Please note: This is a Part-time position, approx. 20 hours per week.
The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. This role ompletes 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).
As part of a randomized clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, we are delivering a smartphone intervention, LiveWell, for use by individuals with bipolar disorder. The application provides access to standard psychosocial lessons for the management of bipolar disorder and collects self-report data allowing immediate feedback to participants about their risk and symptom status via the phone. The system also provides updates to psychiatrists via email and a secure web portal.
The LiveWell system is embedded within a chronic care model that emphasizes patient self-management, increases patient-provider communication, and informs provider intervention. The project aims to increase the availability and effectiveness of psychosocial intervention to reduce symptoms and prevent relapse in bipolar patients.
The research study assistant will serve as the coach and study facilitator for enrolled participants.
- Schedules and conducts face-to-face application training visit with participants.
- Schedules and conducts telephone coaching calls to support application use.
- Responds to emails to support application use.
- Collects survey data.
- Collects participant data for personalization of application.
- Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
- Trains participants in use of smart phones and activity devices for data collection.
- Manages incoming data from smart phones and activity devices and works closely with study team to identify and troubleshoot performance problems.
- Manages inventory of study supplies, including tracking and setting up smart phones and activity devices for use by participants.
- Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; and/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
- Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
- Completes portions of grant applications and/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 and/or purchase requisitions.
- 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.
- Personable with excellent communication skills.
- Possesses strong organizational and time management skills.
- Highly capable of carefully maintaining records for large data sets.
- Consistently displays accuracy and excellent attention to detail.
- Highly dependable in performing duties and responsibilities.
- Prior experience working with clinical populations.
- Prior experience with REDCap.
- Prior experience with MatLab.
- A strong background and skills in psychology or another closely related field.
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.