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Research Specialist, Senior Scholarly Projects - Professional, Institutional Research II (Phoenix)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Institutional Research and Planning

Posting Number: req5842

Department: COM Phoenix Academic Affairs

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: 435 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA

Position Highlights

The Research Specialist, Senior, for the Scholarly Project Department will serve as a point of contact in Academic Affairs to consult with medical students and their mentors in support of their mandatory scholarly project. Students will work closely with mentors and the Scholarly Project Department throughout the four years of their research project. Through this process students learn about medical information literacy, lifelong learning, teamwork, effective communication, research methods, evidence-based medicine approaches and ethics related to scholarly inquiry. This position requires an extensive understanding of human subjects federal regulations and University of Arizona policies. A major emphasis is placed on the ability to guide medical students through the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application process.

  •  Year 1: Students pair with a faculty mentor with similar interests and goals. The student and mentor submit a project prospectus. Once IRB compliance is fulfilled the student begins the research project.
  • Year 2: The student and mentor meet regularly to carry out the research project. The student provides an oral presentation of their progress to a panel of faculty.
  • Year 3 (the clerkship year): The student and mentor continue to meet regularly, however, the student's time to work on the project may be limited due to clerkship activities.
  • Year 4: The student submits a final poster and thesis summarizing their scholarly project. Each student presents a poster at the annual Student Research Symposium, where selected students also provide oral slide presentations.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix anchors the 28-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus in the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The College inspires and trains individuals to become exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders who are life-long learners and inquisitive scholars. We embrace professionalism, innovation and collaboration to optimize health and health care for all. The Phoenix Biomedical Campus embodies the University's priorities of engagement, partnership, innovation, and synergy in its world-class academic and research initiatives, with clinical facilities throughout Greater Phoenix. The campus also houses the UA Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy, and Nursing, as well as Northern Arizona University's College of Health and Human Services, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium.

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 retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists medical students, faculty and mentors with IRB applications and continuing review forms if needed.
  • Maintains an electronic tracking system for student projects.
  • Monitors the human subjects regulatory environment to ensure that any changes to regulations are immediately implemented and communicated to medical students and faculty.
  • Works directly with Human Subjects Protection Office to remain current with changes to the forms required in the application process.
  • Assists in developing, recommending and implementing SOPs to enhance efficiency of operations.
  • Assists in directing medical students who require animals to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Maintains an approval and tracking system that monitors all surveys that are sent to COM-P students.
  • Tracks and reports publication, survey research, and compliance data.
  • Serves as a campus administrator for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program.
  • Interfaces with students and faculty, with a focus on customer service and focus on student growth.
  • Assists the students with all steps of the research process. 
  • Works with Institutional Review Board (IRB) departments at other institutions to problem solve as needed.
  • Participate in other research compliance and training opportunities, including, IRD workshops and HSPP trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned in support of department initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is typically required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Capacity to engage professionally with seasoned and high-level researchers, community physicians, faculty and staff.
  • Strong understanding of research methods and IRB rules and regulations.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
  • Ability to track and maintain project progress.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in use of software such as Google Docs, MS Word, Excel and web-based programs.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and strong background in human research and regulatory requirements.
  • Experience interacting with students and faculty members as evidenced in experience in a learning or academic environment.
  • Demonstrated Customer service experience.
  • Knowledge of Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Past experience working with IRB protocol and/or CIP training.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Planning and Analysis

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $47,048 - $57,392 Annually, Depending on Experience

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Inst Research & Assessment

Job Function

Planning & Analysis

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

College of Medicine-Phoenix, Office of Human Resources

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

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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. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, 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 a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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