Career Opportunities

Research Associate I

Title: Research Associate I
FLSA: Non-exempt
Department: Medical Research
Primary Worksite: 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC
Reports to: Director of Injury Monitoring and Prevention

Occupational Summary: To assist in the organization and conduct of diving safety studies (laboratory, field and survey/surveillance/epidemiological), including data collection, data management, data analysis, and preparing research papers/presentations.

  • Manage study datasets and enter data
  • Assist with analysis of data within approved research projects
  • Assist with writing research papers under supervision of senior researchers
  • Translate results of injury research into safety advice (e.g. magazine articles)
  • Give occasional presentation of results of injury research
  • Coordinate study planning and implementation
  • Maintain tools for project management and data maintenance
  • On-site management of study subjects and procedures
  • Employ study instruments and procedures to collect research data
  • Assist in preparation of documentation for institutional review board (IRB) applications
  • Provide administrative support for IRB operations
  • Maintain compliance with IRB and HIPPA requirements

  • Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor of science degree or higher
  • Knowledge of diving and diving technology
  • Familiar with research techniques
  • Data management skills
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills

  • Desired Qualifications
  • Technical writing experience
  • Familiarity with statistics
  • Scuba diving certification

  • Posted 2/27/2017

    Medical Information Specialist / Registered Nurse

    Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a not-for-profit safety organization that provides medical services, research and training for divers, boaters and global travelers. DAN's membership program and insurance products support the core mission.

    Each year Medical Information Specialists (DAN medics) answer more than 15,000 inquiries that range from questions about medical fitness-to-dive to management of medical and travel emergencies worldwide. Located in Durham, NC, medics spend significant time fielding phone calls and emails. Some travel to events and classes is required; the annual travel commitment is usually no more than 2–3 weeks per year. Medics work under the direction of a medical director, and support is always available from attending physicians and fellows. Customer service skills and the ability to multitask are very important aspects of the medic's role.

    Medics communicate daily with new divers, seasoned divers, people interested in diving, and healthcare providers. Medics write and review articles for publication and make follow-up calls for quality assurance and data collection for DAN's research. Medics also help with the training of physicians completing fellowships in undersea and hyperbaric medicine.

    DAN medics provide emergency services 24 hours a day. Medics rotate after-hours emergency call responsibilities; calls are forwarded by an answering service to extensions that forward to the medics' cell phones. Triage by phone for emergencies consists of assessing the caller's need and directing callers to appropriate services such as a primary care physician, an urgent care facility or emergency department, insurance claims or DAN Travel. Medics are expected to recognize cases that may require evacuation and transfer these to the emergency services supervisor.

    Minimum Job Requirements:
  • RN with ability to license in North Carolina
  • One year experience in emergency medicine, acute care, critical care
  • Diving experience within the past three years
  • Good critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills based on training, experience or consultation with medical direction
  • Excellent communication skills

  • Preferred Requirements:
  • Three years combination call center, acute care, case management, critical care, emergency medicine
  • BSN or MSN
  • Instructor/divemaster with two years dive leadership experience
  • Experience writing articles for journals, publications or magazines
  • Experience in research and IRB processes
  • Multilingual in Spanish, French, or Portuguese

  • Compensation Package:
  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, dental, disability, life and vision insurance
  • Paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Relocation assistance
  • CME opportunities

  • Life in the Triangle area of North Carolina
    Durham, known as the "City of Medicine," is part of the Triangle area, which also includes the nearby cities Raleigh/Cary and Chapel Hill. This area of approximately 1.5 million residents is one of the fastest growing in the country and is consistently rated among the best places to live. Research Triangle Park (RTP) is one of the most well-known high-tech pharmaceutical and biomedical research areas in the U.S. The Triangle also boasts a variety of cultural arts, opportunities for outdoor recreation, and proximity to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) offers nonstop flights all over the U.S. and to destinations in Mexico, Canada, and Europe.

    Posted 2/06/2017

    Submit Your Résumé

    If you enjoy working with people and share a passion for scuba diving, we would like to hear from you. To submit a résumé for consideration, please do one of the following:

  • Email it:
  • Fax it: +1-919-493-3456, Attn: HR/Personnel Department.
  • Mail it: HR Department, Divers Alert Network, 6 West Colony Place, Durham, NC 27705 USA

  • DAN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.