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Administrative Specialist I – Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

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Position Summary

The individual in this role will provide administrative support and coordination for the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), a health services research center within the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. This position provides direct administrative support to the CORE Administrator and CORE Director, and general support and office management for a team of 25+ investigators and staff. The ideal candidate for this position will have prior experience in an administrative support role, preferably in a health care, public health, or academic setting. The position is responsible for coordinating the daily activities of the assigned department and administrative operations while working closely with management and departmental staff. The incumbent prepares correspondence, reports, and other documents; makes travel arrangements; manages schedules and calendars, administers budgets and other similar activities. The position serves as a resource person regarding department policy, procedures, and practice.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • High school diploma or GED; Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 4-5 years of experience in an administrative support role preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with all Microsoft Office suite products.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize competing deadlines.

Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator

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The Research Nurse Coordinator will report to the Clinical Trials Office at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (www.mmcri.org/cto). The selected candidate will work primarily with the outpatient population in various disease areas.

The Research Nurse Coordinator will oversee all facets of the research study from understanding the study protocols to confirming patient eligibility, obtaining consents, and ensuring patients complete each step of the study. Key to success will be the ability to work independently and also collaboratively by partnering with the Investigators, Program Managers, Clinic staff, and relevant MMC Departments.

The candidate we’re seeking has a current Maine RN license and preferably a minimum of 2 years’ clinical research experience. Equally important is a strong understanding of good clinical practices (GCPs) and human subject protection (HSP) principles. Strong communication skills and the ability to manage complex projects are required

Position Summary

The Research Nurse Coordinator position involves many aspects of research coordination. This includes collaboration with the Principle Investigator, Program Coordinator, Study Center, and relevant MMC 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.

Environmental Epidemiology Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Maine Medical Center Research Institute is recruiting for a postdoctoral research fellow to work under the mentorship of Dr. Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH, pediatric endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center, Faculty Scientist at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, and Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, with environmental epidemiologic projects examining the role of early life exposures to consumer product chemicals on obesity and bone health in childhood.

Position Summary

The research fellow will conduct a defined mentored research project, including project inception and design, implementation, and completion. The research fellow will first-author manuscripts and present the research at regional and/or national conferences. The research fellow will have opportunity to engage in educational programs and seminars with a group of research fellows in cardiovascular epidemiology.

The Research Fellow will be responsible for: 

  • Conceiving and designing the project
  • Programming independent analyses
  • Writing the first draft of manuscripts
  • Presenting research at regional and/or national conferences
  • Functioning independently, with weekly meetings for updates
  • The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD) in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, or a related discipline with programming skills, SAS or R preferred

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Doctoral degree required (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, DVM, PharmD). Degree in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, or a related discipline preferred.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience analyzing data required, inclusive of time spent in doctoral training.
  • Ability to work and interact with multiple departments.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for this position.
  • Knowledge of and experience with spreadsheet, relational database, graphics and word processing software is required. Intermediate to advanced skills with at least one statistical software package is required, e.g SAS, R, STATA.
  • 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.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to convey complex concepts to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.

The start date for this position will ideally be in winter 2019 or spring 2020 but is flexible.

Faculty Scientist II- Health Outcomes/Health Services Research

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Job Details

  • The ideal candidate for this position will be a health outcomes researcher with a substantive focus in one or more of the following areas: health communication, decision sciences/medical decision making, health services research, or a related field of inquiry.
  • Mid-career researchers with an established program of research and a strong track record of extramural funding and peer-reviewed publications are preferred; however, early career candidates with appropriate skills and experience will be considered.
  • Candidates with an MD/DO, PhD, ScD, DrPH, or other relevant doctoral degree will be considered for this position. For physician-scientists, candidates with formal research training (e.g., MPH, research fellowship) are strongly preferred.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of research activities, often heading projects independently, but may enlist the assistance of more experienced scientists as collaborators. This position will receive mentorship from one or more senior scientists in areas such as grant writing and applications, teaching, and navigating research administration and research compliance issues. This position will be responsible for the independent conception of research projects, obtaining external funding for these projects and the publication of results from these projects in a timely manner. These studies should be of sufficient importance and impact to bring recognition to the investigator, resulting in increased or sustained funding, etc. This individual will assist in the development of operational guidelines for the research. As an independent position, the individual should exercise good judgment in decision making with regard to the management of personnel, budgets, and other matters that pertain to running a program or project as an independent investigator. With regard to problem-solving, the individual in this position should know the limitations of his or her problem solving skills both scientifically and administratively and should use good judgment to seek advice and input from reliable sources when the problem is beyond the scope of his or her expertise. Follows safety, human subjects and animal use guidelines. Manages grants or projects including supervision of multiple staff, project reports, etc. Monitors the project budget. Where inventions or other intellectual property are developed during the course of the research, will contribute to the process of working with the patents and licensing office to seek appropriate rights. Ability to supervise and to coordinate efforts of several staff for complex internal/external groups. Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated ability to read, write, and speak English effectively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
    Doctoral degree in relevant biomedical discipline
  • 5 years of experience as a Faculty Scientist I (or Assist Prof)
    Successful track record of R01 funding or equivalent research support
  • First or Senior author publications in major peer-reviewed biomedical journals
  • Evidence of beginning of national recognition in selected field as demonstrated by invited presentations at national biomedical meetings and invited reviews for major biomedical publications
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct novel and potentially high impact biomedical experiments
  • Evidence of significant mentorship and teaching accomplishments
  • Evidence of significant institutional citizenship

Essential Functions

  • Supervises major research project(s) and writes grants and obtains extramural funding for major research projects.
  • Ensures timely, accurate and complete communication of research findings at regional, national and international meetings and in major and specialty-specific biomedical journals.
  • Teaches and mentors (as assigned by Center Director) summer students, interns, graduate student and research fellows.
  • Serves on Institutional committees (as assigned by Director, MMCRI) and participates in regional and national professional societies and activities.
  • Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulations pertaining to safety, the ethical conduct of research, financial reporting to funding agencies, and standards of professional conduct.
  • Promotes teamwork and collaboration within MMCRI and with outside institutions.

Research Associate I – Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Laboratory

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Job Details

The Myocardial Biology and Heart Failure Laboratory conducts basic and translational work involving cells, mice, and humans to answer fundamental questions about how the heart responds to injury, and develop clinically useful strategies to promote heart recovery. The work environment is highly collaborative and the team includes physicians, physician-scientists, and bench scientists. The Research Associate will be involved in specific projects working with animal and human tissue, cells, blood to conduct experiments.

We are looking to hire a Research Assistant or Associate. The level of hire will be dependent upon the education and experience of the candidate chosen for the position. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of level of education and years of previous experience.

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.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 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 Coordinator II

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Position Summary

This is a clinical and technical position responsible for coordinating clinical research.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Bachelor’s degree in a health science or related field required.
2. Knowledge of basic statistical principles and methods.
3. Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
4. Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
5. 2 years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.
6. Demonstrable computer competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
7. Certification by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals preferred.

Research Data Analyst II –
Environmental Epidemiology

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Maine Medical Center Research Institute is recruiting for a data anyalyst that will assit Dr. Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH, pediatric endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center, Faculty Scientist at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, and Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, with environmental epidemiologic projects examining the role of early life environmental exposures on obesity and bone health in childhood.

Position Summary

The data analyst will perform analyses primarily using data from pre-birth cohorts. The data analyst will work independently under Dr. Fleisch’s supervision. The data analyst will have opportunity to engage in educational programs and seminars.

The Data Analyst will be responsible for: 

  • Programming independent analyses.
  • Occasionally assisting with literature reviews, manuscript preparation, or data entry/cleaning with opportunity for authorship on manuscripts.
  • Option of writing the first draft of manuscripts with opportunity for first-authorship and presentation at regional and/or national conferences.
  • Functioning independently, with weekly meetings for updates.
  • The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, or a related discipline and an MS or MPH with programming skills, SAS or R preferred. New Masters level graduates will be considered. Data analyst experience gained through a Master’s program will count as years of experience.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred.
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience analyzing data required, in healthcare preferred.
  • Ability to work and interact with multiple departments.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential attributes for this position.
  • Intermediate knowledge of and experience with spreadsheet, relational database, graphics and word processing software is required. Intermediate skills with at least one statistical software package is required, e.g SAS, R, STATA.
  • 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.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with ability to convey complex concepts.
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed.
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.

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 Fellow –  Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Lab

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Currently recruiting a highly motivated PhD-level scientist to elucidate the role of neuregulin-1/ErbB signaling in the regulation of inflammation and cardiac repair after myocardial ischemic injury. Neuregulins (NRGs) belongs to the epidermal growth factor (EGF) superfamily of transmembrane growth factors. NRG-1 has been intensively studied due to its essential role in cardiac development and in the regulation of the adult cardiovascular system adaptation to physiological and pathological stress. Monocytes express ERBB receptors and neuregulin-1 signaling pathway in myeloid cells contributes to the resolution of inflammation.  Seeking a qualified individual capable of combining skills in Molecular Biology, Immunology, Molecular Pharmacology and Biochemistry with the ability to work as a team and lead scientific projects in the field.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Applicants must have a PhD in Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related area, focusing on molecular studies of signaling pathways relevant in human pathology.
  • In addition, expertise in flow cytometry, isolation of primary cardiac cells, cloning and plasmid production techniques, general molecular biology techniques is required. Knowledge of the English language is desirable.
  • The candidate should have a record of publications in peer review journals.

Temporary Research Coordinator II – Oncology

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This is a great opportunity to work as part of the busy Clinical Trials Office at Maine Medical Center Research Center. We are searching for someone to help cover the workload of a staff member out on medical leave. Ideally, we would like someone full time but we can be flexible about hours worked per week based on candidate availability. The position is located in Adult Oncology and the primary responsibilities will include assisting Research Coordinators and completing regulatory submissions. It is anticipated that the position will last at least several months, possibly longer, based on the needs of the department.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a health science field required.
  • Knowledge of basic statistical principles and methods.
  • Ability to function independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • 2 years of clinical experience in a healthcare setting required.
  • Demonstrable computer competency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Certification by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals or Society of Clinical Research Associates preferred.

Vice President Research MMCRI

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Position Summary

The Vice President of Research (VPR) reports to the Chief Academic Officer and oversees and directs all functions of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). In that role, the VPR provides vision for growth and development of the research mission, fostering innovation and the advancement of biomedical knowledge that enhances the capabilities of MaineHealth (MH) in patient care activities and the overall health of the region.

The VPR works in partnership with research center directors, medical education, physician and staff leadership and MaineHealth IT to advance the research enterprise at MaineHealth.

The VPR oversees and directs the hiring of research-intensive faculty, the development of research space, major research equipment acquisitions and IT and technology services, as well as the building of interdisciplinary research programs.

The VPR oversees financial planning and the financial viability of MMCRI, and works in collaboration with Maine Medical Center Research Finance Office to develop, implement and manage the Institute’s budget.

The VPR is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of research administration, integrity and compliance.

The VPR’s goal is to attract and retain the most qualified basic, health services, population health, and clinical research professionals available by creating an environment where people of distinction, stature, and reputation will want to work.

The VPR strives to enhance the profile of the research faculty and staff within MaineHealth, the region and nationally, in part though intramural, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.

The VPR ensures that faculty, staff and trainees have access to state-of-the-art research training and education, and facilitates their participation in research activities across the breadth of biomedical investigation.

The VPR will be responsible for enhancing and promoting the clinical and translational research mission of MaineHealth by strengthening ties with the Tufts Clinic and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network (NNE-CTR).

Essential Functions

  • Provides leadership and vision for MMCRI and MH’s research programs, by stewarding and growing a thriving research portfolio through sponsored research, scientific collaboration and dissemination;
  • Leads the design and development of innovative programs to enable the achievement of Maine Medical Center’s and MMCRI’s goals and priorities;
  • Works collaboratively with clinical departments, service lines, and IT to promote growth of research programs that support institutional strategic objectives;
  • Develops a high performing MMCRI staff and provides guidance and support for their career growth and professional development;
  • Represents MMCRI through service and participations on boards, committees, panels, and conferences to represent organizational, health, and research interests at the local, regional, and national level;
  • Assures system-wide research activities are aligned with Maine Medical Center’s and MaineHealth’s goals;
  • Provides oversight of all aspects of MMCRI’s long-range planning and mission, direction, and objectives. Develops and fosters a diverse and meaningful scientific portfolio that results in a world class scientific program that translates into knowledge that improves health for a variety of stakeholders, including MaineHealth patients and our local communities;
  • Provides scientific leadership and guidance to improve the research activities of others. Represents Maine Medical Center, MMCRI and MaineHealth at national groups and represents the interests of MMCRI to external funders;
  • Develops and tracks measures of research productivity and seeks ways and venues to further disseminate and implement research findings;
  • Promotes and facilitates the utilization of technical and analytic resources within the Research Institute, and in collaboration with IT, in the evaluation of health system data to advance scientific knowledge and clinical care;
  • Facilitates intra-institutional cooperation and interactions with external research and academic partners to spur collaborative growth and research synergies;
  • Serves as MaineHealth’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO) as well as the Institutional Official (IO) with oversight responsibility for the IRB, IACUC and IBC.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • An MD or PhD with a minimum of 10 years of research administrative experience in research, with progressive responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, coordinate, and facilitate the work of large groups of working scientists.
  • Interpersonal skills to effectively interact in delicate, sensitive, or complex situations; effective and persuasive presenter to a variety of audiences.
  • Successful track record of leading an externally funded research program in the biomedical sciences.
  • Scientific leadership experience in a health-related research setting.
  • A recognized scientific leader as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications and direct contact with leaders in health care and research communities.
  • Has a broad understanding of high-level goals and the ability to translate into effective action plans.
  • Has experience communicating both technical and non-technical concepts with collaborators, stakeholders and community members.