Research Associate II

University of Rhode Island - Kingston, RI4.2

Position is located at the Nursing Education Center (NEC) – Providence.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by May 17 , 2019. Second consideration may be given to applications received by June 28, 2019. Applications received subsequent to second consideration (June 28, 2019) may not be given full consideration.

Perform independent research work to achieve research goals and objectives of a longitudinal development study. Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the study, including staff and data collection/management. Supervise participant recruitment, research protocol administration, reliability and collection. Manage, train, and monitor administration and scoring of standardized assessments, structured interviews, performance-based testing, biomedical protocols and home visits. Keep current of medical and biological terminology. Coordinate responsibilities within an interdisciplinary research center. Under the supervision of the PI, manage daily business activity of the project, including budget reconciliation, contracts, progress reports, IRB monitoring, and purchases/invoices.

Supervise and manage daily research activities. Demonstrate knowledge of research design and research principles. Independently review participant roster with research staff and ensure scheduling within appropriate window of time. Strategize approaches to participant/family tracking and follow-up. Supervise and ensure follow-through with all research staff on project-related tasks (e.g., newsletters, literature searches, word processing, photocopying, filing, data scoring and entry and other administrative duties.)

Coordinate and implement staff training. Ensure that all research nursing staff reliably administer health assessments, including physical/health assessments, blood draw, bone density testing, cardiovascular protocol, neuroendocrine sampling, and health record requests. Ensure that all research staff fully and accurately execute informed consent procedures with study participants and their parents. Coordinate and schedule quarterly protocol reliability for research staff and research nurses.

Supervise data collection. Ensure complete and accurate data entry, including scoring procedures and scoring software. Ensure the proper collection, storage and shipping of biological specimens. Coordinate and ensure database clean-up is accurate, complete and prepared for data analysis in a timely manner.

Manage and coordinate weekly, biweekly, and/or quarterly meetings with data analysts and statistical and research consultants to discuss research findings with goal to dissemination study results.

Manage daily business activities. Ensure staffing schedules, including parent and subcontract institutions. Serve as liaison among the Principal Investigator, co-investigators, research administrators, and the various affiliated medical and academic institutions. Generate grant budget estimates, and accurately record and reconcile expenditures by preparing and tracking all purchases, invoices, and travel via different institutional software programs. Navigate between multiple institutions, including building and maintaining working relationships with research administration officials for execution of grant-related subcontract agreements. Manage all other business aspects of the project.

Preserve and protect participant rights to confidentiality. Ensure that all research staff fully and accurately execute informed consent procedures with study participants and/or their designee. Ensure that all research staff is up-to-date on Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification and maintain confidentiality of participant information. Ensure that all research staff treat records, correspondence, computer files, disks, databases and related items with utmost security and in compliance with HIPAA regulations.

Perform additional duties as required.

Personal computers, printers; Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher); Microsoft Endnote (literature reference program); social media (Facebook); Cayuse. Current CITI certification. Valid driver’s license.

Required Qualifications

1. Master’s degree in psychology, nursing or other related field.

2. Minimum of two years of experience in clinical research.

3. Current CITI certification.

4. Demonstrated professional experience in multi-institutional academic and medical institutions.

5. Demonstrated experience with National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.

6. Demonstrated ability to facilitate collaboration throughout the United States.

7. Demonstrated ability to train both standardized testing and performance-based laboratory tasks.

8. Demonstrated data management experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, AMOS, power analysis).

9. Demonstrated record of submissions of IRB reports using IRB program software (e.g., IRBnet, IRIS).

10. Demonstrated grant submissions using Cayuse and other electronic applications and forms (e.g., SF424).

11. Demonstrated experience in grants management.

12. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

13. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

14. Must provide own transportation.

15. Demonstrated supervisory experience.

16. Demonstrated ability to lift laboratory equipment, such as: research equipment, lab samples and boxes (no more than 25 pounds).

17. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Demonstrated experience in collecting biological specimens, in storing them correctly, and in preparing them for shipping.

2. Demonstrated experience in developmental pediatrics, the science of development, and/or life course or early life stress theories.

3. Demonstrated longitudinal sample retention.

4. Demonstrated ability to disseminate study findings both verbally and in writing (i.e. manuscript format).

5. Demonstrated knowledge of statistics and statistical software.


Environmental Conditions
This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. This position requires manual dexterity and the ability to sit, stand, walk, and, on occasion, reach for prolonged periods of time. Must be able to lift, push, move and/or carry laboratory equipment, such as: research equipment, lab samples and boxes (no more than 25 pounds). This position requires, on occasion, the ability to bend, stoop, crouch and/or kneel.