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Soc/Clin Research Specialist

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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 Specialist - Contributing
Working Title Soc/Clin Research Specialist
Position Number 20024375
Vacancy ID P007633
Budgeted Hiring Range $34,997 - $47,396
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent 68
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Department Name and Number Radiology - Research-412802
Date First Posted 09/14/2017
Closing Date 10/04/2017
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Research Professionals

Position Summary Information

Department Description

The Department of Radiology, School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina is committed to excellence in providing radiological services to the people of North Carolina, training future radiologists and engaging in basic and clinical research. The physicians provide services to patients at UNC Hospitals as well as additional sites across the state. More than one-half of the faculty are also directly involved in research studies with other departments and universities.

The Epidemiology Research Team {ERT) within the Department of Radiology conducts studies on breast cancer screening, lung cancer screening, comparative effectiveness of new imaging technologies and health services research. Currently, the main project of the ERT is the Carolina Mammography Registry (CMR). The CMR is a population-based registry designed to collect and use breast imaging and associated cancer follow-up data to examine the delivery and quality of breast cancer screening in North Carolina. By partnering with radiology facilities throughout the state, the CMR collects and analyzes data on women who receive breast imaging services. This information is then used to answer pertinent research questions concerning breast imaging performance, breast cancer risk, screening, diagnosis, and outcomes.

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

This position will collect, abstract, and maintain storage for malignant and benign breast pathology reports sent by the UNC-CH Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Rapid Case Ascertainment (RCA) Program. Pathology report collecting will be scheduled with the RCA Coordinator and report Information will be abstracted using pre-existing Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) form. Storage of all breast pathology reports will meet the CMR IRB protocol requirements for protected health information. This position will be responsible for maintaining documentation of RCA CMR participating hospitals, hospital preference for pathology report transfer (either via paper form or electronic secure file transfer), send updates to the REDCap form as necessary. This position will work closely with the CMR Data Manager to generate reports and data exports from the REDCap database.

This position will travel to a participate in radiology facility in the eastern part of North Carolina to perform on-site abstraction of advanced breast imaging reports (including but not limited to MRI and ultrasound). Using a pre-existing Access form, the Research Specialist will coordinate an abstraction visit with the facility staff and
abstract imaging reports. This position will work closely with the CMR Data Manager to update the Access form as necessary.

The Research Specialist will be responsible for conducting literature reviews and assisting with grant submissions. With guidance from the CMR Director and Project Manager, the Research Specialist will perform systematic, targeted searches of scientific literature databases (e.g. PubMed) and the University library system to generate background information on a variety of topics related to potential research projects. This position will be able to summarize findings in a clear and organized fashion with documented references. The Research Specialist will be able to interpret findings in order to draft and provide constructive feedback on the Background and Significance sections of grant proposals.

The Research Specialist will be required to contribute to scientific abstract and/or manuscript preparation by preparing tables and figures according to journal specifications, drafting text related to literature reviews, proofreading draft materials prior to submission and formatting documents as necessary.

The Research Specialist will also be required to assist with submissions to the UNC-CH Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

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.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

• Ability to prioritize tasks
• Customer service oriented
• Excellent communication skills
• Experience with research regulatory process

Preferred Qualifications

B.S. or M.S. degree in a related field with 1+ years experience in data acquisition and management. Experience in a research setting and working with large (> 100,000 observation) databases is preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements
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
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Specialist position.
    • Bachelor's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 1 year of related training or experience.
    • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate in an unrelated field and at least 5 years of related training and/or experience.
    • Master's and/or Doctorate in a discipline related to the field assigned.
    • Associate's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 3 years of related training or experience.
    • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 5 years of experience related to the field assigned (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 4 years experience).
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal at least 9 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 6 years of experience).
    • None of the above
  2. * Do you have knowledge and proficiency of databases such as Access, Qualtrex and/or RedCap?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have prior experience with research data collection and inputting data?
    • Yes
    • No