RESEARCH SPECIALIST
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

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Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
This position is being recruited for at the Journey Competency Level under the Career Banding Program. The hiring range for this position is $35,363-$55,444, and the salary grade equivalent is 70.
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POSITION DESCRIPTION: This Research Specialist position supports clinical research within the Division of Pulmonology in the Department of Pediatrics.

This position directly supports the extensive research endeavors of the Pediatric Pulmonary Division by supporting multiple research studies, particularly those utilizing results from the Infant Pulmonary Function Testing Lab (iPFT). The Research Specialist will: perform a variety of infant, preschool and school age pulmonary function tests; monitor patient conditions pre-, during, and post-procedure; organize the iPFT Lab; maintain laboratory equipment; present, interpret and analyze data for research publications/presentations and grant applications; enter subject and testing data into research databases. Other responsibilities may include: regulatory documentation (IRB, CTRC) prep, clinical study subject recruitment, coordination of research visits, and assistance in the development of study procedures. The Research Specialist will interact with children and families, obtain informed consent for studies, and collect/obtain various biological samples and/or test results, per protocol. This individual will work closely with the senior Research Specialist in the iPFT lab and will meet regularly with the iPFT Medical Director for guidance; however, considerable day-to-day decision making will be performed by the Research Specialist.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS: Previous experience in a clinical environment; knowledge of lung function physiology and testing; enthusiasm for and patience while working with young children; experience with standard computer systems/programs (including MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint); and demonstrated ability to work independently with limited guidance. The selected candidate will demonstrate an eagerness to learn and participate in research and clinical work, and be particularly attentive to detail and accuracy. The role requires an organized, flexible individual, able to handle multiple, competing priorities utilizing effective time management skills and capable of operating safely and efficiently in a clinical research environment. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are required for the role to function as part of a team. The selected candidate will be a certified Respiratory Therapist and be PALS certified.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preferably, the selected candidate will have experience with: human studies research including direct patient interaction (particularly children and families), and operations in an academic-clinical department. Previous experience as a Respiratory Therapist and/or experience at UNC School of Medicine or UNC Hospitals is desirable.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements:
Position/Work Schedule Requirements:
M-F 800 - 500

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