The incumbent will be under direct supervision of the Principal Investigator but must be able to act independently and exercise good judgment in the diverse day-to-day issues that arise on the project(s). The incumbent will serve as the liaison for interactions among the research team, Medical Center staff and outside institutional staff as well as the research participants involved in the projects(s)/program. Research functions at VACHS are extensive and complex. The Research Office assists investigators and their staff (currently consisting of over 800 members of approved research personnel) including more than 100 principal investigators with research projects funded by VA, National Institutes of Health (NIH), VA Connecticut Research and Education Foundation (VACREF), Yale University, University of Connecticut, other voluntary agencies, and corporations. There are currently over 450 research projects. The research projects cover a wide range of biomedical disciplines from basic bench science to multi-center clinical trials. The VA funded research encompasses all of the programs supported by ORD: Biomedical Laboratory, Clinical Science, Rehabilitation, Health Services, multi-center Cooperative Studies; Career Development awards; and Research Career Scientist awards. In addition to these program components, the Research Service at VA Connecticut also encompasses a COIN Center - Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-Morbidities & Education (PRIME), a Clinical Epidemiology Research Center (CERC) and a Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC). Duties May include, but are not limited to: Coordinates the studies, assists in the development of new collaborations and grants for furthering strategic planning objectives for Research. Manages administrative aspects of multiple research projects and is responsible for day-to-day project management. Working closely with site-level Principal Investigators (PIs), the incumbent develops and maintains systems and databases designed to ensure that research projects comply with administrative policies, procedures and requirements set forth by entities such as the Central Office entities and/or local Services, and the data security guidelines and policies of the Office of Information Technology Oversight and Compliance. Participates in staff discussions to analyze data and plan further research and advises and assists PIs in the development of research data control activities. This involves, for example, selecting an appropriate target group; planning the screening process; establishing the records control for follow-ups; publicizing the activity; arranging for and coordinating study volunteer processing; and, evaluating and reporting on the activity's effectiveness. Responds to project staff requests for information regarding data and background materials related to specific project assignments. Develops, implements, and maintains database systems for data collection, tracking, and reporting; and performs analysis of the health science research programs and to coordinate individual project budgets. Develops and maintains databases to track the status of evaluation projects, grants, publications, funding, progress to date, and other administrative record-keeping. Oversees the preparation of all Research Safety/IRB protocols. Ensures that study protocols are adhered to by research staff and notify the PIs regarding any problems with Research Safety/IRB adherence/ timelines (e.g. adverse event reporting). Creates systems to monitor Research Safety/IRB protocols through to ending or renewal to include tracking submissions, review, responses and changes required by Research Safety/IRB offices. Reviews and summarizes policy changes affecting research grant applications and submissions to research oversight committees. Monitors compliance with reporting requirements, data security standards, mandatory training, and human subjects' protection laws and regulations. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Science Specialist/PD004860 and PD02906 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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