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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Associate Director of Research Projects, Outcomes Research in Atlanta, Georgia

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Emory University’s Department of Surgery seeks a full time Associate Director of Research Projects to join a robust team centered on improving health outcomes through innovative and rigorous scientific research. The incumbent will be associated with the Health Services Research Center within the School of Medicine, which includes a focus on developing pragmatic investigations around healthcare access and quality of care. Candidates should possess a strong background in research administration, particularly in the area of health services research. Experience with T32 mechanisms is considered highly valuable. The incumbent is expected to serve in a leadership capacity across a portfolio of research with a high degree of flexibility and focus on moving forward broader strategic priorities. Responsibilities will include:

  • Support strategic planning and financial oversight of the Surgery Quality and Outcomes Research team, plan budgets for team annually with department finance team.

  • Collaborate with HR to oversee Surgery team recruitment, other HR related responsibilities.

  • Oversee human subjects research regulations and compliance (e.g., IRB and working with project leads to ensure IRBs are updated).

  • Partner with junior faculty to support grant submissions, coach and set strategic priorities help develop budgets and human subjects sections; coordinate submissions alongside RAS units.

  • Partner with project leads to maintain timely access to research datasets (e.g., oversee UNOS, SRTR, USRDS, GA SSDI data acquisitions and DUAs associated with access to these datasets).

  • Oversee transplants projects as director-level administrator, advise on infrastructure necessary to complete research (eg DUAs, reliance agreements, etc).

  • Serve as lead for research administration within the Department of Surgery.

  • Serve as contact and project manager for PCORnet in coordination with senior director.

  • Partner with senior director and principal investigator to oversee expansion of referral data collection throughout the United States to increase health equity and access to transplant.

  • May oversee junior level staff as requested and in line with strategic goals.


  • Reports to a principal investigator of sponsored projects.

  • Exercises considerable latitude and independent judgment in overseeing the day-to-day operation of the research core.

  • Serves as a consultant and provides technical expertise in scientific theory, research and methods of collection and analysis of data sets for a variety of research projects.

  • Using an advanced knowledge of research methodology and techniques, provides leadership in the planning and development of survey instruments, guidelines, and procedures to collect required data.

  • Coordinates various aspects of the study. Routinely develops research protocols.

  • Reviews and edits text for studies.

  • Conducts extensive literature searches and effectively summarizes reported research findings and their applicability to the research.

  • Coordinates research and intervention activities with the team.

  • Provides direction to consultants and team members.

  • Coordinates and conducts special meetings.

  • Develops and conducts presentations, represents Emory at national meetings, and co-authors publications.

  • Collaborates on or authors reports and papers.

  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Sociology, Psychology or a related discipline and five or more years of research/professional experience, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

  • Effective writing, analytic, presentation and organizational skills.

  • Experience managing and executing multiple projects and working with senior health policy makers and executives is preferred.

  • Experience conducting focus groups.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University location as needed. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 71331

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Surgery: Transplant

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Laboratory

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

Campus Location (For Posting) : Location US-GA-Atlanta