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Research Associate II

Apply now Job no: 494576
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University

Job Summary

The Research Associate I will be based in the Modifiable Risk Factors Research Program at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute (AJDAI). A university-level research institute that applies public health science approaches to autism spectrum disorders. The Modifiable Risk Factors Program investigates prenatal environmental factors that influence ASD.

The Modifiable Risk Factors Program investigates environmental factors that influence ASD (e.g., pregnancy factors, maternal diet, family morbidity). The successful applicant will work closely with epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and clinicians, in projects with the MRF team, other AJDAI and Drexel University researchers in a large network of local, national and international partners and mentors. The position will involve analysis of large and complex data sets and present opportunities for career and professional development, development of analytic skills and methods, development of self-directed tasks, and leading independent research for publication. Further, this position offers the opportunity to work in an inspiring research environment that maintains a high level of scientific rigor and prioritizes career mentoring.

Essential Functions 

  • Support and, in some cases, lead the implementation of program area research projects
  • Conduct statistical analyses in SAS and/or R, maintain and manage complex datasets, and maintain clear and detailed documentation necessary to maintain databases and analyses.
  • Refine and develop data-related procedures and policies for research projects.
  • Participate in the dissemination of research findings via preparation of abstracts for presentation at scientific conferences and manuscripts for peer-review publication; contribute to preliminary data for grant applications.
  • Manage multiple research projects’ analytic timelines to keep projects on track to meet goals.
  • Develop positive collaborative relationships with colleagues at Drexel University and external stakeholders; communicate professionally and in a timely manner with collaborators.
  • Maintain meticulous and well-organized records related to internal and external communications, project management, analyses, databases, and all other aspects of the job.
  • May supervise student Research Assistants and Research Coordinators.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, or a related field
  • Previous experience working on research projects
  • Experienced user of relevant statistical software (SAS and R preferred; Tableau, Stata, SPSS experience also relevant) and experience with data visualizations
  • Experience collaborating successfully with a variety of stakeholders
  • Experience in dissemination of research results (written, oral) for scientific and nonscientific-audiences
  • Experience writing research reports for scientific and nonscientific-audiences
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communication abilities
  • Strong drive to obtain established goals; self-motivated and creative

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience leading analyses and making analytic decisions independently.
  • Experience preparing peer-review publications and/or conference presentations.   
  • At least 3 years previous research experience.
  • Experience collaborating successfully with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience and understanding of the research process from idea phase to dissemination of results
  • Experience in data management and analysis of large, complex data sets, relational data files or similar
  • Experience in epidemiologic research projects


University City

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of I. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, 

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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