Research Associate IV

Posting Number: #091-21

Position Title: Research Associate IV

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote

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Position Summary

The Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, is seeking a Research Associate IV.

Under the general supervision of a Principal Investigator, the Research Associate IV ARG will be responsible for a variety of intermediate-level research tasks, including general project coordination; data management and analysis; and contributions to grant proposals and subsequent IRB protocols necessary for the projects.  This position will entail work on two different projects concurrently, with total support at 80% for the first year and 30-40% for two years subsequently.

One project involves the study of disparities in the quality of alcohol-related services received.  For this project, the RA will support the analysis of very large data sets and will be responsible for accessing, downloading and cleaning national epidemiologic survey data (NSDUH or BRFSS) and other state-level data (e.g., census and health care policy); merging data and creating variables, and conducting statistical analyses such as bivariate analysis and multivariable regression.

The second project involves the study of the effectiveness of diverse mutual-help groups (such as Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery) for supporting recovery from alcohol problems.  For this project, the RA will assist with the implementation of a longitudinal survey study, including coordinating with study partners on data collection; managing data and overseeing data quality control; cleaning and merging data; creating variables; entering data into an NIH data repository, and conducting basic descriptive analyses.  Both projects will involve a range of other basic responsibilities as detailed below.

The Alcohol Research Group and Public Health Institute value the strength, innovation, and creativity of its diverse workforce.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepare IRB application materials for ethical approval of projects.
  • Assist with survey instrument and protocol development.
  • Coordinate with outside agencies to manage the collection of survey data and other research-related activities.
  • Generally oversee data collection, tracking, and management; including the development of a study timeline, database design, data entry, and data reporting, all in accordance with IRB and data integrity standards.
  • Lead efforts to collect, code, and clean federal, state government, and business data under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • Work with the PI and research team to develop analysis plans.
  • Perform basic statistical analyses (e.g., cross tabs, descriptive analyses, bivariate analyses, basic regressions) of datasets using STATA and SPSS and interpret findings.
  • Write and maintain detailed documentation of data collection, data management, and analyses.
  • Conduct literature searches and reviews.
  • Prepare reports and present results at scientific meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to and co-author manuscripts for publication.
  • Assist with grant development (e.g., background research and supporting materials).
  • Participate on committees, in seminars, and in brown bags.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus five (5) years of experience in a research setting including:
    • Minimum of three (3) years of experience with primary or secondary data collection and data management, including creating, cleaning, merging, and manipulating data sets.  Experience especially with large, national data sets such as NSDUH, BRFSS, and Census data.
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in data analysis using various quantitative methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous data analysis and interpret findings.
  • Intermediate or advanced knowledge of and experience with Stata and SPSS.
  • Knowledge of survey design, data, and weighting.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent organization and documentation skills, particularly with respect to managing data sets.
  • Ability to follow standard operating procedures, protocols, and quality controls according to established methods.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to progress on several projects concurrently.

Desired Qualifications

  •  Master’s degree.

Important Information

  • Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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