Research Associate I, Center for Drug & Health Studies
Job no: 499311
College / VP Area: College of Arts & Sciences
Work type: Staff
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time
PAY GRADE: 28N
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
The Center for Drug & Health Studies is housed in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice under the direction of Dr. Christy Visher. The principal mission of the Center for Drug & Health Studies is the utilization, production, and dissemination of scientific knowledge related to substance abuse, criminal behavior, and behavioral health to inform program development and policy implementation. (See www.cdhs.udel.edu) The Center directs projects for the State of Delaware using a variety of research techniques, including surveys of individuals, statistical analysis of administrative data, observation, and personal interviews. This position is ideal for someone who wants a professional level research position and who is keenly interested in substance use and/or mental health disorders in high-risk populations of youth and adults. It might also be suitable for an individual who wants to gain research experience before entering graduate school. The Research Associate I supports the research efforts of one or more Principal Investigators in the Center at the University of Delaware. The position will be funded via external funding to the Center. The position is temporary but renewable on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance. Under the general direction of Principal Investigator(s), the Research Associate I will implement the day-to-day activities of multiple research projects. These responsibilities include ensuring that all research protocols are adhered to, collecting research data, recording, analyzing, interpreting research data, and creating data related reports, documents, and slide decks, attending meetings, documenting work for funders.
- Demonstrates and applies thorough understanding of scientific methods, research protocols, assessment instruments, and data interpretation.
- Collects, analyzes, and interprets data; prepares statistical and narrative reports and/or graphs, as appropriate to the specific project.
- Searches computer databases for reference works, literature, documents, newspaper articles, and statistical records to obtain data on assigned subject for research projects.
- Implements data collection to ensure data integrity, accuracy control, and protocol compliance.
- Attends community and external project-related meetings on a regular basis, some meetings may take place on nights and weekends.
- Performs most research assignments independently with general direction and with instructions as to the general results expected.
- Writes reports and presents data to professional groups in formats such as data visual products, abstracts, graphs, bibliographies, or maps to convey mutual understanding of the project findings and results.
- Under PI and senior staff supervision, serves as collaborator in the preparation of co-authored reports and conference presentations.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree, with two years of related experience, preferably with a major or minor in one of the following areas: sociology, criminal justice, public policy, and health behavior.
- Knowledge and understanding of research procedures, data collection, and analysis.
- Knowledge of substance use and mental health.
- Experience working on state and/or federal funded grants.
- Familiarity with Delaware state agencies and Delaware substance use and mental health providers.
- Familiarity with interpreting qualitative and quantitative data.
- Skill in the use of computer applications for writing papers, creating data products, and making presentations (e.g., Word, PowerPoint).
- Ability to use statistical software packages (SPSS, Stata, NVivo) to analyze data preferred.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- Effective written communication skills (technical research and report documents, examples of written products required).
- Ability to work on multiple projects at once and prioritize tasks appropriately.
- Effective communication, human relations, and listening skills.
- Ability to collaborate with students, faculty and/or staff in a team environment.
- Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
- Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
- Willingness and ability to travel within the State of Delaware to attend community meetings and other project related meetings and for data collection.
- May need to work night and weekends.
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