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The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, seeks a full-time Research Project Manager (Research Project Specialist 1). This position will involve a combination of effort on research project management and coordination (100% effort).
The Research Project Specialist will work on research coordination tasks for the NIH-funded Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. ARIC is a population-based prospective cohort study that, in 1987-1989, recruited ~16,000 participants who have been followed continuously to better understand risk factors for cardiovascular disease. More recently, ARIC has also formed the platform for a large-scale ancillary, the ARIC Neurocognitive Study (ARIC-NCS), which is evaluating risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia. As part of ARIC-NCS, brain imaging (florbetapir PET and MRI) studies are being conducted in a subset of ARIC participants.
Research coordination and management tasks for the ARIC contract and its’ numerous ancillary studies (75% effort) 1) Oversee the operational activities at the clinical site and coordinate the activities of the large and multi-faceted ARIC study. Including, translating planning and design decisions into concrete activities and tasks for project implementation. 2) Serve as a liaison between the ARIC Coordinating Center (CC) and the various UMN ARIC research teams. Provide feedback on materials (data collection, participant communication) developed by the CC. 3) Meet with UMN research teams at least monthly, and together with Study Coordinators manage staffing for various ARIC research teams. 4) Take leadership in obtaining IRB approval, including harmonizing IRB requirements between the single IRB (located at CC site) and the UMN IRB. 5) Responsible for developing and monitoring the study budget, in collaboration with study accountant. Compile and prepares financial progress reports for sponsors. Track payments by sponsors. 6) Ensure that the study is conducted in accordance to the study protocol, contract and University of Minnesota regulations. Manage the preparation of progress reports and quality control monitoring. Oversee communication with sponsors. 7) Represent the project to all related community agencies and organizations, serving as the study's liaison, spokesperson, and representative.
Coordination of ARIC Brain Imaging (25% effort) 1) Coordinate operational aspects, such as working with manufacturer to set-up systems for florbetapir transport and imaging center scheduling/billing. 2) Supervise participant contact staff.
Work Arrangements: Flexible but must work on campus during regular business hours at least 3 days a week. Budgeted Starting Annual Salary Range: $65,000 to $80,000
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
· Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
· Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
· Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
· Excellent retirement plans with employer match
· Disability and employer paid life insurance
· Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
· Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Essential Qualifications: Specific requirements for the position include:
1) Bachelor’s degree (in epidemiology, or other health-related field, preferred) and 6 years of experience; OR a master’s degree (in epidemiology, or other health-related field, preferred) and 4 years of related experience; 2) experience in working on the implementation or management of research projects; 3) experience in supervising paid staff or volunteers; 4) experience in writing and managing protocols to protect the rights of human research participants; 5) experience managing research budgets; 6) strong technical writing and communications skills; and 7) excellent organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience in managing NIH-funded projects with in-person clinical data collection. The successful candidate will be hardworking, take initiative to solve problems, and be willing to fulfill varied study tasks as they arise.
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