Research Associate 2, HSS

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Connecticut, United States
Saturday, 9 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Position Focus:

This position will reside within the Yale Program on Aging (POA) - Internal Medicine department, Geriatrics Section. This person will be working on the VALIANT study as part of a Pepper grant supplement to study COVID. This person will report to Mary Geda, Associate Director of the Operations Core, as part of the POA field core. For the VALIANT project, this person will report to Mary Geda who, in turn, reports to the responsible study investigators Andrew Cohen, MD (Geriatrics), Lauren Ferrante, MD (Pulmonary) and Alexandra Hajduk, PhD (Geriatrics).

Supports the development, implementation and analysis of research and research data on a study of COVID in aging populations. Will be involved with screening, consenting, interviewing of research participants. Will be key in performing form design and testing in REDCap electronic data collection system. Must be Spanish-speaking to conduct multilingual interviews in Spanish.


  • Executes research study screening, recruitment, consenting, and follow-up in accordance with study protocol and federal regulations.
  • Understands medical terminology with ability to review medical records and confirm clinical admission criteria into research study.
  • Schedule appointments with participants, arrange transportation, and perform study visits to collect research data.
  • Perform non-invasive physical assessments including walking tests, pulmonary spirometry tests, and cognitive screening.
  • Develops wording and creates sections of the Spanish translated data collection instrument.
  • Conducts interviews of Spanish-Speaking research participants following a structured, quantitative research methodology.
  • Enter data into Electronic Data Collection System (REDCap), pull data, and review reports of operations (progress for screening, consent, enrollment, interview) with study leadership.


  • Abstract clinical data from medical record for research analysis.
  • Implement quality control during data collection and cleaning after data collection to ensure integrity of data.
  • Collaborate on drafting and reviewing content of research manuscripts for publications.

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. 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:

Spanish-speaking conversant or fluent.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Ability to perform physical assessments including walking tests, pulmonary spirometry tests, and cognitive screening.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to interact with a diverse range of personalities. Multitasking, organization, and skills. Ability to prioritize assignments with competing deadlines.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft programs including Outlook, Excel, and Word.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Master’s degree in nursing, public health, physical therapy, social services, or similar area. Experience working with older adults/aging populations, including older Spanish speaking population. Experience using Electronic Data Collection Systems – REDCap. Training in human subject’s research.

Physical Requirements

Position will require typing and mouse usage (for data entry), hearing (for phone and in-person interviews), vision (for physical assessments), and ability to push wheelchair (assist older adults during visits).

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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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:

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