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Senior Research Assistant

Title: Senior Research Assistant-PHS  
Location: Upper East Side  
Org Unit: Health Policy and Economics 
Work Days: Monday-Friday 
Exemption Status: Non-exempt

Position Summary

Under direction, provides research and operational support to principal investigators and research staff for substance use health services research studies. The position reports to Yuhua Bao, PhD under shared supervision with Shashi Kapadia, MD, MS. The ideal candidate will provide project support for multiple studies, including coordinating meetings and regulatory approval, interacting with participants, conducting literature reviews, and assisting with manuscript and grant preparation.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leads weekly project operations meetings, tracking and enforcing accountability for projects and deadlines.
  • Leads calls with current and prospective researchers regarding collaboration efforts. Takes ownership of relationships with prospective researchers and oversees the project pipeline for research studies.
  • Develops research meeting materials, newsletters (in paper and electronic formats), and research-related promotional materials.
  • Trains new and current staff on research project(s) background, intake processes, standards for quality of work, and general onboarding.
  • Scales tasks and assignments to gauge competency of new staff and provides continuous feedback. Delegates workload as needed.
  • Conducts literature reviews and gains expert familiarity with protocols that will be used as templates.
  • Assists in creation of study database. Manages and enters collected data into study database.
  • Owns quarterly report authoring to funder, development and maintenance of tracking documents, collaboration with funder, planning and structure of reports, assigning ownership and reviewing all content of team members and leading review sessions.
  • Strategically facilitates directives, ensuring funder deadlines and priorities are met. Responsible for outreach, collaboration and prioritization of projects that meet overall goals.
  • Oversees Institutional Review Board (IRB) portfolio, manages IRB deadlines, and submits all governance requests for projects, preventing lapse of approval for all studies. Assists in preparation of materials, submissions and renewals to the IRB or IACUC.
  • Assists faculty in the preparation of grant submissions and associated documentation, which may include just-in-time documents, progress reports, routing forms, abstracts and manuscripts.
  • Develops solutions to structural issues, creates presentations and formal requests to senior leadership for implementation of fixes.
  • Designs, creates, and maintains website(s), leads weekly communications meetings with communications department. Sets communication directives, designs timelines and milestones, and executes on communications strategy.
  • May conduct qualitative coding and thematic analysis of study data.
  • May perform statistical analysis of research data.
  • Assists with special projects and performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree


  • Master's degree is preferred.
  • Approximately two years of related experience.
  • Statistical and database management experience, including proficiency in Stata, SAS, or another program is helpful.
  • Previous health services, health economics, substance use, or public health research experience is helpful. 
  • Previous experience with IRB protocols preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Willingness to work under tight deadlines and to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytic, communication, time management and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and database applications.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexible individual, motivated to learn
  • Leadership and management capabilities.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with teammates and senior leadership.
  • Ability to complete high quality work in response to rapid requests.
  • Ability to plan, track and create deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively delegate work to team members.

Weill Cornell Medicine is a comprehensive academic medical center that's committed to excellence in patient care, scientific discovery, and the education of future physicians in New York City and around the world. Our doctors and scientists-faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization-are engaged in world-class clinical care and cutting-edge research that connect patients to the latest treatment innovations and prevention strategies. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side's scientific corridor, Weill Cornell Medicine's powerful network of collaborators extends to its parent university Cornell University; to Qatar, where an international campus offers a U.S. medical degree; and to programs in Tanzania, Haiti, Brazil, Austria and Turkey. Our medical practices serve communities throughout New York City, and our faculty provide comprehensive care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we work together to treat each individual, not just their conditions or illnesses, as we strive to deliver the finest possible care for our patients - the center of everything we do. Weill Cornell Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Weill Cornell Medicine provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, or genetic information.

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