Research Program Leader in Population Health Science

North Carolina, United Sates
23 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Occupational Summary

Manage the activities of studies and research programs led by investigator(s) and faculty in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Perform and/or oversee a variety of complex duties involved in the collection, compilation, documentation and analysis of research program or portfolio data; assist with content and direction of research program or portfolio; assist with efforts to obtain and manage study or program funding. Frequently interact with other research groups or programs, serving as primary liaison and public relations lead to research program. Coordinate research program activities with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and reporting requirements.

Essential Duties


Lead the development, implementation, and oversight of studies and research programs led by faculty involved in the Data Share in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Oversee a variety of duties critical to the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of studies and research programs, with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and reporting requirements. Participate and lead efforts to obtain and manage study or program funding. Participate and lead communication with study sponsors.  Independently facilitate and lead the preparation of necessary agreements (e.g., Data Use Agreements, Research Services Agreements, Vendor Agreements, etc.) for the acquisition of study and department data assets. Oversee implementation and compliance with the required processes for accessing and handling data sets.  Develop DUHS IRB documents such as consent forms, protocols, and continuing reviews independently and train other staff in these tasks. Develop program milestones and timelines. Revise and implement program operation strategies as appropriate. Lead, coordinate, and participate in wider departmental program activities.

Financial Management:

Assist with or lead investigations and communications related to program funding opportunities. Assist with or lead the development and negotiation of budgets and justifications for research program/proposals; 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.


Provide unit, division or department-wide training in ethical conduct of research.  Serve as expert resource to study teams as they design studies, so they include specific safeguards to ensure ethical conduct and protect vulnerable populations. Serve as a resource for development and implementation of research data security plans (RDSPs) and COIs across multiple studies or study teams. 


Map protocol data flow and predict areas of vulnerability. Determine solutions for vulnerabilities for data flow plans for multiple studies. Detect issues related to data capture, collection or management and suggest solutions. Recommend and lead implementation of processes, policies, and systems to ensure data security and data provenance. Develop system/framework for QA processes for multiple studies or for entire unit.  Make determinations regarding complex data contracts/agreements.


Conduct and synthesize literature reviews independently. Collaborate with various stakeholders (statistical, operational, etc.) to ensure adequate design, implementation and testing of study aims. Develop proposals or protocols independently. Assess and determine solutions for operational shortcomings of proposals and protocols. Summarize and interpret study results, and determine application to future study procedures. Participate in the development of publications.


Lead scientific or programmatic presentations and publications. Serve as expert mentor to junior staff. Establish and assign the activities of multiple teams to accomplish study goals. Serve as a unit-wide expert resource for issues related to professional guidelines and code of ethics. Maintain training requirements and develop solutions to proactively ensure study team members' compliance with training requirements. Employ escalation and performance plans as needed. Make recommendations to investigative team.

Study and Site Management:

Determine and implement alternative solutions to accomplishing study milestones. Provide expert guidance to study team members to ensure study expenses have been set up correctly and that financial charges/expenses route in a timely manner; troubleshoot, escalate, and resolve issues. Determine when financial reports are not working as planned and collaborate with sponsor and financial managers to troubleshoot. Develop study budgets. Use system reports to ensure unit, division, or department compliance with institutional requirement/policies; assist team members with understanding these requirements and policies. Oversee study teams' maintenance of Delegation of Authority Logs and training of key personnel on study specific duties. Work with sponsors and study teams to arrange required sponsor training. Develop systems and documents including process flows, training manuals, and standard operating procedures to be used unit, department, or division-wide.


Lead team meetings. Communicate with sponsors, subcontractors, or vendors. Take action when communication has stalled with study team members, subcontractors, vendors, or sponsors. Responsible for items listed above, and in addition, recognize when team member communication is not going well and troubleshoot the issue or escalate as necessary. 

Description of Portfolio and Clinical Responsibilities:

Portfolio Management 
Clinical responsibilities:

Type of Research

The Data Share in the Department of Population Health Sciences facilitates and leads the conduct secondary data research.  Key departmental data assets include administrative healthcare claims data, commercial claims data, electronic health records data, and clinical registries. These data are used to answer research questions in: health services research and policy, health disparities research, and health outcomes research. The Data Share supports research studies lead by faculty internal and external to the Department of Population Health Sciences.

Special Skills

Detail-oriented, excellent written and verbal communication, and time management skills to prioritize competing priorities. This is a highly collaborative research environment encompassing a wide range of faculty and staff. Strong team science skills are required. 

Requisition Number: 401510961
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.

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