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Research Associate for NIH-funded study on fathers

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Laboratory and Research
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

Competitive salary commensurate with
relevant experience.

The Research Associate
will provide services to a research study, "Fathers
and Families". Fathers and families
is a longitudinal study funded
through NIH that will examine the role of fathers on young children's emerging
health behaviors, including diet, physical activity and sleep.

The Research Associate
will report to Dr. Kirsten Davison, principal investigator of the study.

The Research Associate will primarily
be responsible for recruiting and managing a sample of 500 minority fathers, who
will be part of a supplemental cohort for the Fathers & Families study. Participants for Fathers & Families were
recruited from an existing cohort of young adults who have been followed for
the past 15-20 years. Approximately 500 fathers have been recruited to date
from this cohort; this group is referred to as the original cohort.
Unfortunately, almost 95% of fathers in the original cohort are non-Hispanic white.
To address the lack of diversity in the sample, a supplemental cohort will be
established and followed for two years. The Research Associate will work with
collaborators at the University of Michigan to recruit approximately 500 non-white
fathers through Michigan Medicine along with their coparents. Data will be
collected from families once a year for two years. The Research Associate will manage
all aspects of recruitment and survey administration for the supplemental
minority cohort. Additionally, the Research Associate will work with the larger
research team for the NIH-funded study - including students, research staff and
investigators from Boston College, Brigham and Women's Hospital and University
of Guelph - to ensure alignment of research procedures for the main cohort and
the supplemental cohort. Essential Functions:

Administrative Tasks (30%): Manage IRB applications and documentation; Create
tables for annual progress reports to NIH; Process participant compensation;
Compile updated contact information for participants

Research (60%): Create surveys within Qualtrics and distribute to participants; Create
and manage a Redcap database to track recruitment, participant demographics and
house survey data; Work with the larger research team to plan survey items;
Compile child height and weight data from child medical records; Perform basic
data management duties such as cleaning administrative data sets; Compile
comprehensive documentation for the source of all survey items

and Collaboration (10%): Prepare meeting agendas and meeting notes for research
team meetings; Attend virtual and onsite (at Brigham and Women's Hospital)
research team meetings for the main NIH study and the supplemental minority
cohort; Work with collaborators at the University of Michigan to plan the
details of the recruitment strategy for the minority cohort; Work
collaboratively with a postdoctoral fellow on research tasks for the main NIH
study as needed; Provide regular updates on all tasks to Dr. Davison

The Research Associate position is a 35
hour/week job. The Research Associate
may at times need to work outside normal business hours in order to meet
demands in the field, but this will be infrequent. It is desirable, but not required, for the
Research Associate to travel to the University of Michigan approximately once a
year for 2-3 days to foster stronger working relationships with the Michigan


Undergraduate degree required in health, social work or a related field
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
At least one year research experience, including experience with participant recruitment and data collection
Experience working in a team environment
Experience engaging with underserved populations in diverse contexts
Knowledge of the application of technology for data collection, fidelity monitoring and quality improvement
Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint
Additional preferred experience: developing and administering online surveys, managing research-related data using platforms such Qualtrics and Redcap
The Research Associate will need to be a self-driven, creative thinker with strong organizational abilities, and communication and research skills to assist the principal investigator and research partners in conducting day-to-day operations, data collection and analysis
The Research Associate will demonstrate competency in: cross-cultural communication, data collection and analysis, digital literacy

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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