Coordinates & completes the day to day administrative & technical activities involved in a single complex, large, nationwide or multiple moderately complex concurrent biomedical &/or social-behavioral research study(ies) involving multiple sites& /or longitudinal assessments/ interventions. Ensures that all activities are completed 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 entails project coordination as part of a team across multiple funded studies examining longitudinal child development directed by Dr. Laurie Wakschlag. 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 conducting the NIH-funded When to Worry about Irritability study (W2W-I), assisting with its seamless integration with the When to Worry About Language (W2W-L) study, and implementing the Early Childhood PROMIS Validation Linking component of the study. The When to Worry studies aim to advance the science of reliable identification of emergent mental health problems with a focus on assessing the associations between irritability and 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 social science research study coordination. The ability to work flexibly across multiple demands and balance administrative skills related to project coordination with the conducting of research subject assessments 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, assisting in development and implementation of new protocols, and ensuring that all processes, protocols, and procedures are quality controlled and meeting standards. Additional responsibilities include development, implementation and administration of budgets, grants and administrative procedures.
We are looking for a team player who wants 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. The ability to think on your feet and a capacity to proactively identify and solve problems are essential traits. Flexibility in hours is required, including evenings and weekends, and responsibilities may include off-site activities. The ability to provide and receive constructive feedback is essential. Strong written and spoken English skills are essential. The coordinator will report to the clinical research manager and will work closely with the rest of the investigative team in ensuring that studies achieve their objectives and that all relevant policies are followed.
This position is a term position for less than a year, with opportunity for renewal based on performance and available funding.
Supervisor provides objectives, deadlines and specific instructions only for new, difficult, and/or unusual work. Work is reviewed upon completion and only occasionally to verify technical accuracy and compliance with practice, policy, and procedures. EE informs supervisor of on-going progress and/or potentially controversial matters.
Participates in the planning & conduct of research studies.
Reviews project & protocol & recommends strategies to expedite study.
Recruits & retains participants.
Obtains informed consent.
Administers tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
Collects, compiles, tabulates &/or process responses.
Monitors & maintains systems for effective participant and data flow for studies.
Manages study databases which may include ensuring that data is collected & entered correctly.
Reviews & analyzes data.
Creates computer models, graphs, reports & summaries for use in publications, professional journals, & grant applications.
Writes portions of grant applications.
Co-authors scientific papers for presentation & publication.
Researches & obtains funding.
Creates & maintains study manuals regarding operating, safety, and etc. procedures.
Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
May process payments for research participants per study protocol.
Creates lab financial plan & budget/audit expenses.
Obtains sales quotes for lab equipment & supplies.
Reviews & adjusts expenses to decrease costs.
Oversees repair & maintenance of all lab equipment & ensures that lab supplies are ready & available when necessary.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & may supervise research staff, students, residents &/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 social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 4 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 and 2 years' research study or other relevant experience.
Must complete Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Experience using Microsoft Office suite
Two or more years’ experience as research assistant
Supervisory or project management experience involving human subjects
Experience working on large and diverse research study teams
Experience in working with youth and families from diverse environments
Training in social science research methods
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience using REDCap database for data collection and QA
Experience with Institutional Review Board requirements for study monitoring and oversight
Familiarity with developmental assessments
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: 34467
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.