Research Scientist

Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Scientist
Department Senior VP Health Sciences (6801)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The University of Arizona is seeking a non-tenure eligible, Research Scientist, focusing on biomedical and translational research in the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Research Study and other duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Translational Research in Special Populations (AVPTR).

The Research Scientist, will report to and managed by the AVPTR. This position may lead into a Research Associate Professor if qualifications are met. The ideal candidate will conduct specialized research in the fields of clinical and/or translational research, community outreach and engagement, as well as cancer health disparities and recruitment of underserved populations to clinical trials. This position will be leading the development of long-term relationships with underserved population and minorities in the state.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assist with all administrative functions and provide oversight of operations of Research Study and in evaluating performance of project using relevant metrics.
  • Prepare recurring or special reports on program activities. Develop and maintain program timeline and actively managing study progress.
  • Establish, maintain confidential data collection, tracking systems, leveraging analytics to make recommendations to senior leaders.
  • Provide clarity to team members on project tasks and schedule through various project phases. Prepare deliverables and presentations to stakeholders, meeting coordination, and administrative tasks.
  • Collaborate closely with team members to determine research study scope, priority, resource allocation, budget, infrastructure, building and logistics.
  • Train and supervise study Navigators and programs, while proactively managing study by using critical thinking skills to anticipate study tasks as needed.
  • Support AVPTR with management and tracking of assigned projects and research initiatives in support of program mission. Define problems, troubleshoot, and identify potential solutions.
  • Consult and review research progress with PI in the design of projects, and preparation of research proposals and writes scientific articles with results of research work while assisting PI in preparing grant proposals.
  • Expand collaborative efforts with the University of Arizona biomedical scientists and physician scientists. In addition to establishing expertise in working with diverse communities.
  • Perform scientific data collections, reductions and analyses involving routine procedures characterized by moderate use of independent judgment.
  • Write summaries of projects, documenting findings and procedures used and assist in writing manuscripts.
  • Participate at international scientific meetings to display research via poster display or oral presentations.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of business planning and management practices and techniques.
  • Knowledge of IRB submission and compliance documents.
  • Pre and post-award management.
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis.
  • Skill in report writing, analyzing and evaluating research data.
  • Experience with grant progress reports and in the conduct and analysis of research data.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate degree in Science or Health Education.
  • 2 years’ experience managing research studies or managerial skills.
  • 2 years’ experience working with extramural funding agencies, e.g. NIH, NSF, PICORI, Foundations, and industry sponsors.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • PhD in health science/education field
  • Track record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding
  • Citations of work in national and state-level agencies and panels including state legislatures
  • Experience in community-based participatory research or training
  • National collaborations in the area of community outreach and engagement
  • Active, federal agency-funded peer-reviewed research at the level of Principal Investigator (PI), Multiple PI, or Project Director of a program project grant award
  • Three or more years related experience-leading teams.
  • Established expertise in working with diverse communities.
  • Clinical research coordination, project coordination and/or manager experience, preferred.
  • Post-award experience with knowledge of Federal and University guidelines.
  • Demonstrate understanding of academic basic and clinical medical research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Excellent organizational, critical thinking, and decision making skills.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $85,000 - $95,000 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22190
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Anabel Moreno,

Open Date 11/06/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Review Begins On 11/16/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you possess a Doctorate degree in Science or Health Education?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Upon hire, will you possess at least two (2) years’ of experience managing research studies or managerial skills?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Upon hire, will you possess at least two (2) years’ of experience working with extramural funding agencies, e.g. NIH, NSF, PICORI, Foundations, and industry sponsors?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents