Associate Director, Research Projects

Emory University
Decatur, GA
Closing date
Sep 30, 2021

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Reports to a principal investigator of sponsored projects.
Exercises considerable latitude and independent judgment in overseeing the day-to-day operation of the research core.
Serves as a consultant and provides technical expertise in scientific theory, research and methods of collection and analysis of data sets for a variety of research projects.
Using an advanced knowledge of research methodology and techniques, provides leadership in the planning and development of survey instruments, guidelines, and procedures to collect required data.
Coordinates various aspects of the study.
Routinely develops research protocols.
Reviews and edits text for studies.
Conducts extensive literature searches and effectively summarizes reported research findings and their applicability to the research.
Coordinates research and intervention activities with the team.
Provides direction to consultants and team members.
Coordinates and conducts special meetings.
Develops and conducts presentations, represents Emory at national meetings, and co-authors publications.
Collaborates on or authors reports and papers.
Performs related responsibilities as required.


Be the primary contact between Principal Investigator, NIH and other study teams, organize monthly meetings and follow overall and site project progresses
Work in conjunction with Principal Investigator and NIH team to accomplish goals, projects and research initiatives for assigned Clinical Trials. Work collaboratively with all functional areas to facilitate teamwork and communication that will support the success of the clinical and research protocol.
Oversee all aspects of the protocol development process including drafting of protocols, consent forms and their modifications as required. Oversee all aspects of clinical trials/research projects budgeting, salary planning, research expense accounting, and resolution of research related charges. Facilitate approval process with internal review board (IRB) at the PI site as well as regulatory compliance for the study and each site.
Draft and maintain Management Plan in accordance with the Scope of Work, Project Plan and milestones; work with appropriate staff to develop, or/and follow up finalizing of all required documents (CRFs, Pharmacy Manual, Monitoring Plan, SOPs as required).
Ensure an accurate plan for Production Site in concordance with Clinical Sites. Follows timely production, quality and distribution of the product. Monitor recruitment for each site, collect AEs and report to Principal Investigator and NIH. Oversee quality assurance functions for assigned services, lead/participate in routine audits for data quality, regulatory compliance, patient safety issues related to clinical trial.
Ensure accurate maintenance of internal systems, databases, tracking tools, timelines and project plans with project specific information. Work closely with project teams to ensure timely resolution of research project issues related to development and setting up the projects, respect of timelines. Contribute to activities that will progress the availability of tools and programs that facilitate data acquisition, storage and sharing in close collaboration with Bioinformatic Department.
Ensure study timelines are met, preparing yearly progress reports and final study reports, review the data and the budget / or reports for accuracy and compliance. Ensure the proper filing, maintenance and archiving of study documentation, participate in proficiency assay groups and grant writing.


Masters degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Sociology, Psychology or a related discipline and five or more years of research/professional experience, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
Effective writing, analytic, presentation and organizational skills.
Experience managing and executing multiple projects and working with senior health policy makers and executives is preferred.
Experience conducting focus groups.

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