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RTI International

Early Career PhD Level Researcher

Durham, North Carolina, United States, RTI Headquarters (RTP Area)

The GenOmics, Bioinformatics, and Translational Research Center (GOBOT) at RTI International has an immediate opening for an early career Ph.D.-level researcher. Within GOBOT, the Genomics, Ethics, and Translational Research Program conducts translational research to understand the causes and consequences of rare and common complex diseases and implement interventions that improve health outcomes with a range of projects funded by the federal and state governments, nonprofit foundations, and the private sector. Our work is designed to inform public health policy and practice, with a special focus on newborn screening.  We are seeking an early-career researcher to help lead a new project to (a) study existing linkages between early intervention and newborn screening programs; (b) review newborn screening disorders for potential eligibility and need for early intervention; and (c) develop and propose a model for how an assessment of early intervention needs and opportunities could be part of the process for evaluating the suitability of disorders for newborn screening. Research support for other projects that focus on rare and common complex diseases is also likely.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as on a team. Interest and prior experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: early identification or newborn screening; early intervention or clinical support for young children with genetic conditions; demonstrated expertise in a range of research methods; and a career focus on research and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

•    Manage multiple tasks of varying complexity for disability and public health projects under the guidance of senior staff
•    Coordinate all aspects of data collection and project management
•    Track and be responsible for project progress, deliverables, timelines, and budgets
•    Lead or play a major role in analyzing data and preparing reports and peer-reviewed articles based on research activities
•    Prepare and deliver presentations at state and national meetings
•    Collaborate with other RTI researchers to provide research support (including methodological or subject matter expertise) for other projects focusing on children with disabilities and their families.
•    Actively contribute to proposals to obtain research funding through new grants and contracts in order to develop a research portfolio

•    Ph.D. in early childhood special education, psychology, public health, genetics, allied health, nursing, or other related fields
•    A minimum of 5 years of related experience (to include research training), with a primary focus on research experiences
•    Strong oral and written communication skills,
•    Ability to manage competing tasks and priorities
•    Ability to work independently and with teams, and to establish and maintain good working relationships with supervisors, coworkers, and clients
•    Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals is preferred
•    Legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.

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