Data Dissemination Coordinator

at Carolina Population Center, UNCCH (view profile)
Location Chapel Hill, NC
Date Posted June 27, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Data Dissemination Coordinator
Carolina Population Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Position # 01005179

Position Summary

This position is for the research data dissemination coordinator for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). This position will promote and highlight Add Health’s original data collection efforts, provide research tools to identify and explore these data, and improve data dissemination approaches to showcase this program of research. Add Health is a National Institutes of Health-funded longitudinal study comprising five waves of data collection from a cohort of 20,000 participants across more than 20 years. This program of research is based at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill ( This position will manage the dissemination of research data generated by the Add Health project that has been collected at five time points and is in the process of securing funding for a sixth wave of fieldwork. These data are complex, made available to the research community via public and restricted use datasets, and will benefit from identification and creation of new research tools for the research community to explore prior to and after obtaining them for analyses. Obtaining the restricted use data involves users meeting various contractual requirements before access is granted. This position will be responsible for creating state-of-the-art dissemination tools and facilitating direct interaction with users to determine user community needs. This person will work closely with an investigative team that includes experts in sociology, maternal and child health, epidemiology, and data collection and management. To work with a broad user community, this person must have a combination of scientific knowledge, research data and analysis experience, and interpersonal and management skills. S/he will receive general guidance from senior researchers and then work independently with a wide variety of individuals. S/he must be able to develop dissemination strategies and plans, obtain feedback from the research community, and, with minimal oversight, implement those strategies. S/he will assist with writing project reports and manuscripts. S/he will supervise staff responsible for the daily management of user contracts, communication with contract holders, and disseminating data to researchers. Occasional travel to attend conferences will be required.

Educational Requirements

A master’s degree in information sciences, social sciences or public health, or related area is required.

Qualifications and Experience

A minimum of two years of experience in managing or directing a research data repository involving multiple projects and a large number of data files is desirable. The following are all desirable skills: Familiarity with sensitive data security requirements, IRB processes, data use agreements, and data security plans. Familiarity with databases for management of information to track data users. Programming skills to review datasets, link documentation (questionnaires, codebooks). Experience updating web site content and contributing to review of web site design. Experience with data discovery (metadata) tools such as DDI that allow searching, filtering, variable searches, standard taxonomy for tagging, and methods for tagging information. Familiarity with social science or public health data. Demonstrated excellent communication skills with a broad social science and/or public health user community. Extensive understanding of research data and some experience as a research programmer or analyst. Familiarity with Google Analytics, SAS, Stata, Colectica, statistical transfer software, encryption software, and XML desirable. S/he must have outstanding organizational and management skills. S/he must be able to develop plans and timelines for research and technical activities, anticipate and solve problems, prioritize competing demands, and work independently. Ability to coordinate activities among a variety of individuals.

Salary: dependent upon qualifications

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.