Research Associate - Nursing

Date: December 2021                                                                                                                                                   

Title: Research Associate

Department: Nursing

School: Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Location: School of Nursing

Supervisor Name and Title: Carolyn H. Still, PhD, MSM, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN, Assistant Professor



Working with a high degree of independence and under the direction of the principal investigator, the Research Associate will oversee a large NIH-funded, multi-year research project focus on using technology to self-manage cardiovascular disease.  The study is funded by NIH-National Institute of Nursing Research. The Research Associate will be responsible for daily operations to ensure continuous study operations and act as a liaison between the research team and the research sites.  This includes the oversight of all personnel involved with the project, recruitment of subjects, delivery of the intervention, and data management.  In addition, the project manager is responsible for working with the Research Assistant 4 to maintain all records, progress reports to NIH and budget management under the supervision of the principal investigator.  The Research Associate will ensure that study activities are completed in compliance with all Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA, and the Institutional Review Board regulations. May manage and coordinate multiple research projects. 



  1. Working closely with the Principal Investigator, oversee and direct all aspects of the project including subject recruitment, scheduling interview appointments, data collection, data management and cleaning, and data analysis. Work regularly with the principal investigator to address key issues in recruitment, retention, data collection, and other applicable issues. Develop operational procedures and protocols. May also co-author research projects. Work closely with the Principal Investigator to manage the project budget. (45%)
  2. Oversee system for subject recruitment and retention with timely identification of problems effecting enrollment or retention and implementation of effective solutions. Oversee appropriate use of protocols according to research plan and submit interim reports (e.g., recruitment, enrollment, and retention reports) to the principal investigator. (10%)
  3. Oversee the maintenance of the integrity of the study data by managing appropriate use of study protocol, conducting inter-rater reliability, managing fidelity of the intervention, and overseeing Data and Safety Monitoring Board meetings on a regular basis. Maintain databases, data entry and cleaning procedures, data code books. Create and maintain all regulatory documents (CREC, hospital credentialing, good clinical practices training) within a regulatory binder. (15%)
  4. Provide project management of research team. Directly supervise a Research Assistant 4; write staff evaluation and provide feedback on performance as needed. Oversee the Research Assistant 4’s management of the research team. (15%)
  5. Training/retraining the research team in all aspects of the research protocol. Monitor research team compliance with IRB and UH credentialing. Partner with the principal investigator with writing all NIH progress reports, IRB modifications, continuing reviews and IRB audits, and data safety monitoring meetings agendas/notes. Establish and maintain communications with research staff, investigator, and study clinical sites as a liaison. This communication will also include the initiation and maintenance of social media website (e.g., Facebook, twitter, and etc.) for research projects. (15%)



  1. Participate in consultations provided to other research sites. (<1%)
  2. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Frequent contact with the intervention nurse, graduate research assistant, data collectors, principal investigator and co-investigators; School of Nursing Center for Research, School of Nursing Finance Office, other faculty in department to exchange project information.

University: Frequent contact with co-investigators among university faculty, Office of Research Administration office, IRB office, university purchasing, budget, accounting, legal, information services, and human resources to exchange project information.

External: Frequent contact with recruitment sites at Cleveland Clinic and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital; and frequent contact with research participants in their homes for recruitment and scheduling of visits. Frequent contact with co-investigators outside the university to receive and manage requests for information from outside university, including NIH.

Students: Frequent contact with students (BSN, MSN, DNP, PhD) for supervising application of research protocols, and supervision of students in data collection and practice of data entry for research subjects.



Will directly supervise the Research Assistant 4. Will provide project management oversight of the Research Assistant 2, data collectors and the intervention nurse in collaboration with the Research Assistant 4.


Experience: Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience requiring technical, research and managerial skills at a level meeting or exceeding the requirements of a Research Assistant 4or a Nursing Project Director. Experience in the areas of recruitment, data collection, data entry and cleaning, data base development and management required. Must have previous management experience in overseeing the work of others, as well as assessing and evaluating their work.

Education/Licensing: Master’s degree in nursing or related field required.



  1. Research protocol execution.
  2. Excellent communication skills.
  3. Ability to manage multiple projects and responsibilities at the same time.
  4. Ability to maintain good interpersonal relationships with researchers and study personnel.
  5. Ability to evaluate and coordinate activities of others.
  6. Ability to adhere to study protocols.
  7. Ability to evaluate employees/students.
  8. Excellent organizational skills.
  9. Data entry and data analytic skills.
  10. Writing skills sufficient to prepare reports for publication and submission to funding agency.
  11. Ability to use personal computer: Microsoft office products, email and internet programs required. Experience with SPSS or SASS statistical packages preferred.
  12. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  13. Ability to interact with colleagues, clinicians, supervisors, and customers face to face.


No hazards expected. Position will not be exposed to hazards in the normal course of events. Occasional travel required – must have reliable form of transportation. Work may periodically involve travel to clinical sites (UH Hospitals); and evening and weekends based on study needs.



Interested applicants should submit a CV, 2-3 references, and proof of degree(s) to