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

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The Georgia Center for Diabetes Translation Research (, a collaborative center formed by Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Georgia Technical College, is conducting a project to adapt, optimize, and iteratively evaluate and refine a testing and education strategy for the purpose of rapidly scaling a COVID-19 testing program for adults and children in Georgia who are at high risk due to background metabolic disease (i.e., diabetes, obesity, or elevated risk of diabetes).

This will involve conducting geospatial analyses to identify localities of “testing deserts” within counties with high densities of people at risk for COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and mortality; engage community and clinic stakeholders to formatively understand what barriers and facilitators influence testing and what strategies are well-received by users; develop models that provide real-time guidance on whom to test, where to test, and when to test; and deploy and evaluate the program at testing site partners using rapid-cycle testing in a pre-post effectiveness-implementation evaluation study.

The Associate Director of Research Projects position is responsible for directing the overall research operations of a multi-component research project being conducted by the three institutions.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Exercise considerable latitude and independent judgment in overseeing the day-to-day operation and overall coordination of all aspects of the project.

  • Work closely in coordination with thePrinciple Investigator (PI)to support the research teams.

  • Coordinate research implementation activities between the institutions and within the collaborative teams and partner settings.

  • Provide leadership in the planning and development of survey instruments, guidelines, procedures, and protocols to recruit participants and collect and manage required data.

  • Maintain authority over the conduct of the project, including protocol adherence, human subjects, personnel management and budget oversight.

  • Develop internal guidance and policy documents to help guide internal operations.

  • Supervise other project staff.

  • Coordinate and conduct weekly and ad hoc meetings.

  • Develop and conduct presentations and represent the project at local and national meetings led by the PI and /or national RADx-UP coordinating center.

  • Coordinate status updates from each functional area.

  • Develop internal communication and reports.

  • Identify issues that require escalation.

  • Coordinate performance monitoring tracking and documentation.

  • Maintain awareness of overall operational and financial status.

  • Perform 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.


  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated leadership

  • Work experience

  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated success working in and coordinating teams

  • Creativity and high energy

  • Effective analytic and organizational skills

  • Ability to effectively facilitate meetings

  • Experience managing and executing multiple projects

  • Commitment to personal and professional growth

  • Respect for diversity


  • Cover letter - strongly desired

  • Please upload the cover letter in the Supporting Documents section of the application

  • This position is currently funded for two years

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 58266

Job Type Temporary Full-Time

Division School Of Public Health

Department SPH: Global Health

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