Department: MED-Medical Social Sciences Salary/Grade: NEX/9
Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests, EEG, interviews, observations &/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).
This research assistant will support a project related to understanding early childhood risk for language impairment, The When to Worry about Language Study (W2W-L). W2W-L is an NIH-funded study led by developmental cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Elizabeth Norton from the School of Communication and clinical developmental psychologist Dr. Laurie Wakschlag from the Feinberg School of Medicine. This longitudinal study seeks to identify which emergent language patterns, individual differences in family language experience, neural differences as measured by EEG/ERP, and child irritability patterns enable identification of language disorder risk in toddlers. The study is closely integrated with a related study of infant irritability and early mental health risk.
This position requires an enthusiastic and committed individual with a strong attention to detail and clear scientific thinking. The RA will conduct a variety of standardized assessments of assess toddlers and preschoolers as well as their parents, using standardized behavioral measures and EEG/ERP, and will also be responsible for coding of data, data entry, and study coordination and administrative tasks such as scheduling visits. The candidate will be joining a fast-paced and dynamic research program and will work with professionals from a range of disciplines. The ideal candidate will be eager to learn new assessment techniques and implement them with fidelity while maintaining a rapport with children and families. We are looking for an energetic, flexible, proactive, highly collaborative team player. There are opportunities to be involved in research presentations and publications once settled in the position, as well as for training in infant/toddler MRI data acquisition. This would be an ideal position for an individual considering future graduate study in areas such as psychology, communication disorders, neuroscience, or similar fields.
Availability for at least two years is strongly preferred. Immediate start date preferred. Applicants should describe their specific roles and responsibilities in previous research in their cover letter and/or resume.
Recruits study participants.
Reviews & obtains informed consent.
Schedules study visits with participants.
Scores test results.
Collects survey data.
Reviews medical records.
Consults with nurses & physicians to determine pretreatment & eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
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.
May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
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 NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
2 years research study or related experience
Experience working with families
Experience working with children under 5 years of age
Experience working with children with language delay
Experience with data and database management
Experience with cognitive neuroscience research
Coursework in early language and child development, phonetics
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Native speaker of American English (required for administering language measures)
Strong organizational and communication skills
Ability to follow standardized research protocols and integrate constructive feedbackKnowledge of SPSS or other statistical software
Knowledge of REDCap
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: 38521
About Northwestern University
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