Durham, North Carolina

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Children’s Health & Discovery  Initiative Research Associate


A Research Technician position is available in the Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) within the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. We are seeking motivated individuals to lead, coordinate, and perform a variety of complex independent and team activities involved in the planning, collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of social, economic, environmental, biological, clinical and health-related research information and data. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment directly with the CHDI Research Team and in conjunction with students, residents, fellows, faculty and other resarchers affiliated with the CHDI and Department of Pediatrics.

The position will also aid the overall research program, including: (1) coordination, growth and development of the program’s research portfolio, (2) oversight and management of CHDI-sponsored studies, including pilot projects; (3) assistance in maintaining databases of clinically-annotated banked tissues from CHDI patient cohorts, including Project HOPE1000, a longitudinal study of mother-infant dyads; (4) grant writing assistance for local, federal and/or foundation grants pertinent to the program; (5) oversight and management of clinical research protocols, data, and regulatory support, (6) screening and navigation for studies requiring access to CHDI and Department of Pediatrics research assets; (7) identification of potential collaborators and relevant programs that are pertinent to the research missions of the CHDI and the Department of Pediatrics.


Work Performed

  • Leads, assists with or contributes to the development of research protocols, statistical analysis plans, abstracts, and manuscripts drafts (including reference management and submission of materials) independently and in collaboration with trainees, faculty, and collaborators.
  • Carry-out literature review to guide research
  • Create descriptions of CHDI and Department of Pediatrics research projects for a variety of audiences
  • Develop data entry or collection Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for CHDI and Department of Pediatrics research projects and support programs
  • May serve as an alternate for the CHDI Research Director on committees and workgroups internal to Duke or externally in research areas of interest.
  • Recognizes when typical agreements (Material Transfer Agreements (MTA), Confidential Disclosure Agreement [(CDA), Data Use Agreement (DUA), Data Transfer Agreement (DTA), etc.) are necessary and alerts appropriate parties.
  • Identifies speakers for CHDI and Department of Pediatrics research education seminars
  • Develops and implements procedures for tracking research studies, including clinical biospecimen use, resource use, and project outputs
  • Manage and coordinate meetings, convenings, and seminars for the CHDI and Deparment of Pediatrics research leadership, including scheduling and creating agendas for meetings
  • Assists multiple study teams in developing protocols that include strategies and processes to ensure data security and provenance.
  • Assists in the development of study regulatory documentation, including IRBs, for research teams
  • Write operations and financial reports to share with research teams. 
  • Develop and implement study tracking procedures for clinical study cohorts managed by the CHDI, including creating regular enrollment reports, developing study advertisement materials, and coordinating and tracking use of study samples and applications for material and data use
  • Assist in research administration tasks, including preparing data and research materials for presentations and communications, and tracking metrics using various databases in REDCap, Qualtrics, Excel, Faculty Development System, etc.
  • Other Duties as Assigned


Job Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to work in a dynamic role in a collaborative team setting
  • Ability to take direction and feedback from multiple stakeholders and prioritize competing tasks
  • Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various solutions to problems. 
  • Analyze and synthesize findings, communicating results to multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Form and communicate action plans based on analysis of program results and stakeholder feedback
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with experience working in Excel.



Minimum Education/Training Job Requirements:

Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.


Minimum Experience Job Requirements:

None required above education/training requirement.



Minimum Qualifications



Work generally requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.



None required above education/training requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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