Trial Manager- NIH- Funded Environmental Randomized Controlled Trial
The Water, Health and Applied Water Microbiology Lab (WHAM Lab) housed in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at Temple University is seeking a trial manager to coordinate the execution of a complex environmental randomized controlled trial.
Candidates should be highly motivated with an interest in gaining hands on experience in recruitment and execution of a large-scale NIH-funded randomized control trial of 900 children seeking to reduce gastrointestinal illnesses associated with the consumption of untreated private well water in rural Pennsylvania. The applicant will be responsible for coordinating the execution of the trial including but not limited to the following activities: recruitment and enrollment of eligible households, data management, coordinating the collection of stool, saliva and water samples of household participants, follow-up with households, coordination of research team meetings, supervision of undergraduate and graduate students that help with the execution of the trial. The trial manager will work largely independently under the supervision of Dr. Murphy and alongside a research associate to execute the above outlined tasks and the overall execution of the trial.
There will be opportunities for publishing and grant writing if desired. The applicant will engage with an advisory panel of experts from across the US including the EPA, the CDC, the USDA/USGS and academic leaders in environmental epidemiology and waterborne diseases.
Experience in the execution of large-scale clinical trials or environmental epidemiological studies that involve the recruitment of participants is desirable. Applicants with lab experience is desirable but not required.
The WHAM Lab: Dr. Heather Murphy is a nationally-recognized expert in waterborne diseases and has a vast amount of experience working in Water and Sanitation in both the US and abroad. She currently leads the Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab ( www.whamlab.org). Areas of specific research growth include water and health issues associated with private wells, drinking water distribution systems, recreation in urban waterways and water and sanitation issues in developing countries, with a focus on waterborne pathogens.
The College of Public Health: A CEPH-accredited school of public health, the College of Public Health enrolls nearly 5,000 students in 8 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs. The College has seen remarkable growth and organizational expansion in programs, research profile, increase in rankings, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The College’s research focuses on social, behavioral, and environmental inquiries, medical/health interventions, and basic science and is sponsored by NIH, NSF and other major funders.
The University: Temple is an urban, research-intensive university located in Philadelphia. The University is quickly moving up in rankings – Carnegie R1 and ranked by NSF as among the top 100 universities in the country for research expenditures. Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the U.S. and includes Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Law, and Dentistry. Temple is located in historic and culturally rich Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. The city was ranked 3rd by the New York Times as a world tourist destination.
Minimum Qualifications include:
(1) Masters degree in public health, epidemiology, biological sciences, engineering, environment health or related field (or a combination of 2 years of relevant work/ research experience and an undergraduate degree could be considered).
(2) > 1 year of experience running or coordinating large-scale health studies such as randomized controlled trials;
(3) Excellent oral and written communication skills;
(4) Experience with quantitative data analysis;
(5) Driver’s license
(6) Have excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task various roles and responsibilities simultaneously
(1) > 2 years running clinical trials and enrolling participants
(2) > 1 year in of data management experience
(3) Wet lab experience
Candidates who can effectively work with very little supervision, have great attention to detail, are able to adapt to an ever-changing environment and have experience coordinating complex projects with various stakeholders or participants will be preferred.
The expected start date is January 1, 2021 and is expected to continue for a duration of up to 4 years subject to grant funding.
Please send a letter including:
(1) a statement of research interests and how the project aligns with past research experiences, (2) curriculum vita, and (3) contact information for three professional references to Dr. Heather Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants also need to formally apply through Temple’s HR system:
Temple University is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.