Research Associate

Connecticut, United States
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 28 September 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

This position will support critical public health research on HIV, HCV, overdose, mental health among people who use drugs and people formerly incarcerated, but is also supporting work on COVID-19 including the development of SARS-CoV2 testing strategies for Connecticut, resource allocation algorithms and mapping for COVID-19 contact tracing, etc.


Conduct descriptive, analytical, and statistical research; make recommendations on data collection and analysis methods to ensure data quality and reliability, writes procedures manuals for data collection and coding; synthesize and interpret information using R, SQL, SAS, and Excel.

Design research questions and projects; translate quantitative and qualitative data into visuals and reports for varying audiences; prepare comprehensive reports, graphs and tables; track and report on key performance indicators for programs and projects.

Develop original IRB submissions with Yale, VA, and other institutions. Based on knowledge of science and research goals, collaborate with PIs on major revisions and contributes to scientific protocols. Plan and implement changes.

Consult with various departments (internal and external) to understand the sources of incoming raw data and address project’s administrative, clinical, and legal needs.

Support lead roles as needed with administrative and educational tasks; manage research assistants and post-docs on projects.

Contribute in-depth, original thought and relevance to written reports and to the writing of abstracts and manuscripts.

Essential Duties

  1. Carries out research within the scope of the established study protocol. Adheres to all human subjects regulations as defined by Yale University and the federal government that pertain to research studies.
  2. Develops criteria for admission of study subjects based on goals and objectives of project.
  3. Determines potential sources of funding and prospective partnerships.
  4. Evaluates feasibility of accepting potential projects through analysis of staffing needs, resource requirements, financial costs, and current planned capacity of group. Negotiates contracts and/or changes with funder.
  5. Develops original HIC/IRB submissions.  Based on knowledge of science and research goals, collaborates with PIs on major revisions and contributes to scientific protocols.  Plans and implements changes.
  6. Develops forms, questionnaires and the application of research techniques; writes procedures manuals for data collection and coding.
  7. Responsible for the documentation and transmission of study data.  Ensures that report forms are accurately documented and completed in a timely manner at each site location.
  8. Works independently to develop manage and organize multi site studies.  Serves as primary coordinator between University, non-Yale collaborators, pharmaceutical companies, HIC, IRB and funding sources.
  9. Performs descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.
  10. Designs and implements quality control measures to ensure accurate collection and processing of data.
  11. Contributes in-depth, original thought and relevance to written reports and to the writing of abstracts and manuscripts.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in a related discipline and two years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to lead projects independently from start to finish and work with internal and external teams to make decisions and maintain momentum.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to initiate studies; manage and analyze data using R, SAS, Excel, and SQl.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Well-developed written analysis and presentation skills; strong attention to detail and accuracy.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent collaboration skills, including the ability and willingness to both deliver and hear alternative points of view, evaluate and incorporate feedback to improve the quality and depth of deliverables, as appropriate.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

 Ability to analyze current work processes and systems and recommend improvement opportunities.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Proven ability to work with multiple IRBs including Yale and the VA.

Weekend Hours Required? No
Evening Hours Required? No
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

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