Research Associate 2, HSS

Connecticut, United States
10 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Bargaining Unit

None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)

Time Type

Full time

Duration Type


If Fixed Duration, Period

1 year from date of hire

If Fixed Duration, is continuation possible?


Other Fixed Duration Date


Compensation Grade

Clinical & Research

Compensation Grade Profile

Research Associate 2 HSS (23)

Work Location

Medical School Campus

Worksite Address

2 Church Street South Doctor's Building
New Haven, CT 06519

Work Week

Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)

Searchable Job Family

Research Res Support, Research/Support

Total # of hours to be worked:


Position Focus:

The position will be housed within the Health Justice Lab at Yale School of Medicine, led by Dr. Emily Wang. The Health Justice Lab and its affiliated faculty is a collaborative, innovative, interdisciplinary team focused on improving the health of individuals and communities who are impacted by mass incarceration. Its members include physician-scientists, individuals with a history of incarceration, substance use experts, sociologists, social workers, and medical informaticists. We are part of national network of programs called the Transitions Clinic Network, that all focus on the health needs of this population and work with community health workers who have been previously incarcerated as part of the primary care team, and part of our lab. We have received a grant to conduct a multisite study of the role Transitions Clinic programs around the country in connecting people with opioid use disorder who are on medication for their use disorder while incarcerated to ongoing community addiction and primary care after release from jail. The person hired will oversee research activities associated with the Connecticut research site in Bridgeport Ct. This will entail high level research skills for data collection, including consenting and enrolling participants who are incarcerated in the Bridgeport jail and working closely with correctional staff and staff from the Opioid Treatment Program, Recovery Network of Programs, that is delivering medications for addiction in the jail and with Optimus which is the community health center where participants will be getting primary care.

Job responsibilities will be as follows:

  1. Submit and/or revise documents to Institutional Review Board (IRB). This will require collaboration with investigators in North Carolina whose IRB will be the single IRB for this study.
  2. Attend meetings in person or via webinar with National Institute of Drug Addiction (NIDA) who is the grant sponsor and coordinating all grantees to use similar procedures and surveys.
  3. Work with the Program Manager, who will also be at Yale, to translate findings from these meetings into comprehensive and detailed communication with Transitions Clinic Network (TCN) study site research assistants and investigators
  4. Attend trainings for community health workers, research associates and site investigators that will be lead by the Executive TCN team in California
  5. Run a weekly meeting of local study personnel to review recruitment and study procedures and trouble shoot issues with research as these issues arise, and attend a study-wide weekly or biweekly research meeting of all sites
  6. Record and compile information related to research. This will involve entering data according to research protocol specifications using paper and pencil, computer, or mobile technologies as well as large research databases. This will also require an ability to obtain clearance to enter the Bridgeport jail regularly
  7. Generate reports on status of research activities as needed for grants. This will entail independently writing long in-depth, high quality summaries that periodically summarize data throughout the project period, as well as drafting manuscripts
  8. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research procedures, or survey instruments and obtaining approval from the institutional review board.
  9. Organizing any in-person study personnel meetings, this would require booking space, food, travel logistics for all study personnel (at least 20)
  10. Work directly with the Department of Correction (DOC) in Connecticut to coordinate all research related activities.
  11. Perform additional functions related to research activities, as needed, including writing manuscripts.
  12. Attend laboratory meetings once weekly.
  13. Work closely with principal investigator and statistician at University of Connecticut to analyze study data.

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:

Data analysis skills. Excellent people, verbal, writing organizational skills. Thorough and detail-oriented. Professional demeanor. Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, EndNotes, SAS/SPSS. 

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent knowledge of criminal justice system. Demonstrated experience conducting research in marginalized populations.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Experience with organizing and coordinating research that is funded by the National Institutes of Health or a similarly rigorous research organization. Ability to assist in and conduct statistical analysis of clinical trials.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Experience in large research trials, with preference for community engaged research and nationally funded research, including IRB submission, obtaining informed consent, statistical analysis, and dissemination of data.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule and prioritize work appropriately.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Postgraduate degree in a related field. Experience with justice involved individuals and the criminal justice system is highly sought after. Being bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus. Individuals with a personal history of incarceration, people of color, women, and LBGTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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