Scientific Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

We are looking for experienced Scientific Research Associate to join our growing global team.

Location: Tucson, AZ, US, Chicago, IL, US, or Folkestone, UK

Remote working is available.

We are committed to continuous, dedicated support across all facets of clinical outcomes research to assist with value driven decisions for informing patient care. With a specific focus on clinical outcome assessments (COAs), we are specialized in measuring and understanding patient-reported outcomes, clinician-reported outcomes, observer outcomes, and screening tools in the context of specific clinical conditions.


Key attributes

  • Experience

    One - three years of research experience (Masters preferred) for the Scientific Research Associate role. The Senior Research Associate role is required to have at least two posters presented and two peer reviewed manuscripts, Master’s degree and three - five years of research experience.

  • Detail-Oriented

    Keen eye for detail

  • Knowledge

    Understanding of observational research design and working knowledge of statistics (Descriptives, sample comparisons)

  • Communicator

    Excellent oral and written communication skills

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We welcome applications for this position via email here


Global location
Levels available commensurate with experience
Excellent opportunities for development and career progression
Chance to join a growing innovative and dynamic team at the forefront of clinical outcomes research

Meet the team

We have a global team covering all aspects of clinical research.
You can meet the team here

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We are always looking to expand our team with like-minded candidates and we welcome applications via email here

Scientific Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

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Job description

The Research Associate roles at COS reports to the Research Scientist and/or Directors associated with assigned projects. The Research Associates are responsible for the execution of study activities as assigned by the senior team. Duties can vary across projects but typically involve the development of study materials, review of documents or surveys to align with analytic planning, monitoring of incoming data collection for accuracy, preparation of data for analysis, and interpretation of data and written documents for reporting. This role offers the opportunity to work locally and globally on patient-centered research studies across multiple therapeutic areas.  Measures include patient-, clinician-, and observer-reported outcomes to understand health-related quality of life and symptomology impact of disease on patients.

Internal training is provided to build these knowledge and skills while in the position.

Below is a description of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are key for success in this role. In your cover letter, please speak to your experience with these areas.

Preferred Knowledge:

  • Understanding of observational research design – quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements for drug approval – ie, FDA Guidance for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures.
  • Working knowledge of psychometrics and its role in development of clinical outcomes assessments.
  • Working knowledge of statistics (Descriptives, sample comparisons)
  • Data analysis and presentation of results for journal articles and technical reports.
  • Human subjects research ethical standards (e.g., NIH, GCP, ICH, HIPAA, etc).

Preferred Skills:

  • Conduct literature reviews across multiple therapeutic indications.
  • Extract and compile psychometric information from selected literature.
  • Assist in the preparation of study documents (eg, protocol, data forms) for observational studies.
  • Design, construct, and review online survey specifications using Qualtrics.
  • Create data dictionary/codebooks for data entry and programming outputs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • Knowledge of SAS or other analytic software programming helpful.
  • Competence in communicating with teams across email and remote platforms (MS Outlook, MS Teams, Goto meeting, etc).

Preferred Abilities:

  • Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates teamwork by balancing team and individual responsibilities.
  • Is motivated to learn and sets and achieves challenging goals.
  • Desire to work on a small team in a fast-paced, client-focused environment.
  • Desire to have good work life balance (work hard and enjoy life outside of work).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, epidemiology, public health, outcomes research, health sciences or related areas is required (Master’s preferred).
  • A minimum of 1-3 years in conducting or supporting ongoing research efforts.
  • Experience presenting results to teams, conferences, or submission to scientific journals.


  • COS offers various levels within this position commensurate with qualifications and experience.
We welcome applications for this position via email here

In your cover letter, please briefly describe your experience with recruitment of participants for research studies. Please describe any usage (if any) of electronic documents for form or data collection (e.g., consent documents, e-CRF, electronic surveys).

COS celebrates diversity and inclusion.  As such, we strive to bring passionate individuals together from diverse backgrounds to pursue our mission and vision.