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Research Programs Manager (Center for Asthma Research)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
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Research Programs Manager (Center for Asthma Research)
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Job ResearchPrimary Location TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)Organization Allergy, Pulmonary and Critica 104383Shift Days

Research Program Manager

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Center for Asthma Research

The Center for Asthma Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center invites applications for a Research Program Manager. We are seeking an experienced individual with training and experience in pediatric and/or adult and/or clinical studies. The individual should ideally have experience in broad aspects of human studies, regulatory procedures, data management, and multi-site investigations. Experience in either asthma or pediatric studies would be helpful, although not essential. The ideal candidate will a) aide in coordinating research projects within a dynamic, extramurally-funded and productive clinical and epidemiologic research program focused on asthma prevention within the supportive infrastructure of the Center for Asthma Research, b) assist in developing new grant proposals, and c) aide in data coordination activities.


Experience, knowledge and assistance in the coordination of human studies and/or observational epidemiologic investigations is essential. Successful candidates should have an MPH, MSCI or equivalent degree (or have relevant experience), research coordination experience, significant regulatory experience, grant management experience, data management, and outstanding organizational, writing and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Background and interest in human studies or clinical trials, particularly in disease prevention, improving care, or implementing health innovations.
  • Strong research, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, data management, grant and budget management and communication skills.
  • Ability to organize complex studies.
  • Proactive and flexible demeanor with ability to effectively work in a team environment with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate.
  • Ability to remain goal-oriented and keep investigative team on track.

Please submit: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) letter outlining current research focus and relevant experience.

Key Functions Include:
  • Regulatory and contract document submission and management (35%)
  • Grant management (searches and data summary, background writing) (10%)
  • Manage bibliographies (5%)
  • Grant budget preparation (5%)
  • Data management oversight (15-20%) - this involves oversight and checking or analytic datasets for analysis prepared by the data team and the sharing of datasets with collaborators or de-identified metadata that requires upload for data mandated by the NIH to be made public. This requires a skill set of someone who is familiar with electronic databases, manipulation and data re-formatting, and data checking.
  • Data analysis (moderate familiarity with R or SAS or STATA) - (10-15%) - Ability to generate tables and reports needed to manage research team. This requires some basic biostatistical skills and ability to generate standardized reports in collaboration with the data team.
  • Report preparation, data and scientific updates (10%) - writing up summaries of data, conference call minutes, preparing agendas, creating tables and/or figures for grants or manuscripts.
  • Coordination of and running meetings and conference calls (5%)
  • Oversight and coordination of students and research assistants on team and delegation of duties

Hartert Lab Information

Dr. Hartert's lab is seeking to identify causal risk factors for asthma, understand their mechanism of action, and develop and test primary and secondary prevention strategies for asthma and allergic diseases.

Department Summary:
The Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care is directed by Dr. Timothy Blackwell and its mission is to:
  • deliver world-class clinical care to patients with allergic diseases, pulmonary conditions, and critical illness through employing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach with a wide range of clinical programs.
  • lead in the development of cutting-edge, patient-focused research that extends from basic discoveries to clinical implementation.
  • provide state-of-the-art education and training including a strong fellowship program to inspire and nurture the next generation of leaders in allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, and critical care.

Work hours: Monday - Friday, Normal Daytime Business Hours

View how Vanderbilt Health employees celebrate the difference they make every day:

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity - of culture, thinking, learning and leading - is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:
  • US News & World Report: #1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children's Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
  • Healthcare's Most Wired: Among the nation's 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
  • Becker's Hospital Review: named as one of the "100 Great Hospitals in America", in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
  • The Leapfrog Group: One of only 10 children's hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
  • Magnet Recognition Program: Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
  • National Academy of Medicine: 22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6th year in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years experience.
  • Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:
    • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
    • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
    • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
    • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
    • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
    • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
    • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
    • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.

    • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
    • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
    • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.


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