Research Assistant

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

December 6, 2021


Posting Information Department Social Medicine-424901

Career Area Research Professionals Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 11/23/2021 Application Deadline 12/06/2021 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Advanced Salary Grade Equivalent GN10 Working Title Research Assistant Position Number 20041071 Vacancy ID P013982 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 3 Years Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Work Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range $48,000 - $54,000 Pay Band Information

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

UNC Center for Health Equity Research is a vibrant intellectual home for health equity research and innovation at UNC-Chapel Hill and aims for global recognition of its role as a leader in the field. The work of the Center will bring together scholars, trainees and community members from diverse disciplines to form collaborative multidisciplinary teams with a shared commitment to health equity, innovation and translational research. This shared commitment will serve as a bridge among their disciplines and levels of experience. Center members generate new knowledge and contribute to the science of health equity research thus driving innovation in collaboration with underserved communities to improve health.

The Center for Health Equity Research is located at the UNC Department of Social Medicine in the School of Medicine.

The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.

OUR VISION Our vision is to be the nation's leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.

OUR MISSION Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.

Education: We will prepare tomorrow's health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team- oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.

Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Position Summary

Flexible work arrangements, including remote/hybrid work locations, are an integral part of the School of Medicine's Working Forward initiative. As such, this position's work location is designated as hybrid. Please note that the designated work location is subject to change based on the unit's business needs.

This position will be housed within the UNC Center for Health Equity Research and will work directly with Research team staff, the directors, and external stakeholders. They will be responsible for providing research and/or evaluation support for the day-to-day activities of funded programs and projects under the purview of the Center. The purpose of this position is to assist the research team in the development and preparation of research and training materials, including protocols, administrative duties, and IRB preparation and submission.

The hired candidate will be responsible for implementing research activities on multiple aspects of research studies in the Director and Associate Director's portfolio in assistance with the Project Coordinator and other research staff, including: research administration, task and milestone reporting, data compilation and visualization; preparation of applications and modifications to the Institutional Review Board; preparing and submitting progress and data reports; communicating with the research team and community research partners; subject recruitment and enrollment; and data collection, management, analysis, and report development; and survey development and administration. In this position, the successful candidate will not only be required to work with diverse research teams, but also be able to work independently on tasks assigned to them.

This hired candidate will manage the complex data collection schedule of all researchers on the team to ensure all project goals are met by protocol deadlines. The hired candidate will coordinate, collect, and analyze data and provide feedback and guidance on protocol development and reports. As assigned, the candidate will independently conduct literature searches and synthesis; summarize data to organize and prepare reports and presentations; and provide recommendations on and contribute to manuscripts.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

-Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously. Because this position involves working on multiple projects, excellent organizational and time management skills and the ability to consistently follow through and follow up with assignments of others are critical. -Strong organizational skills -Strong research and analytical skills -Knowledge of study design, data management and project coordination -Knowledge of fundamental concepts of collecting and processing research data -MS Office suite experience required. -Ability to clearly, concisely, professionally, and effectively communicate in writing and verbally with staff, faculty, and individuals in other organizations, including report writing, publications, and presentations. -Ability to work independently, identify needs and develop and implement improvements -Qualitative or quantitative data analysis software experience required (e.g. NVivo, Atlas.ti, SPSS, SAS, STATA, R, REDCap, etc.). -Meticulous and detail-oriented, able to understand the structure and constraints of different kinds of data and conduct data collection plans, database/data management plans, and analyses accordingly.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Master of Public Health or equivalent degree preferred. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Experience working across multiple projects and full lifespan of projects (grant writing through dissemination of findings) Experience building relationships with stakeholders that represent varied interests (grant funders, community-based partners, etc.). Experience in implementation science, cross-disciplinary teams, clinical trials, community-or stakeholder-engaged research, and/or health equity research.

Required Licenses/Certifications Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

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Office of Human Resources Contact Information

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

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.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Briefly describe your previous experience with research.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Briefly describe your experience using Microsoft Office Suite and statistical software (SPSS, REDCap, etc.) to analyze or present data.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Assistant position.
  • Bachelor's, Master's, and/or Doctorate in any field.
  • Associate's in any field and at least 2 years of experience.
  • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 4 years of related experience (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 3 years of experience).
  • High School diploma/GED and at least 4 years of related experience.
  • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and experience to equal 8 years. (ex. 3 years of high school and 5 years of experience).
  • None of the above