Pediatric Clinical Research Associate

Updated: February 12, 2020
Job ID: 215683
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking Pediatric Clinical Research Associate to support the Pediatrics Department located at the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Pediatrics Department. 

The Pediatric Clinical Research Associate is responsible for programming support of research data management, and analytic requirements to support the Military Child & Family Research Division and Health Systems Research and Clinical Epidemiology Division in the Department of Pediatrics. This is to include database and statistical programming, programming for standard report generation, ad-hoc queries, analyses, data manipulation, extraction and export. The Incumbent should be familiar with commonly used concepts, practices and procedures within health systems management/analysis field. Incumbent will rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals with a certain degree of creativity and latitude. 


  1. Extracts data from Military Health System Database using SAS query programs.
  2. Eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance required for database access.
  3. Uses SAS programming to extract and manage data in the MDR System.
  4. Familiarity with SAS macros, SAS SQL, and advanced data step processing.
  5. Translates datasets between formats of major professional statistical software.
  6. Performs data validation of large data files including detecting and correcting or removing duplicate, corrupt or inaccurate data.
  7. Manipulates and prepares data into formats for necessary for statistical analysis.
  8. Manages protected healthcare data according to security requirements.
  9. Prepares files for merging and performs merges of disparate datasets.
  10. Communicates effectively and professionally in writing and in person.
  11. Data Analysis.
  12. Writes and develops programming for use in professional statistical programs such as SAS.
  13. Performs exploratory data analysis.
  14. Performs and interprets univariate, bivariate and multivariable analyses.
  15. Performs, troubleshoots and interprets multivariate regression models, including linear, Poisson, log-linear and proportional hazard models.
  16. Participates in continuing education in research and statistical methods.
  17. Willing to learn R for advanced analyses.
  18. Research Coordination.
  19. Assists in maintenance of calendar of required research and IRB documentation, grant updates, and administrative requirement for research activities.
  20. Assists in development editing and compilation of necessary components for new research or grant proposal development.
  21. Works with staff in the editing and submission of scientific work for presentation and publication. 
  22. Completes other projects as needed.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master’s degree from an accredited college, or equivalent experience, with a concentration in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related research field. 

Minimum Experience: 0-2 years’ work experience with SAS programming in a research environment. If 0 years, equivalent is formal SAS training course completion certification and proof of previous analysis in SAS from master’s degree program. 

Physical Capabilities: Job performance requires long periods of sitting at a computer. Must possess adequate vision and manual dexterity for computer work. Must have the ability to communicate verbally and move within the Program’s research sites. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent will be under the supervision of the Directors of Military Child & Family Research Division and the Health Systems Research and Clinical Epidemiology Division and will receive SAS related supervision from the senior research associate. 

Work Environment: Office environment; Work is performed entirely in support of a Federal sponsored Cooperative Agreement and therefore is dependent solely on the ability of the Federal Government to fund the agreement. Position will terminate in the absence or withdrawal of Federal funds. Travel to research related meetings or conferences may be required. 

Background: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Secret Security Clearance.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.