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Vanderbilt University Senior Research Specialist in Nashville, Tennessee

Senior Research Specialist (Job Number: 1900964)


The Senior Research Specialist is a member of the Center for Research and Scholarly Development in the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for assisting with data organization and statistical analysis of health data and work in collaboration with VUSN faculty. This position will utilize various methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis to carry out both formative and summative evaluation, related to research data and/or data related to faculty and student outcomes. Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator, the Senior Research Specialist will work in collaboration with VUSN faculty and staff on a daily basis.

With a history dating back to 1908, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has a long-standing reputation for excellence in nursing, teaching, practice, informatics and research. The school offers graduate level education in the Masters of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Philosophy* (*degree awarded through the Graduate School). VUSN is a community that welcomes staff, students, faculty and colleagues from many different professional and personal backgrounds. The vast diversity of thought and experience you will find here will not only enrich your work environment, it will also serve as a valuable foundation as you seek and fulfill your professional goals.

Our research mission is to transform the discipline of nursing through research, practice and partnerships. To contribute to the social advancement and health of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. The Center for Research Development and Scholarship (CRDS) at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing achieves its mission by fostering a scholarly environment and offering services relevant to our researchers while considering the future directions and needs of science and other resources within the VU system. It works closely to compliment the services provided by VUMC VICTR. Among the current CRDS services available to faculty and postdoctoral fellows:

  • Assistance with Institutional Review Board Applications at

  • Brown bags and seminars on topics of interest at

  • Circulation of funding opportunities and bulletins about research policy at

  • Database development and management at

  • Research Faculty travel at

  • Grant preparation and support at

  • Instrument development at

  • Literature searches at

  • Manuscript preparation at

  • Paper and poster preparation at

  • Peer reviews and critiques at

  • Recognition of scholarly achievements at

  • Research assistants at

  • Research supply purchase and procurement at

  • Statistical consultation at

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support of the Center faculty in the collection, processing, and management of a variety of research data (i.e., manage/structure data files; evaluate data quality and perform data-cleaning operations).

  • Support of the Center in the collection, processing, and management of a variety of faculty, student- and school-level data; process incoming source data; restructure data files; evaluate data quality and perform data-cleaning operations as needed.

  • Provide guidance for protocols around data storage and documentation, data security, and systems for maintaining human subjects research records and documentation.

  • Work collaboratively with VU, VUSN and VUMC biostatisticians and other research specialists.

  • Performs advanced biometrical statistical analysis and interpretation of statistical data in collaboration with School of Nursing faculty.

  • Designs and/or develops database platforms.

  • Provides oversight for implementing efficient computerized research data management systems using commercially available software and hardware.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Master’s Degree in public health or biostatistics from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.

  • Advanced graduate training in public health or biostatistics is preferred.

  • At least two years of full-time experience working in an applied health research setting is necessary.

  • Strong understanding of basic statistical concepts is necessary.

  • Experience in managing research data in SAS, STATA, SPSS, ACCESS, Qualtrics, REDCap and Excel, including database design, data queries, data cleaning and statistical analysis is necessary.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of statistical software (STATA, MPLUS, SPSS syntax, R, and/or SAS) and other statistical software is necessary.

  • Experience with Windows PC, Mac, and UNIX Environments is necessary.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills is necessary.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team is necessary.

  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping is necessary.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 19710 - Center for Research and Scholarly Development

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action