Research Specialist

The Ohio State University

The Research Specialist works collaboratively with other researchers to conduct a variety of health care services research, public health studies, health care program evaluation and other research projects under the general supervision of the Center Director. Activities may include data collection and analysis, literature reviews, facilitating communication among researchers, preparing reports and presentations and policy analysis. The Research Specialist will work as part of a project team both at Ohio State and, potentially, at off-campus research sites. This individual may assist in research design and project planning activities, help prepares reports for particular projects and participate as a co-author in publications. The Research Specialist may direct certain portions of research projects, under the supervision of the Center Director or a Project’s principal investigator. Other duties may include writing and sending communications regarding project status and project needs to participating researchers and performing other duties, as requested by Center Director.

Additionally, the Research Specialist will perform other administrative and technical support activities for the Center, as requested by the Center Director. These activities may include business development interactions with prospective clients, collaboration with the College of Public Health Communication Office on development or revision of marketing materials (web and print) for the Center, identification of grant opportunities and assistance in development of grant proposals, providing a liaison with the CPH grants office, Office of Sponsored Programs and IRB and occasional administrative support activities.


Master’s degree or equivalent clinical degree in health care, health services research, public health or other relevant discipline is required. A doctoral degree is strongly preferred. Practical experience performing health care research projects, particularly regarding the organization and delivery of health care services or public health program evaluation, is desired. Excellent oral and written communications skills are required. The candidate should be able to perform quantitative and statistical analysis of data and have a basic familiarity with qualitative research approaches. Candidate must possess good organizational and planning skills.




Use of Power Point, Excel, MS Word. Ability to perform data analyses using standard statistical software (SAS, STATA, or SPSS) is required. Knowledge of bibliographic search and retrieval techniques, both Internet and non-Internet-based, is expected.


Practical experience in health care or public health program evaluation and/or health services research is preferred.


80% – Provides research, analytic, bibliographic and other research support participation in Center projects. Participates in research design, data collection and authorship of publications. Coordinates and facilitates interaction among Center for HOPES researchers, sponsors and other external organizations and internal units such as the OSU Office of Sponsored Programs, IRB, Legal, College of Public Health (CPH) and other OSU units

10% – Business development activities, including contacting and visiting state agencies, associations, health care entities and other organizations, to explore possible research interactions with the Center for HOPES. Drafting and developing grant and contract applications, to be submitted to appropriate Foundations, government agencies and other potential funders. Collaborating with the CPH Communication unit, to ensure that the Center has high quality and updated marketing materials including web site and print brochures.

10% – Other functions, as requested by the Center Director, including occasional administrative functions, as needed, that might entail interfacing with the CPH grants office and OSP, IRB submissions, overseeing the PI Portal, time recording and other administrative needs. Interacting with the Center for HOPES Advisory Board. Helping to plan and implement special Center for HOPES events, such as professional conferences and research-oriented meetings. Occasional duties in support of the tracking and evaluation unit at the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

The Ohio State University is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff for employment and promotion to ensure the highest quality workforce, to reflect human diversity and to improve opportunities for minorities and women. The University embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status, is prohibited.