Research Program Leader

North Carolina, United States
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Program Portfolio, meaning here work across a set of research studies:

  • Research program/portfolio management and development. 5% Assist in formulating and implementing the short and long-range goals for the operation of the research across studies. Assist with monitoring and evaluating the research implementation and implement modifications to improve effectiveness.
  • Research program operations. 15% Coordinate and manage the day-to-day operations within research studies, ensuring timely communications and adherence to regulations and guidelines. Develop research milestones and timelines. Revise and implement operation strategies as appropriate.
  • Research program/portfolio communications and dissemination. 5% Assist with or develop publications and presentations; represent program at conferences and meetings. Serve as the primary point of contact for program(s). Work with the Communications Director on content for external communications.
  • Research Program financial management. 10% Look across studies in the research portfolio to anticipate staffing and other expenditures and plan for wise use of funds across the portfolio. Utilize strategies for long-term management of funds. Recognize allowable expenses based on financial guidelines. Serve as a resource to help monitor, verify, and reconcile expenditure of budgeted program funds as appropriate. Coordinate with others to monitor and report on financial program milestones. Serve as a liaison with sponsors, subcontractors, and/or vendors. Assist with financial forecasting of staff.
  • Institutional liaison. 10% Liaise with other programs, offices and departments at Duke to coordinate program business and to accomplish program objectives; interface with external organizations to ensure cooperative efforts are enhanced and resources are utilized.

Research studies:

  • Clinical research operations. 20% Provide oversight and training to study team members who screen, schedule, consent, maintain subject/study level documentation, and collect adverse event information for participants in a variety of studies. Serve as a resource and train others regarding preparation and conduct of study visits, creation of SOPs, and in implementing operational plans. Evaluate processes to identify issues related to recruitment and retention rates, and implement innovative solutions to maximize recruitment and retention. Develop IRB documents and train other staff in these tasks. Provide direction for preparation of study monitoring/audit visits. Correct audit/monitor findings.
  • Data management and informatics. 10% Use and train others in Electronic Data Capture (EDC) systems, technologies, and software. Independently design Case Report Forms to collect data according to protocol. Select methods of data capture and implement at the unit level. Investigate incomplete, inaccurate, or missing data/documents to ensure accuracy and completeness of data. Oversee the creation and use of queries, summaries, and reports. Make determinations regarding complex data contracts and agreements.
  • Scientific concepts and research design. 5% Conduct and synthesize literature reviews, and independently develop protocols. Assess and determine solutions for operational shortcomings of protocols. Identify and collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure adequate design, implementation, and testing of study aims. Summarize and interpret study results, and determine application to future study procedures.
  • Leadership and professionalism. 5% Assist colleagues in identifying efficiencies and improving process. May provide significant contribution and influence upon research work, activities, or productivity of project teams. Encourage leadership opportunities for staff within a small work group. Actively seek out continuing education opportunities for self and study team members. Train staff and multiple study teams in various work responsibilities. Employ escalation and performance plans as needed. Maintain training requirements. Develop solutions to proactively ensure unit, department, or division compliance with training requirements. Create strategies that enhance cultural diversity and cultural competency in the design and conduct of clinical research.
  • Study and site management. 10% Provide expert guidance to study team members to ensure participant expenses are handled; troubleshoot, escalate, and resolve issues. Develop study budgets. Coordinate operational plans for multiple research studies. Develop systems and documents including data collection flow, training manuals, and standard operating procedures to be used across studies. Develop and implement closeout procedures for multiple studies. Inform investigators and oversight organization regarding appropriate feasibility, recruitment, and retention strategies. Determine and implement alternative solutions to accomplishing recruitment and retention milestones. Oversee study teams' compliance with training and maintenance of Delegation of Authority Logs.
  • Communication and team science. 5% Lead team meetings. Include others in decision-making, and escalate issues appropriately. Communicate with sponsors, subcontractors, or vendors. Take action when communication has stalled with sites, CROs, or sponsors. Act as an expert resource to junior staff liaising with sponsors, subcontractors, or vendors.

Requisition Number 401500053
Location Durham
Job Family Level 68
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


1.Completion of a bachelor's degree plus a minimum of four years of research experience
2.Completion of a master's degree plus a minimum of two years of research experience

A research-focused master’s degree such as MPH plus five years of research experience preferred


  • Can easily use Word, Excel, and data entry databases / data capture systems 
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Able to program data capture in REDCap or Qualtrics is a plus

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