Research Associate II

Posting Number: #034-21

Position Title: Research Associate II

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Emeryville, CA

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Position Summary

The Research Associate II will assist with intermediate-level data collection and data management research tasks on a longitudinal national survey of recovery residences. Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), the Research Associate will be involved in several aspects of the project including refinement and management of an Access database, programming and management of survey data collected in SurveyGizmo/Alchemer, recruiting and tracking recovery residence survey participants, coordinating participant payments, and other data management activities pertaining to the recovery residence database and survey data. The Research Associate will also assist the PI in preparing IRB materials, developing content for the study website, collecting and analyzing qualitative data from interviews with recovery residence operators. The Research Associate will also work with the PI and study Biostatisticians in preparing the data for analysis and assist with the development of reports, presentations, and manuscripts from this work. The position is part-time for two years with the potential for continuation pending additional funding.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in the preparation of human subjects submissions and assist the PI in other tasks related to study regulatory compliance.
  • Develop tables, forms, reports, and queries, to otherwise refine and manage recruitment and tracking data in an Access platform.
  • Program, test, and manage the electronic SurveyGizmo/Alchemer survey that will be used to collect data from recovery residence operators.
  • Manage all aspects of survey respondent recruitment and participation, including participant payment.
  • Maintain and clean study data and prepare study methods/procedures documentation and data codebooks.
  • Conduct preliminary data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and prepare tables and graphs of results.
  • Complete literature searches, compile review summaries as needed, and assist with project presentations and manuscripts.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1-3 years research background in a relevant area, such as public health, psychology or sociology.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience developing and managing spreadsheets (Excel) and database applications (Access, SurveyGizmo/Alchemer).
  • Familiarity with and experience implementing standard research operating procedures, protocols, and quality controls.
  • Ability to interface with health service professionals and experience recruiting and collecting data from these professionals.
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and succinctly communicate findings.
  • Familiarity with descriptive and inferential statistical procedures and experience conducting basic quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Familiarity/experience with quantitative data analysis packages, such as SPSS or Stata (or other comparable statistical analysis programs) as well as qualitative data analysis techniques and data management packages such as NVivo.
  • Ability to convey information clearly and concisely and summarize research findings in written form.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Fieldwork or research experience with substance use treatment providers or other human service professionals in community settings.

Important Information

  • This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position.
  • For compliance reasons, applicants without research experience will not be considered.

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