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Soc/Clin Research Specialist – Contributing-190030

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Soc/Clin Research Specialist – Contributing
Working Title Data Coordinator
Position Number 20037942, 20037943
Vacancy ID P012518
Budgeted Hiring Range $45,000 – $51,000
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent GN09
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Name and Number Carolina Population Center-631100
Date First Posted 03/25/2021
Closing Date 04/19/2021
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Research Professionals
Department Description

The Carolina Population Center is a community of scholars and professionals collaborating on interdisciplinary research and methods that advance understanding of population issues. The Center extends its resources to path-breaking work across the US and in more than 50 other countries and makes its findings available to a global audience. A nationally recognized training program educates the next generation of population scholars.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) is housed at the Carolina Population Center (CPC). Add Health is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of 90,000 adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-1995 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into adulthood with five interviews. The study combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships. The fifth wave of interviews, conducted in 2016-18, expanded the collection of biological data. Add Health has been awarded 2 grants to follow up over 13,000 respondents nationwide with a sixth wave of data collection to take place in 2022-24. This new wave will include a complex sampling plan as well as mixed-mode data collection, incorporating web and in-person survey methods. An ancillary study/satellite project, Microbiome and Biological Aging in the Add Health Study (R01AG066498), was recently awarded to collect microbiome samples from respondents in the Add Health cohort.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description


The Data Coordinator is a firewall-protected position with access to respondent identifiers for Add Health, a national, longitudinal study spanning over two decades. This position will work under the supervision of the Add Health PII Manager to oversee three major fieldwork subcontractors (the survey data collector, the biomarker data collector, and the laboratory for study specimen processing, assay and storage) and assist with ancillary study/satellite project components for the Microbiome Study. The Data Coordinator works as part of the Add Health data management team for project planning and development purposes, works as a team with the PII Manager to develop and manage databases, and also works independently to respond to respondent inquiries and needs and perform data/information collection via email, mail and phone communications for multiple Add Health related studies. In addition, the Data Coordinator will co-manage a confidential records system database housed within a secure data facility at CPC and help to develop research communications scripts and materials packaging. This position is supervised by the PII Manager. Due to the nature of this firewall-protected position, the consequences of error are substantial as other members of the Add Health team cannot work in tandem with this position for quality control checks. Therefore, the risk and magnitude of errors related to database management and direct interaction with human subjects are significant as they must be detected by the Data Coordinator or the PII Manager themselves. Overall, the Data Coordinator will play an integral role within the research team, and supports the PII Manager, data management team and research project as a whole.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

– A minimum of one year of training or experience working with a social science research project, or combination of training and experience necessary to perform the work.
– Must be able to work independently with minimal oversight.
– Requires prior relevant experience with databases and/or data programming.
– Must have excellent documentation skills and attention to detail.
– Requires strong verbal and written communication skills.
– Requires experience using Microsoft Office products, especially Access and Excel and demonstrated experience working with a computer database or tracking system. As well as a high level of accuracy when working within the tracking database.
– This position requires basic knowledge of social/clinical research principles, study design, methods of data/information collection, and analysis used to complete defined duties and responsibilities; knowledge of research and data security principles; combines SAS, SPSS or Stata programming with Access experience and data coordination abilities to complete defined assignments.
– Must have excellent communication and documentation skills, a clear speaking voice, and experience interacting with research subjects by phone, email, or mail.

Must have the ability to:
– Retrieve data/information to be collected and documented from data collection/fieldwork subcontractors.
– Gather and document individual resources needed to complete work, and to assist the PII Manager with implementation of resources.
– Plan work to meet established project deadlines, requiring the ability to monitor the work of data collection/fieldwork subcontractors and instruct their staff on proper protocol as necessary.
– Coordinate assigned projects, including respondent communication management, collecting consent data from subcontractors, scheduling/tracking visits, tracking respondent lab results, and reporting confidential lab results to respondents.
– Follow established guidelines for assessing subcontractor compliance with protocol and manuals of operational procedures.
– Monitor and collect data/information from project data collection/fieldwork subcontractors, including consent, visit, and lab result data.
– Input those data/information collected into database with limited supervision.
– Perform statistical analysis as required for reporting.
– Observe and report data/information trends to project leadership.
– Produce fieldwork estimates using established guidelines, tools, methods, and general statistical practice.
– Convey clear and concise information verbally and in written form, as the Data Coordinator will manage respondent communications on a daily basis.
– Communicate detailed outcomes and results of research to the project leadership, including the directors.
– Assist the PII Manager in preparation of research findings and reports.
– Collect information for grant writing and reporting, including reports on consents and subcontractor performance.
– Assist in consultation and gather information in response to project inquiries.
– Instruct others, including the subcontractor staff, in data/information collection in order to securely transmit and receive respondent information.
– Document the steps needed to conduct data/information collection/analysis.
– Review and maintain correct standard operations, procedures, and protocols, training and re-training subcontractor staff as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience with SAS, SPSS, or Stata.
– Familiarity with SQL.
– Experience using design programs like Illustrator, Photoshop, or Venngage.
– Knowledge/experience of human subjects and confidentiality issues related to research.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Overtime occasionally
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Specialist position.
    • Bachelor's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 1 year of related training or experience.
    • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate in an unrelated field and at least 5 years of related training and/or experience.
    • Master's and/or Doctorate in a discipline related to the field assigned.
    • Associate's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 3 years of related training or experience.
    • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 5 years of experience related to the field assigned (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 4 years experience).
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal at least 9 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 6 years of experience).
    • None of the above
  2. * Describe your work experience with social science research projects.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your experience working with a database or tracking system.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What strengths would you bring to this position?

    (Open Ended Question)