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 position will support a project examining child development. This is a federally funded study led by developmental psychologists at the Feinberg School of Medicine. This study seeks to identify connections between infant irritability, infant brain development and early mental health risk.
This position requires an enthusiastic and committed individual with a strong attention to detail who can also consider the big picture. The RA will conduct a variety of standardized assessments of toddlers and young children as well as their parents, using standardized behavioral measures and EEG/ERP, and will also be responsible for coding of data, data entry, and administrative tasks such as scheduling. We are looking for an energetic, flexible, highly collaborative team player who is willing to take initiative and learn a variety of assessment techniques ranging from neuroimaging to behavioral observation. This would be an ideal position for an individual considering future graduate study in areas such as psychology, communication sciences & disorders, neuroscience, or similar fields. The candidate will be joining a fast-paced and continually growing research program and will work with professionals from a range of disciplines.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is a one-year termed position with opportunity for rehire based on performance and available funding.Work hours may include evenings and weekends, in order to best accommodate research subjects.
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.
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 NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Experience as a research assistant working with human subjects.
Experience assisting with neuroimaging activities like MRI and EEG.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience with/ comfortable working with small children between the ages of newborn and 5 years of age.
Experience administering standardized behavioral assessments, particularly with children.
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: 39623
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