Research Associate Candidate Pool

OCHIN - Portland, OR3.6

OCHIN is looking for talented Research Associate candidates!

The OCHIN Research team was established in 2011 with a mission to improve the health of underserved populations, enhance their quality of care, and inform health policy through research. The Research Associate will provide high-level professional, substantive, technical, and administrative support to clinicians and researchers in the design, implementation, day-to-day operations, and dissemination of findings from research, demonstration, and evaluation projects.

We are currently looking to create a pool of candidates that we can draw from when we have new position openings for Research Associates. Please be aware that this is an ongoing call for applications and that we may not reach out to you right away.

Some of the work involved in these roles:
Participate with practice-based research network investigators in designing, developing, implementing, conducting, and managing research projects in the substantive field of knowledge on which the research is based (e.g., epidemiology, health policy, health services, dissemination and implementation, chronic disease management, etc.).
Coordinate and manage a diverse set of research activities on one or more research projects, which may involve supervision of other project staff (when applicable), and, as applicable, preparation of regulatory documentation.
Participate in operationalizing conceptual variables and translating specific research questions into appropriate functional and analytic designs and protocols.
Participate in designing and interpreting statistical analyses of research data.
Contribute significantly to written reports, presentations, and publications to disseminate findings from research projects to scientific and technical audiences (e.g., literature reviews, manuscript management and submission, writing sections or leading publications, preparing posters for professional conferences, etc.).
Provide technical/consultative services to PBRN clinician members, affiliated investigators, and other research personnel.
Participate in education and training of project team members, which might include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral learners (e.g. medical residents and fellows).
Assist with project budget preparation and oversight. (Research associates are not responsible for developing a budget, but they may provide substantial assistance in developing and administering budgets for specific research tasks on which they are working. All proposal and project budgets are ultimately the responsibility of the investigator.)
Perform other duties as requested by the Principal Investigators, VP of Research, or Supervisor.
Additional Duties

All Research Associates have a range of autonomy and are expected to do the following:

Manage complex projects or research network nodes/sites
Work independently on multiple tasks.
Make decisions on how to implement work within specified research protocols.
May contribute to grant proposals.
May lead recruitment efforts for clinics’, clinical staff, or patients’ participation in research studies.
May conduct qualitative research activities, such as focus groups or key informant interviews, and carry out analyses.
Create work schedules and task deadlines needed to meet project timelines.
Identify and integrate pertinent research literature into specific research projects, programs, and manuscripts.
Translate a research proposal into an implementation protocol for a research project in a manner that assures scientific quality and integrity.
Translate statistical analysis findings into research presentations, reports, and manuscripts.
Pursue scholarship and collaboration to remain current with substantive field of knowledge and technical skills related to current project portfolio.
Liaise and network with other OCHIN departments and affiliated research institutions, as appropriate.
Lead and/or support research operations team to develop, document and implement research policies and procedures

A bachelor’s or master’s level research or health-related degree or the equivalent (degree or additional educational and training must be in a social, behavioral, health services, or other medical or public health field appropriate to the specific field of research required by the position);
Health-related research experience;
Some research administrative and management experience.
Working knowledge of statistical theory and hypothesis testing, quantitative or qualitative analysis methods, and database management techniques relevant to the design, conduct, and analysis of research projects in the pertinent substantive area;
Working knowledge of medicine, public health, and health services issues relevant to the application of research to health care phenomena and health care policy;
Working knowledge of standard desktop computing software packages (word processing, spread sheeting, presentation software, Internet browsers, etc.);
Working knowledge of specialized models and theories in a discipline area applicable to the research; and,
Some training in management or administration and supervision would be helpful.
Licenses are necessary only for those whose substantive field and work assignments require it (e.g., M.D., R.N., R.P.T., R.Ph., M.S.W.).
Research Associates from an academic discipline typically hold membership in their respective professional associations, which is encouraged but not required.

Our company culture is important to us. Successful candidates will possess the following attributes:

You are…

A Communicator: You possess strong communication skills and have been told you have great customer service skills; you like people and want to help.

A Critical Thinker: You regularly looks for ways to find efficiencies, innovate, and make improvements where you can.

Process Oriented: You’re able to understand, work in, create, and improve processes.

A Collaborator: You’re a team player and relationship builder whose “can-do” attitude inspires others.

A Continual Learner: You are eager to listen, study, and learn new things quickly; you are resourceful and are open to regularly accept and grow from feedback.

An Entrepreneur: You have proven success working in a fast-paced and changing environment; you are excited to play in a space where you’re adding value to the organization and its mission.

Sound like you? Please check out our website at to learn more and apply online.


OCHIN is one of the nation’s largest and most successful Health Information Networks. Here, our goal is simple: to provide solutions that promote access to quality, affordable health care for all. Our Health IT solutions improve the integration and delivery of health care services across a wide variety of practices—with an emphasis on safety net clinics and small practices as well as critical access and rural hospitals.

Our corporate office is located in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon. Working with us, you’ll find challenging projects, a collaborative team, and some of the best employee perks around, including public transportation reimbursement, an onsite gym, community volunteering activities, a generous PTO package, and a Dragon Boat Racing team! Recognized as one of the Top 100 Nonprofits to work for from 2013-2017, OCHIN is committed to creating a positive and enjoyable workplace for all of its employees.

Organizational Disclaimer

Job descriptions are designed to outline primary duties, responsibilities, and qualification requirements, and should not limit additional duties and responsibilities assigned. It is our expectation that all employees offer their services wherever and whenever deemed necessary to ensure the success of the organization.

ADA Requirements

Constant interpersonal skills, teamwork, customer service, problem analysis, and reading, speaking, writing, and understanding English. Frequent creativity, mentoring, presentations, and teaching. Occasional decision making and independent judgment or action. Frequent keyboarding, sitting, standing, hearing, and talking

Equal Opportunity

OCHIN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. OCHIN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal civil rights laws.

Pre-Employment Screening

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, as well as a check against the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) exclusion list.