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Research Fellow –  Hernandez Lab

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Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator.  The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, in coordination with the fellows dissertation to be responsible for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum.

Desired Profile

The successful candidate will work in the laboratory of Arturo Hernandez at Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Research projects will involve the use of transgenic mouse and cell culture models to delineate the pathophysiological consequences and underlying mechanisms by which developmental overexposure to thyroid hormones leads to disease in later life, and also in non-exposed subsequent generations via epigenetic mechanisms. The laboratory focuses on endpoints relevant to complex endocrine, developmental and neurobehavioral conditions in humans including autism, schizophrenia, depression, congenital defects, obesity and infertility.  The candidate is expected to be a motivated individual that has recently completed or is close to complete his/her Ph.D. The candidate should have a strong background in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and genetics.  Experience in one or more of the following fields, including endocrinology, neuroscience, epigenetics, developmental biology, thyroid hormone physiology and/or bioinformatics, will be valued.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  2. Candidate for a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biomedical sciences, physiology, neuroscience or related field relevant to the position
  3. The research fellow will have demonstrated a level of independence to perform laboratory responsibilities.

Essential Functions

  1. Conducts complex laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and laboratory instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as a laboratory or institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology
  2. Collaborates with the Principal Investigator and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion
  3. Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and other laboratory and institute personnel in candidate’s areas of expertise.
  4. Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise.
  5. May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
  6. Contributes to the interpretation and presentation of research results in manuscript form for publication or in presentations at regional, national or international scientific meetings.

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Research Associate I – Liaw Lab

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We seek a highly motivated, hard working individual with strong basic molecular biology laboratory skills. This individual will work in the molecular biology section of our mouse genome modification core facility to design and characterize new genetic models. The Research Associate will conduct a variety of experiments in consultation with the core facility director and staff. The successful candidate is required to be accurate and punctual, have strong laboratory skills, and be a meticulous researcher. Basic knowledge of molecular biology and biochemistry is required, with the ability to be trained in new experimental methodologies. Familiarity with gene and protein databases and working with gene sequences is highly desired. Specific responsibilities include isolation of DNA, PCR analysis, genotyping, molecular cloning and subcloning with PCR products and plasmids, preparation of samples for Sanger sequencing, work with gene and protein databases, and analysis of sequences. This individual will also be required to contribute to written reports and publications.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research associate has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project with overall responsibility for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated ability above that of a Research Assistant III.
  • Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Master’s degree preferred.
  • 2 + years of relevant experience with Master’s degree, 3+ years with Bachelor’s degree.

Research Associate I – Liaw Lab

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We seek a highly motivated, hard working individual with strong basic cell and molecular biology laboratory skills. The Research Associate will conduct a variety of experiments in consultation with the principal investigator and other members of the laboratory team. The successful candidate is required to be a rigorous experimentalist, with the ability to troubleshoot and interpret data. Basic knowledge of cell and molecular biology is required, with the ability to be trained in new experimental methodologies. Familiarity with cell culture, gene expression analysis, and protein analysis is highly desired. Specific responsibilities include cell culture of primary human cells, collection of RNA and protein for expression analysis by quantitative RT-PCR and immunoblot, cell-based assays, tissue processing and immunostaining, and data analysis and data visualization. The successful candidate will be a strong team player with excellent communication skills, and have established competency in basic laboratory techniques, data analysis, and scientific writing. This position is funded for one year. The position may be extend if further funding in secured.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex laboratory procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research associate has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project with overall responsibility for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated ability above that of a Research Assistant III.
  • Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Master’s degree preferred.
  • 2 + years of relevant experience with Master’s degree, 3+ years with Bachelor’s degree.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator – MMCRI

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Position Summary

This position is part of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s (MMCRI) Clinical Trials team and will focus on oncology research. Candidates with SOCRA and Oncology Nurse Certification are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Research Nurse Coordinator position involves many aspects of research coordination. This includes collaboration with the Principle Investigator, Program Coordinator, Study Center, and relevant Maine Medical Center Departments. The primary responsibilities include study coordination and acting as a hospital educator/resource person for studies.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with patients, families and other healthcare providers. Ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines and departments.
  • Knowledge of current research related policies and procedures as well as appropriate process for initiating revisions.
  • Thorough knowledge of theory, practice, principles, processes and issues of nursing usually acquired through 2-3 years of clinical experience.
  • Analytical ability necessary to keep records, maintain inventory levels and perform data entry.
  • Ability to manage complex projects through all phases of development, implementation, and follow-up.

Research Data Analyst-III  Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

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Position Summary

Integrates, cleans, analyzes and presents data in support of the assigned project and/or department. Uses applied statistics, sampling, univariate, multivariate, and time to event analytic techniques which encompass study design, implementation and data management, monitoring and reporting. The individual in this role must be able to work independently.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Master’s degree required.
  • 5-7 years’ experience analyzing data required. 3-5 years in healthcare preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with spreadsheet, relational database, graphics and word processing software is required. Advanced skills with at least one statistical software package is required, e.g. SAS, R, STATA, SPSS. Proficiency with multiple statistical software packages is preferred.
  • Experience in working with large clinical and/or administrative claims databases, including both for management and analysis is desirable.
  • Capable of searching and critically appraising medical literature.
  • Ability to work and interact with multiple departments.
  • Ability to manage and lead multiple projects.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to convey complex concepts to a diverse audience.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for this position.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Teaching and supervisory skills are highly desirable.

Essential Functions

Assembles Data:

  • Designs and implements data collection strategies as needed.
  • Acquires existing data from multiple sources; integrates data from new and existing data sources.
  • Collaborates with other departments to access data.
  • Treats data with appropriate security and confidentiality.

Database Management:

  • Operates database and analysis software.
  • Performs management of large clinical and/or administrative databases.
  • Designs data collection tools, databases, data entry processes and maintenance protocols.
  • Stays current in knowledge and proficiency of multiple databases and analysis software systems.

Designs studies, analyzes data, and reports findings:

  • Assists investigators to translate information needs into questions that can be answered with available data.
  • Participates in discussions about research design.
  • Performs analysis of large clinical and/or administrative databases using applied statistics, sampling, univariate, multivariate, and time dependent techniques.
  • Creates tables and figures of results.
  • Supports data needs of project teams.
  • Provides data for annual reports, grant proposals and reports, and training presentations.
  • Participates in manuscript writing.

Assists in Project Management:

  • Assists in setting project schedules.
  • Implements project plans and assists in leading team members
  • Assists in clearly defining goals and objectives.
  • Assists in recruitment of qualified team members and building a functional team.
  • Assists in assigning work and estimating resources for completion.
  • Assists in developing timelines, budgets, progress reports, etc.

Director of Research Compliance

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Position Summary

Under the direction of the Administrative Director for Research, the Director of Research Compliance (DRC) is responsible for managing an effective compliance program that is coupled with efforts to facilitate the pursuit of MMC’s research programs. In these research programs, compliance with pertinent regulations and policies is essential to engendering the public trust. The Office of Research Compliance has three main responsibilities: research compliance oversight; research compliance education and to function as a compliance information clearinghouse. The DRC will implement and manage a research compliance, oversight, and education program that provides support and education in regulatory requirements for faculty members, staff, and students regarding scientific research.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline preferred, Bachelor’s degree plus 10 years of related experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of current applicable laws and regulations, including federal, state, and non federal regulations surrounding research and research grants and contracts.
  • Experience working independently and within a team environment at various levels of an organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written), including public speaking to facilitate training sessions, lead discussion groups, and deliver presentations.
  • Strong management skills with experience in staff oversight and professional development.
  • Experience in fiscal management.

Research Fellow

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We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow for a well-established and growing early psychosis clinic and research program. The position will include a rich combination of clinical work and research with adolescents and young adults in the first couple years of a psychotic disorder or at clinical high risk for psychosis. The SAMHSA-funded first episode program provides coordinated specialty care including CBT for psychosis, multifamily group psychoeducation, supported employment, and peer mentors.The ideal candidate will have relevant experience and be looking to develop an independent research career in early psychosis but will have opportunity to complete hours for licensing and obtain specialized training in assessment and early psychosis treatments. The current research program is focused on three project areas: 1) identifying dynamic predictors particularly affect variability, of clinical trajectories and suicide risk using experience sampling; 2) establishing adolescent norms and screening protocols for use in primary care settings; and 3) development of videogame-based interventions for youth at risk for or in the first years of a psychotic disorder. The person hired will have a major role in the first project area and will be supported in taking leadership, publishing, and seeking independent funding for research within these project areas or in a complementary area.

Portland Maine is an idyllic, affordable community rich in cultural opportunities, under 2 hours from Boston and 6 hours from New York, and identified as one of the best places to live in the United States.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of complex research procedures and is able to conduct independent research in consultation with the principal investigator. The research fellow has a sufficient level of experience, expertise and independence to conduct a defined research project, in coordination with the fellow’s dissertation to be responsible for its inception, implementation and completion with reporting of results in a peer reviewed forum.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  1. Candidate for a Ph.D. in the social sciences or other relevant field.
  2. Communication skills that are sufficiently developed that the individual at this level will be able to present research results at regional and national research conferences.
  3. The research fellow will have demonstrated a level of independence to perform research responsibilities.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A Recent Ph.D. in clinical psychology or related field.
  • Training and/or experience with adolescents and young adults and with individuals experiencing psychotic symptoms or disorders.
  • Specific training and experience in specialized early psychosis clinical care or research.
  • Training and experience with structured clinical assessments commonly used with early psychosis populations such as the Structured Clinical Interview of DSM-IV or 5 Disorders (SCID), the Structured Interview of Psychosis-risk Syndromes (SIPS), the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS), the Schizophrenia Proneness Instrument, Adult (SPIA) or Child and Youth (SPICY) versions, the Global Functioning Social and Role Scales (GF-S, GF-R).
  • Specific training or experience in experience sampling, research into the biological correlates of affect or affect variability, psychosis screening, primary care, clinical trials, suicide risk or self-harm research, or therapeutic videogames.
  • Have strong statistical analysis skills and capacity to learn and apply new analytic techniques.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts complex research procedures and analyses using a variety of techniques and instrumentation. The research fellow may serve as an institute resource as a principal user or expert in a specialized instrument or technology
  • Collaborates with the PI and other institute investigators as part of the overall responsibility for project inception and completion
  • Participates in the training of undergraduates, summer students and institute personnel at all levels in the research fellow’s area of expertise
  • Stays current in literature relevant to area of research interest and expertise. May present research results at regional or national conferences.
  • May provide substantial input, both data and its interpretation, in the preparation of both manuscripts and grants.
  • Will be proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issues
  • Prepares advanced training of personnel in the use of key technology or software
  • Interprets and presents research results in manuscript form where the research fellow has been the principal participant in a research project.