Research Study Assistant 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 role would involve clinical research, smoking cessation counseling, knowledge of medical terminology, behavioral interventions, medication management, administering assessments and psychiatric intervews, managing study data, and maintaining quality assurance of study data.
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.
Conduct the informed consent procedure and establish participant’s smoking cessation treatment and treatment outcome evaluation schedules;
Conduct psychiatric diagnostic and other clinical interviews to determine participant eligibility;
Conduct baseline intake procedures including vitals and height/weight, paper and pencil assessments of smoking history, smoking behavior, and psychiatric status;
Scan participant data into Microsoft Access database and upload to NU site database stored on Preventive Medicine’s server. Maintain database and quality assurance protocol.
Assist with scheduling and performing mid-treatment and follow-up outcome assessment procedures and collection of participants’ study data, including smoking status verification and paper and pencil assessments of smoking behavior, psychological functioning, and medication usage and medication side effects.
Maintain compliance with Manual for Data Collection and Data Entry. Maintain patient study chart of Case Report Forms. Maintain adherence with clinical manuals for the two psychological interventions.
Conduct phone screens including describing and answering questions about study and study drug, and administering assessment for eligibility.
Maintain compliance with medication management procedures for study drug.
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.
May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
Monitors & distribute petty cash.
May train other research staff and/or interns/volunteers 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.)
Basic clinical interviewing experience.
Communicate effectively one-to-one and in small groups.
Plan, organize, and schedule in an efficient, productive manner.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, including Access.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and time management skills.
Ability to have flexible hours to accommodate participants’ schedules.
Previous work experience in a clinical research environment.
Previous experience conducting assessments of psychological functioning.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of or experience working with patients who have major depression.
Knowledge of tobacco and/or smoking cessation treatment, including vareniclien (Chantix) and other FDA-approved smoking cessation medications.
Superb attention to detail, planning and organizational skills.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
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.
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