Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Madison, WISCONSIN
Deadline: 14 Sep 2022


Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 263966-AS
Work type: Partial Remote, Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

The Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) is seeking a Health Services Research Specialist to join our rapidly growing program. WiSOR is an interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research program that supports a wide variety of outcomes-focused research, including health care disparities, comparative effectiveness research, patterns of care, and performance and safety in surgical care. The immediate program needs for this position involve project management and research support for NIH-funded studies led by Ben Zarzaur, MD, MPH. Dr. Zarzaur's projects study financial toxicity among injured patients and the effectiveness of collaborative care interventions at improving long-term outcomes in older patients who suffer emergency general surgery-related delirium. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of tasks that span the full lifespan of a research study, including screening, consenting, and enrolling study participants and caregivers, interviewing research participants, developing study materials, communicating with study sites, data quality assurance, compliance, and general project management.
SMPH is committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities, women, persons with disabilities, military service members and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Responsibilities: Develops, designs, and conducts one or more research projects and organizes daily operation of projects and specialized research areas to ensure work meets established objectives under moderate supervision.
  • 65% Conducts research experiments according to established research protocols with moderate impact to the project(s). Collects data and monitors test results
  • 5% Operates, cleans, and maintains organization of research equipment and research area. Tracks inventory levels and places replenishment orders
  • 5% Reviews, analyzes, and interprets data and/or documents results for presentations and/or reporting to internal and external audiences
  • 5% Participates in the development, interpretation, and implementation of research methodology and materials
  • 5% Provides operational guidance on day-to-day activities of unit or program staff and/or student workers
  • 5% Performs literature reviews and writes reports
  • 5% Assists with the development, implementation, and maintenance of study protocols and associated documents, including participant-facing materials; maintains knowledge of specific study and regulatory guidelines to help ensure compliance
  • 5% Assists with the development and communication of study task lists and timelines, in consultation with PI and senior research staff
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


- 1-2 years of professional or volunteer experience in research, administration/administrative assistance, communications, project management, community/nonprofit work, or related area
Preferred qualifications:
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to follow research protocols or other detailed procedures consistently and accurately, with a high level of attention to detail
- Experience building and managing online surveys and databases in REDCap
- Experience conducting electronic record chart review and data abstraction, e.g. with using Epic software
- Experience submitting IRB applications and/or interacting with the IRB
- Interest or experience in clinician communication with patients, older adults, surgery or decision making
- Experience with research, writing, and editing
Qualified candidates will possess:
- Ability to meet deadlines, manage tasks, and take initiative without close supervision
- Excellent organizational skills
- Superb written and oral communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with study participants and external collaborators
- Ability to be a quick learner, with motivation to develop new skills
- A commitment to fostering the values of diversity and inclusion

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: . Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% - 100%
This position may require some work to be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location. Some work may be performed remotely, at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $43,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
The starting salary for the position is $43,000 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (

Additional Information:

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial caregiver check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and every four years.
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.
The department will not be able to support a request for a J-1 waiver. If you chose to pursue a waiver and apply for our position, neither the UW nor UWMF will reimburse you for your legal or waiver fees.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV and a cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for three (3) references, including your current/most recent supervisor during the application process. References will not be contacted without prior notice.


Samantha Connell
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Official Title:

Research Specialist(RE047)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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Applications Open: Aug 5 2022 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 14 2022 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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