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Outreach and Communications Specialist and Analyst for Biomedical Translational Science Programs

Social Sciences Research
210ML Requisition #

RTI’s Center for Applied Economics and Strategy (CAES) has an opening for a professional to provide an array of outreach and communications coordination, support, and analysis in service of signature translational science programs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

RTI is the coordinating center for Catalyze, which is the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) translational science program. Catalyze supports innovators across the United States with funding, skills development, and project management. Catalyze’s goal is to encourage the transition of promising basic science discoveries from research institutions and small businesses into the technology development and commercialization pipeline and towards products and tools to help people. In addition, RTI is the evaluator for the NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) program and the Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) program. These two programs have similar objectives to Catalyze. 

This position will play an important role in innovator-facing activities for these programs. Key responsibilities will include innovator and site communications, tracking investigators’ interest and supporting skills development initiatives, and partnering with lead evaluators to conduct surveys and other evaluation activities to assist with tracking and improving innovators’ experience with these programs. The position will also have a role in the development of manuscripts, reports, presentations, and other materials to disseminate findings from these programs.

Note that this position will be housed within CAES, but the successful candidate will also be integrated with a team in the Global Public Health Impact Center (GPHIC). CAES and GPHIC are close collaborators on the Catalyze program. Within CAES, the innovation economics group has a long history of evaluating processes and outcomes of translational science programs. GPHIC provides an array of scientific, technical, and regulatory services to advance products and programs for public health impact. 

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in translational science programs, including a desire to make innovators’ experience with translational work more productive and impactful. They will be exceptionally well-organized, have strong verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to work nimbly across multiple tasks. 

Responsibilities will include:
•    Develop and implement innovator outreach campaigns to build interest in Catalyze and communicate with innovators, institutions, and partners who may be interested in Catalyze in coordination with Catalyze leadership
•    Track, field questions, and coordinate responses from the innovator community about Catalyze
•    Coordinate seminars, skills development offerings, and other meetings to provide enrichment and educational opportunities to the innovator community, including funded PIs as well as co-PIs, postdocs, and students support PIs’ projects, in collaboration with Skills Development leads at RTI and our academic partners
•    Field surveys and contribute to or author presentations about innovators experience with application processes or programs to support continuous learning and process improvement
•    Participate in interviews with innovators and their teams to capture insights about their experiences and to develop impact narratives
•    Coordinate research activities across multiple sites and programs
•    Contribute to presentations, papers, and reports
•    Assist with quick turnaround requests for data and ad hoc analyses
•    Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of evaluators, translational program leaders, product development managers, and evaluators

•    Bachelor’s Degree with at least 2 years of relevant experience or Master’s Degree in public health, the life sciences, biomedical engineering, or related fields
•    Experience in life science research settings, such as internships or work experiences with translational science programs, research laboratories, or similar setting
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills 


•    Knowledge of the overall life cycle of biomedical product development, and awareness of the challenges academic innovators face in moving discoveries into the technology development pipeline
•    Experience with descriptive data analysis using MS Office applications and with some exposure to statistical software tools (e.g., R, Stata)
•    Experience with web-based survey platforms (e.g., Alchemer, Qualtrics)
•    Experience with communications and outreach 
•    Familiarity with relational databases 


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