Coordinates collection, analysis, processing & reporting of data & assists Principal Investigator (PI) in judging the validity of test data obtained in regard to biomedical and/or social-behavioral research study(ies) of limited complexity involving co-investigators, multiple campuses and/or universities. Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
This position will fulfill a dual role divided between two research initiatives: (1) The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine research program (led by Dr. Judith Moskowitz) and (2) The Promoting Healthy Brain Project (PHBP), a study within the Perinatal Origins of Disease at the Maternal: Fetal Interface strategic research initiative of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, in partnership with the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences (DevSci; Institute Director: Dr. Laurie Wakschlag).
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Research Program. We seek to be a catalyst for cutting edge integrative medicine research that transcends biomedical and social/life science disciplines through synergy and collaboration with university-based clinical departments, centers, and institutes; community-based organizations and initiatives; and policy-making bodies. Our goal is to bring the wide range of integrative medicine research being done at Northwestern together under the Osher Center umbrella, foster transdisciplinary collaborations, and assist and support researchers in conducting cutting edge research that will grow the empirical evidence base for integrative approaches to health. We focus our research in three areas: 1) CALM (Contemplative Awareness in Life and Medicine) research seeks to better understand the health impact of contemplative awareness practices, such as mindfulness meditation and yoga, and, more broadly, the links between emotions, emotion regulation, and health; 2) INFINITE (Investigating Nutraceuticals and Functional Integrative Nutrition to Invigorate, Transform, and Empower) looks to explore the impact nutrition, supplements, and herbal medicine as components of disease treatment, as well as maintaining health; and 3 ) STABLE (Studying Traditions of Acupuncture, Bodywork, and Life-force Energy) research seeks to develop evidence for practices like acupuncture, massage, Tai Chi, and Qi-Gong in maintaining health, as well as in integrative treatments for chronic conditions.
The scientific objective of the PHBP is to test whether reducing adverse exposure during pregnancy is associated with improved neurodevelopment in the first year of life. This will be tested via a randomized controlled trial of a technology and mindfulness enhanced prenatal stress-reduction intervention among women receiving prenatal care. Infants will be assessed from birth through 12 months of age, using state of the art neurodevelopmental methods to examine early life neurodevelopment trajectories. We are currently in Phase I: Stress Model Validation, Sensor Integration, and Intervention Planning. Phase I activities are devoted to integrating the stress reduction intervention with technology-based tools that will detect in-the-moment maternal stress and provide stress reduction feedback.
The individual hired for this position will be a key member of the PHBP data collection team and Osher Center research program support team. They will perform clinical research activities including recruiting, scheduling, and maintaining contact with study participants. Administering interviews, direct behavioral assessments, neurocognitive computer tasks, and questionnaires, following protocols; conducting observational and qualitative coding; participating in scanning of babies during natural sleep; entering and processing data; assisting in the preparation of material for reports, and providing other research support to the project coordinators and investigative team as needed. Additional activities will include conducting literature searches/reviews, developing project and center materials, managing web-based resources, such as webpages. Opportunities for collaboration on scientific presentations and publications may be available for self-directed candidates.
Individuals hired for this position will be part of a dynamic collaborative team that includes physicians and scientific investigators in clinical, social, community, health, and developmental psychology, neuroscience, integrative medicine, mobile health, engineering, computer science, methodology, and obstetrics. This position will also involve working with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, study coordinators, research assistants, and interns. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in obtaining clinical research experience, and may be interested in applying to graduate school in Clinical/Health/Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, or related fields.
The ideal candidate will have previous training/experience and feel comfortable interacting with study participants in a clinic or research setting. We are also seeking an individual who has previous training/experience recruiting participants, conducting interviews and assessments, managing web-based resources, preparing IRB submissions and regulatory documents. An ability to interact comfortably and professionally with diverse families and children is essential. Other necessary skills include an ability to work independently as well as part of a collegial project team, excellent attention to detail, and strong communication skills. We are seeking proactive, highly motivated, hard-working and energetic individuals who are committed to the “big picture” of the study and are willing to take initiative and go the extra mile to achieve study objectives. Flexibility, ability to multi-task, enthusiasm and commitment are important qualities for this team. Experience with developmental and/or neuroimaging research is highly desired.
Working Conditions: A flexible schedule is essential for this full-time position, including evening and weekend hours. Off-site data collection (i.e., home or clinic visits) is also required.
Participates in the planning & conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention.
Obtains informed consent
Administers tests and/or questionnaires following protocols.
Prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on recruitment status and other pertinent study data.
Writes portions of grant applications & co-author scientific papers.
Completes documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.
May process payments for research participants per study protocol.
Monitors & distributes petty cash.
Processes invoices and/or purchase requisitions.
May provide work direction and/or train other research staff to interview/test participants.
May act as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 2 years' research study or other relevant experience required; OR
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Previous training/experience and feel comfortable interacting with study participants in a clinic or research setting.
Bachelor’s degree in social or health science, psychology, neuroscience, or other child development-related field.
Experience preparing IRB submissions and regulatory documents.
Experience with developmental and/or neuroimaging research.
Ability to interact comfortably and professionally with diverse families and children.
Ability to work both independently and with a large, collegial project team.
Excellent attention to detail.
Outstanding written and spoken communication skills in English. This role requires engaging and interacting with study participants, community members, clinicians, and scientists.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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