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Regenstrief Institute Research Specialist -- Community Health Research & Development in Indianapolis, Indiana



The William Tierney Center for Health Services Research at Regenstrief Institute is seeking a Research Specialist (RS) to join our creative, intellectually stimulating, open work environment. This RS position works on the Community Health Research & Development Team, led by Debra Litzelman, MA, MD whose work is focused on improving the health and well-being of the medically underserved in both clinical and community settings.

Why we need a Research Specialist

This position will provide assistance to a core program researching novel community-based educational interventions for high-priority public health problems in the State of Indiana, specifically, infant mortality and opioid addition. The research lab is led by Dr. Debra Litzelman with a key area of focus on discovering effective and sustainable, community-based practices to support and enable opiate addicted mothers and fathers to engage in substance abuse and mental health treatment through workforce development.

We are looking for a self-motivated Research Specialist who is attentive to detail, committed to producing excellent and accurate work, and dedicated to the overall outcome of projects. This RS role includes extensive in-house training and on-going supervision so he/she can offer full services of the WeCare and CARE programs. The WeCare program provides one-on-one coaching to study participants, referral to local resources, and home, community, and/or phone visits to pregnant and post-partum women and their partners. Based on individual risk profiles of enrolled participants, the RS will provide patient-centered coaching on smoking cessation, nutrition-food insecurity, mental health concerns, safe sleep for infants, and breastfeeding. Additionally for women of child-bearing age and their partners with substance use disorder, the RSwill provide encouragement and resources for how to engage/enroll in recovery programs and provide support for staying in recovery and preventing relapse. The RS is provided with mobile office equipment (laptop, a business phone, and hot spot) so he/she can work from anywhere and be available to participants (during established study hours).


The performance autonomy competency focuses on the level of independence one has when performing the work. Time-management skills are also a factor in this competency.

  • Assists Research Coordinator with the development of IRB submissions, including amendments, adverse event reporting, and continuing reviews

  • Compiles recruitment reports

  • Troubleshoots and implements solutions that result in an increase in productivity and quality of output

  • Performs auditing and quality assurance tasks

  • Conducts screening, recruiting, and management of interactions with study participants, per protocol

  • Tracks and manages gift cards for patient incentives

  • Participates in SOP updates

  • Actively reviews forms/reports for vetting and continuous improvement

  • Securely maintains study files and documentation as required

  • Provides training to other study staff on study procedures and protocols

  • Works with study leadership in developing publications, posters, and presentations

  • Makes day to day decisions with minimum oversight

  • Anticipates deadlines or milestones that put the study at risk and develops contingency plans

  • Anticipates needs of study assignments

  • Provides potential solutions when deviations from assigned work tasks, guidelines or processes

  • Proactively informs supervisor of deviations from IRB approved study protocol and develops next actions

  • Uses creativity to develop efficient study processes

  • Uses creativity to develop solutions which improve guidelines, processes and standards

  • Significant contributor to troubleshooting and solving

  • Provides cross-coverage support to other research projects

  • Attends staff meetings and contributes to in-service training as required

  • Leads study operation training for other staff as necessary.

  • Performs all tasks to company standards with limited direct supervision

  • Performs miscellaneous tasks as assigned by the supervisor and actively seeks additional tasks as time permits

  • Seeks input and feedback from team members to improve individual work activities

  • Handles sensitive situations with demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


  • High school diploma and one year of research and/or specialized training experience OR Bachelors plus some research and/or specialized training experience

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks

  • Ability to inform study leadership about study progress and suggest solutions to

  • Knowledge of basic medical

  • Experience in medical setting /health-related research following protocols and citing literature

  • Must have superior time-management skills

  • Is aware of basic concepts, practices, and procedures in:

  • Office and administration procedures

  • Standard office equipment software applications

  • Arranging schedule to maximize efficiency and meet deadlines

  • Data privacy practices and laws

  • Working with the public (customers, patients, co-professionals)

  • Quantitative and qualitative interviews

  • Maintaining files and important documentation

  • Higher level understanding of study protocol

  • Efficient study operations

  • Human Subjects Certification required


  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing, and interact with a variety of employees, hospital staff, and hospital patients and study

  • Ability to write reports and operational correspondence




  • High School or better


  • Bachelors or better



  • 1 year: Research and/or specialized training experience OR academic equivalent

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)