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Public Health Job Board

Visiting Research Data Manager
Beckman Institute/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Full Time)

Beckman Institute/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

405 N. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801



Dawn Goeddel


Job Description

The Illinois Kids Development Study (IKIDS) at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology seeks to fill a position for a full-time Visiting Research Data Manager. The purpose of this position is to work closely with a team of investigators in a large scale, epidemiological, prospective, birth-cohort research study to manage all stages of the data process, including data acquisition, digitization, storage, documentation and sharing with a nationwide consortium of researchers and research institutions. The position will require maintenance and, when appropriate, augmentation of systems and protocols for the acquisition, tracking, documentation, long-term storage and sharing of research participants' health and behavioral data and biological specimens. The position will also require organizing, mapping, extracting and integrating data from a variety of sources (including paper records), monitoring and improving data quality, preparing datasets with the accompanying documentation, producing summary statistics reports and responding to data requests from the nationwide research consortium and investigators within and outside our research team.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Maintenance of existing data systems: maintain existing and create new forms and datasets for sharing data with outside research partners, ensuring that databases are kept up-to-date and the data are valid and reliable
• Augmentation of existing data systems: build on features and functionality of databases to more efficiently handle data requests, improve existing file structure for short-and long-term storage and improve security of data sharing
• Documentation of data systems: develop variable libraries, dictionaries, instructional manuals for database and electronic forms, protocols for data entry, checking, cleaning and storage and protocols for accessing and using data
• Oversight and utilization of data systems and staff: extract and manipulate data from a variety of databases to create datasets
• Perform validation and quality assurance and control procedures to ensure the integrity of data during collection, entry into electronic forms and databases, long-term storage and the generation of datasets
• Effectively communicate data management procedures and policy and describe the structure of databases, data libraries and data storage system to researchers, funders and various research partners
• Train and supervise research staff performing data entry, including task assignment, performance monitoring and training the confidential nature of the data, as well as other foundational principles for working with sensitive, human-subject research data
• Generate summary statistics reports and quality assurance/control reports as needed
• Other duties related to the management and analyses will be assigned

• Bachelor’s degree in Information Management or Data Science, Public-Community Health, Biostatistics or other degree with heavy emphasis on data management
• Experience working in research involving complex datasets
• Experience designing and maintaining databases, running summary statistics reports and writing protocols and organizing data files
• Familiarity with MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and at least one statistical software program such as SPSS, SAS, STATA or R
• Experience supervising or training others who work with research data

• Masters degree or higher in Information Management or Data Science, Public-Community Health, Biostatistics or other degree with heavy emphasis on data management
• Experience working in research involving health and/or behavioral-related data
• Experience working with highly sensitive and confidential information
• Experience managing large, health or health-related datasets, conducting complex data analyses, creating and implementing protocols and programs for data validity and reliability checks and/or creating surveys and/or databases using at least one of these platforms: Alchemer, Qualtrics, REDCap, MS Access or an SQL-based data platform
• CITI Protection of Human Subjects in Research
• HIPAA training
• REDCap certification
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of best practices in data management in a research setting
• Knowledge of requirements for scientific reports, presentations and publications, grant applications and progress reports for grant agencies
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work with large datasets
• Technologically savvy and strong quantitative skills
• Detail-oriented, adaptable, fast learner
• Strong initiative and motivation to master complex tasks and solve challenging problems
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Interest in research on women and children’s health
• Ability to convey information about the research to team members, participants and the general public

Additional Physical Demands:
This is a fast-paced research study, where research team members work at times independently and at other times very closely as collaborators and equal partners in the research project. Study team members are expected to be supportive of one another, committed to the common goals of the research and capable of taking ownership of both successes and shortcomings of the research activities and duties they are assigned to work in individually and/or as part of a group.

This is a full-time Visiting Academic Professional position that is appointed on a 12-month service basis and renewable annually based on satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the posting period closes. The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $80,000/year.

Applications must be received by October 6, 2023. Apply for this position by visiting https://illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/8039?c=illinois and using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Beckman HR at hr@beckman.illinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

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