Hire Expertise at 10%

Posted on July 16, 2008

An experienced administrator at 10% can greatly benefit a research project, states Hermi R. Woodward (bio).


I also advise them to have at least one experienced person in their team. So if they do their first research project, it may be more cost effective and generally more effective to hire by a small portion of a very experienced person who knows the system than to hire a new person who has to learn everything from scratch together with them.

So we've had great success, I think, in various of our young investigator research programs by putting in an experienced administrator that will give them 10 percent of their time, help them hire new staff, get the project underway, and then maybe withdraw after a while.

We tried to be very aware of which programs are ending and which are starting up, and transition staff that is very experienced into these new projects so that they can bring with them a certain level of expertise on what is the local administrative process. How do you go about getting IRB approval? How do you interact with the IRB? Your project gets off the ground much faster if you have some expertise and the staff you're hiring is not as green as you are in doing these things for the first time.

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Excerpted from an interview with researcher at the 2008 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, PA.


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