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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 II- Research Laboratory Services Core

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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 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.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated ability above that of a Research Associate I.
  • 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.
  • 4+ years of relevant experience with Master’s degree, 6+ years with a Bachelor’s degree.

Essential Functions

Research Support

  • Conducts standard laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and instrumentation to analyze experimental data.
  • Maintains logs and notebooks of all work‑related activity to assists in the preparation of materials for grants and manuscripts.
  • Performs sample processing and sample distribution for Clinical Trials.
  • Is familiar with and adheres to all laboratory accreditation requirements of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
  • Follow training expectations as defined by project.
  • Follows all procedures and protocols as defined.

Technology

Uses computers, equipment, and high‑technology applications to perform work duties.

Collaboration

Collaborates and communicates with internal laboratory members to work effectively.

BioBank Assistant

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Ideal candidate will have familiarity with general laboratory techniques and lab safety protocols. The ability to follow established protocols and standard operating procedures. Knowledge of Microsoft office products such as Excel and Outlook. Experience with patient contact/care or customer service. Exceptional attention to detail. Clinical background with patient and patient family contact experience is a plus.

Position Summary

Conducts a variety of BioBank procedures under the general supervision of the Research Program Director or designee. Assists BioBank personnel and other medical personnel as appropriate. Set up, process, and maintain the day-to-day technical tasks of the BioBank. Must be able to recognize problems or deviations in BioBank process and procedure and notify appropriate personnel. Masters routine techniques and procedures relevant to overall goals of the BioBank. Position availability is directly related to grant funding and/or BioBank revenue stream.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • Associate degree in related field required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • One year of relevant experience preferred.

Research Associate I – Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Lab

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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.

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 Assistant I- Guntur Lab

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Position Summary

The Research Assistant I – Guntur Lab conducts a variety of laboratory procedures under the general supervision of the principal investigator or the PI’s designee. Assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories. Set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results. Must be able to recognize problems or deviations in experimental conditions and notify appropriate personnel. Masters routine techniques and procedures relevant to overall goals of the lab.

Position availability is directly related to grant funding.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and work effectively.
  • Visual acuity, manual dexterity, math skills and a scientific acumen are required.
  • High school diploma, Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 0+ years of relevant experience.

Essential Functions

+Research Support

Conducts standard laboratory procedures and analyses using a variety of manual techniques and instrumentation to analyze experimental data.

Maintains logs and notebooks of all work‑related activity to assists in the preparation of materials for grants and manuscripts.

Examine animals and or specimens and measure or weigh compounds and solutions for testing.

Follow training expectations as defined by project.

Follow all procedures and protocols as defined.

+Technology

Uses computers, equipment, and high‑technology applications to perform work duties.

+Collaboration

Collaborates and communicates with internal laboratory members to work effectively.

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.

Research Data Analyst-II  Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation

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Position Summary

Identifies, collects, integrates and analyzes data in support of the assigned project and/or department. This position works independently and uses methodologies consistent with the established policies, procedures and regulatory requirements affecting the department.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • 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, SPSS.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Situated on the Maine coast, Portland offers the best of urban sophistication combined with seaside charm.  The Old Port area receives tourists from around the world with nationally recognized restaurants, breweries, and hotels. In fact, Portland was recently named “2018 Restaurant City of the Year” by Bon Appétit Magazine. The area has an active outdoor community providing four-season recreational opportunities such as skiing, hiking, sailing, and miles of beautiful beaches.  Just two hours north of Boston, this is an exceptionally diverse and vibrant community.

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.

Research Fellow – Psychiatric Research

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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.

It is desired to fill this position by August, 2019 and we are accepting applicants to begin immediately or during the summer of 2019.

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.