Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. 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).
The Child Language Lab at Northwestern University, directed by Dr. Adriana Weisleder, is looking for a bilingual (Spanish/English) Research Assistant to work on studies of young children’s language learning. The lab is conducting multiple exciting studies of language development in children from Spanish-speaking and bilingual homes. The Research Assistant will assist with multiple aspects of the research process, including recruiting children and families, testing young children using various research methods (e.g., eye-tracking), collecting audio and video recordings of parents and children in the lab and at home, transcribing and coding audio and video data, programming experiments, training and supervising undergraduate students, and contributing to data analysis, presentations and publications. The Research Assistant will also organize and participate in outreach activities with local preschool and community organizations.
Supervisor provides objectives, detailed deadlines and general instructions. Work is reviewed for technical accuracy and compliance with instructions, practice, policy and procedures. Employee meets frequently with supervisor to obtain instructions regarding general phases of work and in some cases as to specific details.
Recruits study participants.
Reviews & obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Scores test results.
Collects survey data.
Conducts eye-tracking experiments with infants and toddlers
Conducts observations of parent-child interactions
Conductschild assessments (non-clinical)
Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.
Engages in outreach to local preschools and community organizations
Cultivatesa public lab presence (e.g., via events, website, social media, etc.)
May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
Monitors & distribute petty cash.
Processes invoices &/or purchase requisitions.
Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors and clinical sites.
May train other research staff to interview/test participants.
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.
Must complete Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Fluency in Spanish required
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, child development, communication sciences and disorders, cognitive science, or related field
Research experience involving human subjects
Experience working with young children
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience with databases, such as REDCap, or other similar programs
Facility with data processing software
Computer-savvy and interested in learning new skills
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: 34552
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.