Research Project Coordinator
Northwestern University - Chicago, IL

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The Research Project Coordinator manages daily operations of a biomedical and social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors and other external project stakeholders. This position monitors study performance, analyzes and review results, and supervises development and implementation of new protocols. The Research Project Coordinator 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. This position develops implements and administers budgets, grant and administrative procedures. The Research Project Coordinator 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).

This is a 5 year term appointment.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Leads execution and control of a biomedical and social science project or research study;
  • Coordinates processing and analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests and procedures;
  • Interacts with 50 centers to assist with coordination of multicenter research initiatives and advise on IRB submissions;
  • Tracks IRB compliance at all centers;
  • Writes and amends research protocols that incorporate research goals for multicenter studies and submit for IRB approval;
  • 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 other research and 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;
  • Collects research and clinical information from NPC centers for a national research and data repository;
  • Enters and maintains research and clinical data in study database;
  • Documents research information accurately and thoroughly;
  • Coordinates activities of the central organization with NPC centers through frequent website updates and email correspondence, including blog posts and newsletters;
  • Coordinates and plans educational programs including virtual symposia, videoconferences, and in-person meetings;
  • Drafts communication, including sensitive material, for sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations, and other research and educational institutions;
  • Manages receipt of invoices from sites for tissue processing and tracks outgoing payments;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in a social or health science plus 3 years’ experience; or 5 years’ practical research study or related experience; or a master's degree in a social or health science plus 1 year of experience; or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Supervisory or project management experience;
  • Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in social or health science, or public health, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Training in qualitative and quantitative research methods including data collection and management;
  • Previous clinical research experience including writing research protocols, consents and IRB submissions;
  • Experience writing for blogs, web pages, and newsletters preferably for health, science, and/or public policy.
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
Date Posted: 4/30/2013

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