Research Specialist at The Ohio State University

Research Specialist at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
November 24, 2020
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

The Ohio State University is proud to be a premier employer that provides an exceptional total rewards package including medical, dental, vision and many other “hidden” benefits. Our competitive benefits package is offered to all eligible faculty and staff in order to attract, develop and retain top performers eager to share their talent, time and success. Our benefits support your health and financial goals and include not only health insurance, but also generous state retirement, tuition assistance for our employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and much more. Please visit for detailed information. Be your best at The Ohio State University!

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Specialist will be involved with all aspects of research on projects related to substance use, child abuse and neglect, and intervention development. The projects currently focus on reducing child abuse and neglect in substance-affected families, reducing opioid overdose deaths, and examining the effects of environmental interventions for reducing child abuse and neglect. Research activities include managing IRB applications and amendments, assisting with programmatic decisions, and writing manuscripts. This person will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in day-to-day project management of a variety of different projects.

Primary Job Functions

  • Responsible for day-to-day coordination of projects
  • Makes decisions regarding the project management of a portfolio of research, including:
    • Assist with programmatic decisions
    • Problem solve and suggest alternative solutions
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Prepares, plans, and conducts trainings as needed
  • Assist in schedules and organizes steering committee and work group meetings
  • Maintains responsibility for each site to carry out all implementation activities (including maintaining database and preparing feedback reports to funders on a regular basis)
  • Monitor and track progress for all projects
  • Assist with supervision of project staff
  • In coordination with the PI, delegate project tasks based on junior staff members’ individual strengths, skill sets and experience levels
  • Manage and assist in writing and reviewing technical reports, policy and practice briefs, white papers, and conducts webinars
  • Track budget expenditures, assist in long-term budget planning for projects, identify future budget needs, and funding opportunities
  • Assist in grant development and grant writing.
  • Ability to manage a variety of data sets, including complex data (preferred)
  • Data analysis skills (preferred)

Secondary Job Functions

  • Attends project meetings and conferences, as needed
  • Reviews and recommend revisions on project elements
  • Attends relevant training programs
  • Networks with other organizations and agencies
Position Requirements

REQUIRED Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree and extensive experience in working on complex projects is required
  • A minimum of two years experience in implementing new programs and assisting in project management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking skills
  • Must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with a variety of partners, write technical reports and scientific articles.
Required Experience

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.