Research Associate 2, HSS

Connecticut, United States
29 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

We are recruiting a Research Associate to join our multidisciplinary team conducting randomized clinical trials to advance treatment of and HIV prevention among individuals with opioid use disorder in hospital and community settings. The Research Associate will be responsible for working with a high degree of independence and limited supervision to assist the PI and co-Investigators with implementation and coordination of all aspects of the research project(s). The Research Associate will be responsible for recruiting and consenting clients in these settings, completing research assessments, and coordinating delivery of the intervention. Study activities may occur in New Haven and/or at community sites in Bridgeport, Hartford and Danbury.

The individual in this position will be responsible for the below activities.

Initiate IRB protocols, modifications, and amendments. Maintain current trainings to conduct human subjects research and participate in trainings related to protocol implementation.

Recruit, screen (for study eligibility), consent, and enroll participants.

Perform randomization for enrolled participants in the clinical trials data management system. Enter all research data into clinical trials data management system in real time.

Schedule study participants for intervention visits and follow-up assessments.

Collect, test, and ship (as applicable) blood and genetic samples. Perform urine collection and testing activities.

Manage participants’ compensation tasks, including ordering and maintaining supply of gift cards or cash, ensuring accuracy of compensation, distributing participant compensation and tracking participant compensation.

Conduct follow-up activities (phone calls, mailings, and in-person reminders) to ensure that participants return for follow-up visits. Perform follow up visits as appropriate.

Respond to all data queries in a timely fashion.

Maintain current and accurate study records. Design and implement quality control measures to ensure accuracy of dataset.

Design study forms for clinical trials data management system.

Complete regular inventory of study medications (as indicated) and supplies and report information as relevant.

Obtain relevant medication information per protocols and with appropriate consents (e.g., medical record abstraction, fill/refill data from pharmacies).

Organize study team meetings and conference calls. Develop reports for weekly and monthly team meetings.

Develop study manuals, forms and questionnaires. Contribute to writing projects such as grants and manuscripts.

Act as primary liaison for Yale team, agency staff, multiple IRBs, funding agencies, and laboratories.

May perform other research duties as appropriate.

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:

Experience in recruiting patient participants in a clinic or agency setting and obtaining informed consent.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and organizational skills, professionalism, and the ability to function independently. Proven attention to detail as required for data collection and data entry.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and highly-motivated.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Experience with electronic medical records. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel.) Knowledge of medical terminology. Ability to obtain relevant health information, such as pharmacy data.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work as part of a team with diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Ability to provide reports on study progress during weekly team meetings.

Weekend Hours Required?


Evening Hours Required?


Drug Screen


Health Screening


Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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