The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) is one of six USDA human research centers created by Congress to study the effects of human nutrition on health. The HNRCA is the site for conducting some of the most advanced research in the world on the relationship between nutrition and the aging process.
The Informatics Core (Biostatistics and Data Management Unit) is one of the HNRCA core service units. The core unit consults and assists in study design, implementation, and data analysis/management and develops new bioinformatics techniques and software to support HNRCA research activities. Scientists confer with the unit in the early stages of a study to discuss project goals, available resources, accepted statistical, bioinformatics and data management practices.
Welcoming all applicants! This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates seeking an entry-level opportunity to learn, develop and grow.
What You'll Do
The Data Management Specialist reports to the Associate Director of Informatics and will work on a team to provide oversight and guidance to HNRCA researchers regarding data management. You will be responsible for the implementation of clinical research management software for human subject research.
You will provide training services and data management services to HNRCA investigators, staff, and trainees. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
Training services include:
Conduct workshops and training for labs, core units, and trainees on data management best practices
Convey data sharing and retention policies
Data Management services include:
Partner with investigators and the HNRCA bioinformatician, statisticians and analysts to develop, refine, and implement data collection and management plans
Provide guidance for data collection, quality control and data cleaning
Contribute to development of plans for data close-out and codebooks, data sharing, and data retention
What We're Looking For
Knowledge and experience typically acquired through a Bachelor’s degree in health sciences or related field
Strong data management skills including the ability to handle and organize data from different sources, and perform QC
Understanding of clinical documentation
Knowledge of software and technology for data collection and data management
Experience with data management software programs
Excellent verbal and written skills, good organizational, interpersonal, and team skills
Basic Programming skills (Preferably Python, R or SAS)
Demonstrate proficiency in English language skills (reading ,writing, and speaking)
Proficient in Microsoft Office
1 or more years experience in data management and/or related work experience in an academia and/or research setting
Master’s degree in health sciences related field
Experience in writing data collection and management plans for grant applications and manuscripts
Must be willing and able to learn and use new software proficiently
Exceptional skills working with people of all backgrounds and willingness to work with collaborators inside and outside of Tufts University
Self-motivated individual with strong organizational skills
Strong time management and ability to handle multiple projects, organize work, and set priorities to meet deadlines while working within prescribed time constraints
Confidentiality and discretion is essential
Ability to monitor trends and practices in data sharing and data retention and develop implementation plans for HNRCA investigators
Demonstrate a professional and ethical manner at all times
Knowledge of federal data retention and sharing policies
Working knowledge of Good Clinical Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, Clinical research, Clinical trial process and/or related regulatory requirements and terminology
Previous clinical research experience
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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