Research Associate, Pediatrics

Connecticut, United States
Thursday, 4 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 4 April 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Our research specifically looks at the mechanisms leading to insulin resistance in obese adolescents with and without type 2 diabetes. Over the past 20 years, using sophisticated imaging techniques coupled with insulin clamp and glucose turnover method in a fairly large number of subjects, we have been studying the underlying mechanisms that might lead to the development of T2D and fatty liver in obese youth. This research requires the collaboration with a dedicated research associate that has good experience in clinical research in pediatrics. The candidate should have the ability to interact with research participants, retain subjects in studies, interact with IRB, help prepare protocols, manuscripts, and reports, and have advanced skills with computer, including Excel, PowerPoint, and simple statistics derived from SPSS.

The candidate will be a liaison between grant organizations such as the NIH and other non-profit organizations and co-investigators of proposed and ongoing studies. In addition, the candidate will be active in the preparation of research manuscripts by coordinating all authors, helping with PowerPoint figures, and completing general sections of the manuscript. This role requires coordination between the CSRU, Investigative Pharmacy, and outside organizations. During studies that require pharmacological interventions, this role is responsible for ordering investigative medications and picking it up at the Investigative Pharmacy. Scheduling of research participants for extended glucose tests, MRIs, and other research tests are a main component of the job. Compiling grants, manuscripts, and progress reports are also important roles. The candidate also supervises one research assistant who is responsible for upkeep of database and scheduling, as well as meeting participants, for extended glucose tests and MRIs.

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:

Grant and grant budget experience.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Effective communication and organizational skills, including familiarity with study recruitment.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Advanced computer skills, including Excel, PowerPoint and simple statistics derived from SPSS.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to multitask.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Familiarity working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Two of more years of experience in clinical research and performance of clinical trials. A bachelor's degree in health sciences or business administration.

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Evening Hours Required?


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