Research Analyst

North Carolina, United States
28 May 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Content 
Most of us have never stopped to think about the health of pastors, who, after all, are generally well-educated with access to health insurance, and also participate in religious communities - something which for many people is related to better health. 

However, the Duke Clergy Health Initiative conducted ground-breaking studies in 2008 that definitively pointed to worse chronic disease and obesity rates in North Carolina clergy compared to non-clergy North Carolinians, as well as higher depression rates compared to US adults.

What is going on?  At least on the surface, some of the issues are that clergy are caregivers who over-extend themselves, partly because they are so devoted to their sacred calling. 

As for obesity, the structure of pastors' workday offers many opportunities to eat unhealthy food (breaking donuts -- rather than bread -- with parishioners) and often requires a lot of driving to distant hospitals and meetings, with an average of 4 evenings out per week and fast food being a ready solution for dinner.

In the ten years since these initial studies, the Clergy Health Initiative has developed and tested several health and well-being interventions, with success in improving pastors' physical health, but unfortunately not in decreasing depression rates.  Also, many pastors still struggle with stress symptoms.    

The Duke Endowment, our constant funder during these years, enabled us to study clergy flourishing and positive mental health and then plan a new intervention study with the goal of decreasing stress symptoms in clergy and improving heart rate variability.

To this end, we are hiring a Program Coordinator, Senior, to plan and coordinate data collection, compilation, and documentation, as well as liaise with the interventionists and document the intervention for this intervention study.  In addition, the Research Program Leader will plan and direct activities across the multiple clergy health studies in place and anticipated. These include a longitudinal panel survey that has five waves to date since 2008; a prospective survey and qualitative interview study of seminary students; multiple dissemination groups and activities; and potentially a 'rapid research response' effort.    

Our research and intervention work is exciting and ever-changing. Our team members are both in Duke Divinity School and the Duke Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research. We work hard to be good partners with many United Methodist Church and other denomination leaders at national, state, and local levels; this partnership includes learning from them and feeding back research findings.

Our research is on holistic health in that we are interested in the mind, body, and spirit, and the prospective seminary study seeks to identify how clergy can sustain their holistic health long-term in ministry, in a day and age in which church work and parishioner involvement is changing.   
Occupational Summary 

The Research Analyst will work independently and as part of a team to plan, organize, and conduct research studies. Currently, the studies are funded with the Duke Clergy Health Initiative research team and consist of both intervention studies and longitudinal cohort studies.  The current topics are occupational health, mental and physical health, and stress symptom reduction.
Job tasks:
Perform a variety of complex and independent activities involved in the collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of social and health related information. Establish work procedures and research protocols; set up interviews with research participants and stakeholders; and communicate with research participants and stakeholders. 
Evaluate and interpret collected data, which may include qualitative analysis and coding using qualitative software. Prepare oral presentations and written reports. Identify data needed to asses progress and trends; examine those data and suggest recommendations or conclusions. 

Develop data entry forms, identify survey measures, design surveys and in-depth interview guides, and coordinate the data collection related to surveys, in-depth interviews, and other methods of data collection. 
Confer with the principal investigator in developing plans for research projects and discuss the interpretation of results for various stakeholders, including the study funder, clergy / occupational supervisors, and academic outlets, including the preparation of manuscripts for publication. 

Supervise the work of lower level employees engaged in the collection and tabulation of data; train new personnel.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
 Location Durham


Job Family Level 11

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

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Minimum Qualifications

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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.


Work requires a bachelor's degree in a field related to the specific position.


Work requires four years of experience in research/data analysis or related position. A related master's degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two year master's degree in lieu two years of experience. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Special Skills

Must have a driver’s license and be able to drive;  some travel in North Carolina is needed

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  Supervisory and mentoring skills and plus