Report to Research Manager and give frequent updates about recruitment
15% - Other Study Tasks - Conduct Quality Assurance of collected data, including on 24-hour dietary recall - Monitor study email and phones - Attend all-team study meetings and meetings with the study leadership team - Create protocols for data collection as needed - Assist with training staff on data collection measures - Assist in IRB submissions, including updating consent forms and other minor study modifications
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including: - Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave - Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans - Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts - Excellent retirement plans with employer match - Disability and employer paid life insurance - Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums - Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition - Student loan forgiveness opportunity - Opportunities for growth and promotion - Employee Assistance Program For more information regarding benefits: https://humanresources.umn.edu/sites/humanresources.umn.edu/files/2021_tcd-cslr-75100-ben-0105-7_final.pdf
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Required Qualifications: - BA/BS with at least 2 full time years of research experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 6 years full time years - Data collection experience - Experience working with families and children - Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and planning skills. - Ability to work independently, as a part of a team, and adapt to emerging priorities. - Demonstrated ability to set and maintain deadlines, and prioritize assignments. - Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. - Creative thinking and problem solving skills. - Experience with REDCap data management system or equivalent - Evening and weekend availability
Preferred Qualifications: - Background in a nutrition or behavioral health field - Experience working on a research team - Experience directing work of others - Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team - Ability to take direction from multiple stakeholders, including community partners - Data management skills - Data collection of biological measures - Experience using NDS-R database - Reliable transportation
Internal Number: 340785
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