The West Virginia University Office of Health Affairs is seeking applications for a Research Specialist located in Morgantown, WV. The Research Specialist is a key participant in the State-University partnership between the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Overarching responsibilities include working with the WV DHHR to conduct relevant policy and evaluation research, participating in interdisciplinary research and evaluation teams, and providing research support to data analysts and personnel embedded within the Department for Health and Human Resources.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Supports principle investigator and other research associates, as well as serves as a liaison to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to contribute to the planning and performance of projects, programs and activities involving health data analytics and program evaluation.
Work as part of a team to advance the partnership between the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource
Facilitates communication and efficient collaboration on projects between research partners at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center and the staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Work collaboratively with West Virginia University faculty and staff in identifying and using state data sources to answer research questions of interest to the state
Provide support to ensure that data analytic and research/evaluation activities are compliant with University-level policies for the responsible conduct of research as well as federal, and state policies.
Work collaboratively with Office of Health Affairs staff to identify opportunities for potential collaborations between the Health Sciences Center and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Contribute to the development of project deliverables by way of literature reviews, report writing, etc. as directed by the principal investigator, project director and/or program manager.
Prepare reports to support principle investigators, project directors and research associates as required by the University, the Health Sciences Center administration, and external agencies.
Communicates results of analytic projects and program evaluations with relevant staff of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Conduct or support special projects as assigned. Acts in other matters and capacities as delegated by the Associate Vice President for Health Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs or the Director for Program Development and Management.
Assist with the publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts and the development of abstracts for conference presentation submissions.
Master's degree in health science-related field; or equivalent amount of combined education and work experience.
Two (2) years of experience:
Demonstrated program monitoring and evaluation experience preferred
Ability to work collaboratively with state-level policy stakeholders desired
Demonstrated experience in health related research programs
Ability to prepare and present evaluation results and/or research findings in a manner that facilitates unitization and adoption by a diverse group of stakeholders.
Knowledge and experience in utilizing health data for research, program development and policy evaluation.
Ability to project and maintain a positive and collaborative attitude.
Strong ability to communicate goals, methods, and results of research initiatives with key stakeholders.
Proficiency presenting research results and findings to diverse groups of stakeholders
Strong ability to present information and respond to questions from groups or individuals.
Strong ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment and to lead participation of team members from various backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability in health-sciences related research and report writing
Desired skills and experience:
Ability to develop action plans and systems to facilitate and track implementation of evaluation findings and recommendations.
Skill in using statistical and qualitative analysis software including SPSS, SAS and NVivo desired
Proficiency in quantitative and/or qualitative research design and methods preferred
About WVU At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at http://hr.wvu.edu/.
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Sep 21, 2020
Posting Classification: FE/AP
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 202643
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.