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Soc/Clin Research Assistant

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Journey
Working Title Soc/Clin Research Assistant
Position Number 20020529
Vacancy ID P007568
Budgeted Hiring Range $38,000 - $50,000
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Salary Grade Equivalent 66
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm occasional weekends/evening hours

Department Name and Number TraCS Institute-429801
Date First Posted 09/01/2017
Closing Date 09/29/2017
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Research Professionals

Position Summary Information

Department Description

North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS)

Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Position Description

The purpose of this position is to provide day-to-day management of studies focused on clinical and health informatics and to provide administrative support for the development of a Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Fellowship Program with a focus on curriculum development. This position will report directly to Dr. Arlene Chung, the Associate Director of PHCI (a subsidiary of the Bioinformatics Core of NC TraCS Institute). This individual will work closely with clinical informatics faculty researchers who are conducting funded work in health and clinical informatics research.

This position will be responsible for data quality control and monitoring, including coordinating and directing the creation of tables, lists, reports, and data queries. This position will also maintain and prepare appropriate regulator documentation for research studies and assist study sites with regulatory items. This position will also contribute to and lead the development and maintenance of study materials including forms, manuals of procedures, and protocols.

The position requires substantial capacity to independently manage and coordinate research activities and administrative activities associated with the fellowship program. He/she must have excellent interpersonal/management skills, as the position will require substantial communication and coordination with a variety of individuals.

Research activities: This individual will be responsible for some combination of data collection and analyses, database management, research project management and coordination, administrative support activities, grant support, manuscript writing, and presentation development.

Other duties include recruitment, consenting, screening, eligibility verification, registering patients, and distributing study payments. Data management of electronic and paper data capture systems is required for this role. This individual will also oversee medical record abstraction and other clinical information when necessary. In addition, this position is responsible for obtaining IRB approval and ensuring that all appropriate Institutional, State and Federal regulations are followed throughout the course of research projects. This position also provides support in the coordination and organization of centralized meetings for the research investigators in the Carolina Health Informatics Research Collaborative. This area of responsibility includes the development and distribution of agendas and materials for meetings, preparation and maintenance files of the meeting minutes.

Fellowship Program: Tasks may include literature reviews, fellowship curriculum reviews, interviews with faculty/staff from accredited programs, data collection/management, and organizing materials for accreditation. This individual will need to work with our various faculty/administrators to provide administrative support for the development of an accredited Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Fellowship.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

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

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

-Ability to communicate obstacles and solutions clearly and concisely is required. -Must have the ability to work effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of individuals.
-Strong computer skills with demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Outlook and electronic data sources are required.
-Strong interpersonal skills.
-Strong verbal and written communication skills.
-Exceptional organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
-Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with faculty and multi-disciplinary teams, research participants, caregivers, other study coordinators, patients, doctors, nurses, and other stakeholders in the health care system.
-Ability to develop plans for project implementation and coordination with investigators at other sites.
-Must be experienced at interacting and working with informatics/health information technology research with an emphasis on digital/mobile health research.
-Experience in clinical/health informatics research including literature review, synthesis of research findings, and professional writing.
-Must have strong scientific and professional writing skills, and will be expected to contribute to study proposals, reports, compliance issues, and manuscripts for publication, and other works with members of the research team to develop and integrate work into final products.
-Ability to learn quickly, work independently and efficiently with minimum supervision and prioritize tasks and work under deadline pressures in a complex research environment.
-Understanding and experience with developing and executing study protocols and IRB submissions.
-Demonstrated ability or existing knowledge of compliance and procedures related to informatics research and clinical research and IRB submissions.
-Must be able to manage multiple projects and associated tasks, timelines, and activities effectively with diverse projects in health/clinical informatics.
-Must have an interest in working with technologies and health/clinical informatics projects.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s in Informatics or similar is preferred (or Public Health or related degree) plus a minimum of 2 years of experience in research in clinical or health informatics is also desired. This includes experience coordinating a study or research team. Multi-site study coordination experience is preferred. Prefer the candidate to have at least 1 year of experience with post-award research administration for contracts and grants, including administrative and reporting requirements to funding agencies, the UNC IRB, and other stakeholders/collaborators. Ideally the candidate will be able to commit to this position for at least 2-3 years.

Experience in software development/design/testing, data visualization, or graphics design experience is also preferred. Experience in an academic research setting similar to UNC is preferred. Individuals with superior analytical thinking and decision making skills are preferred.

Prefers a candidate with the ability to think critically and creatively, to help plan the work of others, and to work collaboratively with others. An interest in clinical preventive services and/or patient safety, and a facility with a range of software is desirable.

Prefers a candidate with knowledge of day-to-day management of studies; knowledge and experience recruiting research participants in healthcare settings; working knowledge of data collection and entry into electronic data capture systems.

Required Licenses/Certifications


Special Physical and Mental Requirements


Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally, Night work occasionally
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Writing/research Sample
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your work experience that is relevant for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Describe your clinical or health informatics experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * What knowledge or experience do you have with developing and submitting IRB applications?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What knowledge or experience do you have with developing and executing research protocols?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * When you have competing deadlines, how do you decide which one to address first?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * 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