Senior Research Coordinator
Job no: 507860
Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Department of Public Health
Pay Grade: P17
Categories: Other Staff Positions, Research
General Summary of Position:
Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Senior Research Coordinator manages the day-to-day operations of human research studies throughout the implementation of research projects, from inception to completion. S/he will collaborate with a team of health scientists and research staff with diverse background. S/he will manage field operations of human research studies or public health program evaluations funded by federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and state government agencies. S/he will be responsible for managing the field operations of the Healthy Aging and Neighborhood Study (HANS). Supported by the National Institute on Aging, HANS is being conducted in multi-ethnic and multi-racial older adult populations in northeastern and central Massachusetts. S/he will work closely with investigators and research staff on and off campus to design, initiate, and execute field work in local communities. S/he will be responsible for engaging, recruiting, enrolling, interviewing, measuring and communicating with study participants. S/he will train and supervise field staff, student research assistants and co-ops. S/he will help recruit, select, supervise and direct the activities of research coordinators, data collection staff, student research assistants, and co-ops. S/he will assist the principal investigator to report study progress in compliance with sponsor requirements.
The Senior Research Coordinator will support research studies on health and well-beings of frail older adults living in communities. S/he will visit participant homes, senior centers and clinical sites, and have frequent face-to-face contacts with vulnerable study participants who may have immunodeficiencies. According to the approved study protocol, the Senior Research Coordinator is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and seasonal flu.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
- Master’s degree in community health, gerontology, behavioral science, psychology, sociology, or epidemiology
- Excellent organization, analytical, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to lead a team of field research staff with diverse racial/ethnic, cultural background and diverse scientific expertise
- Strong oral and written communication skills that are necessary for interacting effectively with study participants and local community organizations, and project team members
- Ability to work independently and collaborating with a team of scientists with diverse expertise and research experience
- Knowledge of and working experience in federal requirements for the conduct of human studies
- 5+ years of experience in working with older adults and aging/gerontological/geriatric studies
- Proficient in use of productivity software (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Proficient in computer and phone conference capability to complete study activities remotely
- A vehicle and a valid MA Driver’s License are required to conduct field work
- Knowledge of geography and communities in Central and Northeastern Massachusetts
- Prior experience in working in African American, Hispanic or Asian communities
- Bilingual or multilingual, ability to communicate proficiently in both English and any of Spanish, Vietnamese, Lao/Laotian, or Chinese
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
This is a Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit position, Grade P17.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.
- This position is contingent upon funding.
- All staff must have gone through human subjects protection training, and active certification for human subject studies (e.g., CITI certificates).
- All staff are required to work in communities, and interact with clients/study participants on and off campus as needed by the projects.
- The Senior Research Coordinator will support research studies on health and well-beings of frail older adults living in communities. S/he will visit participant homes, senior centers and clinical sites, and have frequent face-to-face contacts with vulnerable study participants who may have immunodeficiencies. According to the approved study protocol, the Senior Research Coordinator is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and seasonal flu.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.
Updated posting 10/8/2021
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