Job Summary: This position entails project coordination, with a focus on administration and data management, as part of a team across multiple funded studies of longitudinal child development directed by Dr. Laurie Wakschlag and Dr. Elizabeth Norton. This program of research aims to characterize early developmental patterns related to disruptive behavior, executive function, and language delay. Multiple state-of-the-art, developmentally-sensitive methods are used (including EEG/ERP, MRI, and eye tracking) to assess these and other factors longitudinally.
This position will coordinate daily operations and activities across multiple, inter-related, studies on early childhood risk factors for adverse outcomes (e.g., psychopathology, language disorder). The focus is on several NIH-funded studies: the MAPS study, the integration of the When to Worry about Irritability study (W2W-I) and the When to Worry About Language (W2W-L) study. The MAPS study, now in its 9th year, recruits a diverse sample of children from preschool age through preadolescence with assessment of development, behavior, neurocognition and family context. The When to Worry studies advance an earlier science of reliable identification of emergent mental health problems, assessing the associations among irritability, language development.
The research project coordinator position requires a highly motivated individual with a strong attention to detail. The ideal candidate will have experience with data coordination for research studies and will oversee data management across the studies. The ability to work flexibly across multiple demands and balance administrative skills related to project coordination with data management is crucial. The position requires engagement with colleagues, sponsors, and other external project stakeholders. The coordinator will assist the study manager in monitoring study performance, assist in development and implementation of new protocols, and ensuring that all processes, protocols and procedures are quality controlled and functioning up to standards. Additional responsibilities include development, implementation and administration of budgets, grant & administrative procedures.
We are looking for a team player who is willing to take initiative and learn a variety of responsibilities. The individual will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team and should be comfortable communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds, including investigators, research staff, and diverse child and parent participants. Ability to think on your feet and a capacity to proactively identify and solve problems are essential traits. Flexibility in hours is required, including evening and weekend, and may include off-site activities. Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback are essential. Strong written and spoken English skills are essential. The coordinator will report to the clinical research manager and work closely with the rest of the investigative team in ensuring that studies achieve their objectives and that all relevant policies are followed (e.g., Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all 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 is a one year term position with opportunity for renewal based on performance and available funding. Specific Responsibilities: Technical
Leads execution & control of a biomedical and/or social science project or research study.
Coordinates processing & analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests & procedures
Develops new and/or revised research methodologies.
Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
Oversees & manages collection, maintenance, analysis & evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations & publications.
Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
Coordinates data across multiple platforms (e.g., REDCap, Excel, calendars)
Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, & preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress & final reports, etc.
Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
Manages lab/study budget & inventory including purchasing of supplies & services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable & project related.
Orders & maintains inventory of study supplies.
Distributes intra-departmental charges.
Negotiates with vendors, obtain quotes & arrange for demos of large equipment.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & supervises research staff, students, residents and/or fellows.
Acts 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 psychology, education, child development, neuroscience, public health, or a related field; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 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 psychology, education, child development, neuroscience, public health, or a related field; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 1 year research study or other relevant experience.
Must complete CITI human subjects training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Experience using Microsoft Office suite.
Experience using relational database programs.
Supervisory or project management experience involving human subjects.
Familiarity with developmental assessments.
Experience working on large and diverse research study teams.
Experience with creating or managing databases for large studies
Experience creating or managing REDCap database or other relational database programs
Knowledge of financial accounting methods and budget preparation.
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.
Internal Number: 33424
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