The Research Project Coordinator manages daily operations of a biomedical and/or social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors and other external project stakeholders. This role monitors study performance, analyzes and review results, and supervises development and implementation of new protocols. This position assigns work and supervises study staff and reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols and procedures are quality controlled and functioning up to standards. The Research Project Coordinator develops implements and administers budgets, grant and administrative procedures. May co-author scientific papers for presentation and publication and coordinates writing, submission and administration of grants. This position ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
- Program Description: The Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH; http://www.isgmh.northwestern.edu) is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities. It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski. The position is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
- Project Description: The Adolescent Scientific Access Project (ASAP) is a four-year mixed-methods internet-based project of ethical issues in sexual health and HIV prevention research among LGBT minor adolescents. ASAP aims to generate empirical data about actual and perceived barriers to sexual health and HIV study participation throughout the research process, from advertising and recruitment, to informed consent and enrollment, study design, and post-trial access to HIV prevention services and care. This project will recruit approximately 1000 participants over the remaining phases of the project – a nationally administered survey examining adolescent attitudes toward a variety of ethics-relevant issues as mentioned above, and an online tool to assess informed consent preparedness.
- Leads execution and control of a biomedical and/or social science project or research study.
- Coordinates processing and analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests and procedures
- Develops new and/or revised research methodologies.
- Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
- Ascertains pretreatment and eligibility requirements.
- Obtains informed consent.
- Registers participant with appropriate sponsor.
- Interviews and obtains medical and social histories.
- Administers, schedules and/or scores tests.
- Oversees and manages collection, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations and publications.
- Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
- Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, and preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress and final reports, etc.
- Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
- Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
- Manages lab/study budget and inventory including purchasing of supplies and services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable and project related.
- Orders and maintains inventory of study supplies.
- Distributes intra-departmental charges.
- Processes and coordinates with inter-departmental agencies to ensure subject payments are delivered and received in a timely fashion.
- Trains, directs, assigns duties to and supervises research staff, students, residents and/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 3 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 1 year research study or other relevant experience.
- Supervisory or project management experience required.
- Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
- Experience working within academic and/or research institutions.
- Familiarity with the scientific method.
- Prior experience managing budgets.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
- Experience working in public health and/or medical research
- Experience working on Internet-based research studies
- Experiencing supervising research assistants and interns.
- Experience working with LGBTQ and/or marginalized populations.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
- Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
- Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication, including willingness to ask questions when clarification or amplification is required.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate online qualitative focus groups or phone interviews.
- Good time management skills; efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
- Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, good follow-through; ability to work without supervision.
- Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
- Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
- Ability to work in a team environment.
- Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.
- Ability to write scientifically for dissemination of findings.
- Experience with qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis.
- Familiarity with data management software, including REDCap.
- Knowledge of LGBTQ issues.
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.