Job Description

HS Research Tech 1

Requisition IDreq11494
Working TitleHS Research Tech 1
Position Grade08
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) is seeking a HS Research Tech 1 for its Behavioral Measurement and Population Sciences (BMPS) Shared Resource team within the Cancer Control Program. The position will focus on supporting and implementing a variety of research projects and research support processes to assist cancer-focused population science research efforts.

UNMCCC Shared Resources are state-of-the-art facilities that support UNMCCC scientists and their research goals, and stimulate interactions among the Cancer Center’s research programs. Shared Resources exist to promote the research efforts of member laboratories and to speed the adoption of innovative methods and technologies that advance cancer research at UNM.

The BMPS Shared Resource supports the development and implementation of cancer-focused population science and patient-centered research through a dedicated research team and infrastructure offering the following support and services: 1) research design and development, 2) project/study management, 3) project/study implementation, 4) data and database management, 5) qualitative analysis, and 6) academic products (presentations, publications, future grants). Additionally, BMPS provides research investigators with access to bilingual services, training for a full complement of research activities and requirements (data collection, survey methods, administering informed consent, regulatory/compliance, among others), and a library of validated instruments for data collection.

The HS Research Tech 1 will support all of these BMPS activities and services through the execution of detailed and controlled research processes and protocols.

To be considered for an interview, in addition to a resume please upload a cover letter detailing how previous work experience and training have prepared you for the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Under supervision of BMPS manager and/or project-specific staff, assists with design, development, and implementation of project-related materials, activities, and implementation.

2. Under supervision of BMPS manager and/or project-specific staff, assist in regulatory support as needed (i.e., IRB activities for UNM).

3. Actively participate in regular study team and BMPS team communications as needed (meetings, emails, phone calls, etc.)

4. Under supervision of BMPS manager and/or project-specific staff, assist in implementing and tracking project goals, objectives, and outcomes.

5. Assist with coordination of data collection and participant tracking at community sites by working with research team, participants, and others to arrange scheduling, preparation of materials, and administrative aspects such as gift cards. This may include participating in occasional in-state travel in order to support data collection efforts and other study-related activities.

6. Assist with data entry and data entry verification (in REDCap and Excel, primarily), including digital data capture of hard copy forms (i.e., scanning and digital archiving)

7. Communicate with study participants and possibly recruit potential study participants as needed.

8. Develop original and modify existing study and organizational documents (including SOPs, protocols, meeting/event agendas, etc.) as needed.

9. Provide miscellaneous support to BMPS and supported studies as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

1. Mature interpersonal skills: cooperative, empathetic, flexible, team- and service-oriented.

2. Basic working knowledge of population-based and/or behavioral research, including methodology, principles, procedures, survey research design and implementation, community engagement, project management, and database development and management.

3. Ability to support multiple complex, long-term research projects through good judgment, communication, prioritization, and time management.

4. Ability to gather, maintain, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data.

5. Ability to work with and for diverse people, personalities, and communities.

6. Responsive to team and client requirements: willing to learn and lead as needed.

7. Ability to maintain and implement detailed and complex research processes and protocols.

8. Ability to collect and process research data and accurately record findings.

9. Ability to develop creative solutions to routine research procedural problems.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at

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Conditions of Employment
  • For individual positions in which driving is a job requirement, a valid NM driver's license and valid UNM driver's permit will be required.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Annual TB testing may be required if working in a patient care area.
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of directly related student practicum or equivalent experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

· Fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

· Experience with community-based research study design and implementation, including participant recruitment, data collection and database maintenance.

· Demonstrated experience with

o Mixed methods research methodologies.

o Database creation and maintenance, particularly REDCap.

· Excellent communication skills, including writing, speaking, and listening.

· Commitment to conducting research to reduce cancer health disparities in New Mexico.

Additional RequirementsFinalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

Applicants must provide names of 3 past or present supervisors as references that the hiring official can contact.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentCRTC Population Sci Academic Unit (099Z1)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date1 year from date of hire
Pay$11.25 - $16.88
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date12/2/2019
Application InstructionsAPPLICANT: Please complete the official application; making sure to include all prior work experience and average hours worked per week. Attach your Current Resume; listing three former or current Supervisor References. Attach your Cover Letter that details how your experience matches the position as described above; including any Preferred Qualifications.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

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