Department: MED-Medical Social Sciences Salary/Grade: NEX/13
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 study coordination as part of a team across 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 inter-related studies on early childhood risk factors for adverse outcomes (e.g., psychopathology, language disorder). The focus is on the integration of the When to Worry about Irritability study (W2W-I) and the When to Worry About Language (W2W-L) study. The When to Worry studies advance an earlier science of reliable identification of emergent mental health problems, assessing the associations among irritability and language development.
The senior research study coordinator position requires a highly motivated individual with a strong attention to detail. The ability to work flexibly across multiple demands and balance administrative skills related to study coordination 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 may include assistance with 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 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.
**Please note:This position is a one-year term position 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. Comfort with last minute and competing deadlines. Comfort “managing-up” and knowing when to get superiors involved in a decision. Ability to troubleshoot various issues/problems with Research Assistants (i.e., visit, technical, or scheduling related). Willingness to work in the evenings and on weekends (including in person and virtual assessments). Adaptability to work on multiple complex grants at one time. Temporarily working remotely due to COVID, with exception of running limited in person visits.
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 & 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.
Oversees repair & maintenance of all lab equipment & ensures that lab supplies are ready & available when necessary.
Maintains & reconciles expenditures & balances in regard to research accounts & budgets.
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 NU'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
Experience using relational database programs
Experience with Institutional Review Board requirements for study monitoring and oversight
Infant and child experience, preferably in a research capacity
Comfort with participant outreach, communication, and payment
Experience with human subject data collection, including in person and virtual visits (e.g., MRI, EEG, eye tracking, behavioral assessment)
Supervisory or project management experience involving human subjects
Familiarity with developmental assessments
Experience working on large and diverse research study teams
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of financial accounting methods and budget preparation
Experience in compiling information for budgets, grant progress, and regulatory reports (e.g., timeline projections, NIH progress reports)
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: 40612
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