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Senior Research Coordinator

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Department of Public Health
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade range/grant
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General Summary of Position:

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Senior Research Coordinator manages the day-to-day operations of human research studies throughout the implementation of research projects, from inception to completion.  S/he will collaborate with a team of health scientists and research staff with diverse background.  S/he will manage field operations of human research studies or public health program evaluations funded by federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and state government agencies. S/he will be responsible for managing the field operations of the Healthy Aging and Neighborhood Study (HANS). Supported by the National Institute on Aging, HANS is being conducted in multi-ethnic and multi-racial older adult populations in northeastern and central Massachusetts. S/he will work closely with investigators and research staff on and off campus to design, initiate, and execute field work in local communities. S/he will be responsible for engaging, recruiting, enrolling, interviewing, measuring and communicating with study participants. S/he will train and supervise field staff, student research assistants and co-ops. S/he will help recruit, select, supervise and direct the activities of research coordinators, data collection staff, student research assistants, and co-ops. S/he will assist the principal investigator to report study progress in compliance with sponsor requirements.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Masters degree in community health, gerontology, behavioral science, psychology, sociology, or epidemiology
  • Excellent organization, analytical, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead a team of field research staff with diverse racial/ethnic, cultural background and diverse scientific expertise
  • Strong oral and written communication skills that are necessary for interacting effectively with study participants and local community organizations, and project team members
  • Ability to work independently and collaborating with a team of scientists with diverse expertise and research experience
  • Knowledge of and working experience in federal requirements for the conduct of human studies
  • 5+ years of experience in working with older adults and aging/gerontological/geriatric studies
  • Proficient in use of productivity software (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Proficient in computer and phone conference capability to complete study activities remotely
  • A vehicle and a valid MA Driver’s License are required to conduct field work

Additional Considerations:

  • Knowledge of geography and communities in Central and Northeastern Massachusetts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in working in African American, Hispanic or Asian communities
  • Bilingual or multilingual, ability to communicate proficiently in both English and any of Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

  • This position is contingent upon funding.
  • All staff must have gone through human subjects protection training, and active certification for human subject studies (e.g., CITI certificates).
  • All staff are required to work in communities, and interact with clients/study participants on and off campus as needed by the projects.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. 

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