University of Virginia - Fairfax County, VA

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The Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences is seeking candidates for a Research Project Coordinator. This position is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations for a DMV grant and is based in Fairfax, VA but will require occasional travel to Charlottesville, VA. This research endeavor is designed to determine whether simulation testing can replace on-road testing in determining competence to drive. The incumbent is responsible for recruiting and screening research study participants, obtaining consent documentation, and conducting participant orientation for the research project. This position involves operating, trouble shooting, and running human subjects on a virtual reality driving simulator. Incumbent manages the collecting and tracking of research data, maintaining database for multi-site project, ensures study compliance with IRB and other federal agencies' protocols, purchases support materials for research project, and supervises student research assistants. On occasion, this individual will act as a liaison between the Principal Investigator and the simulator development group in California. In addition, the Research Project Coordinator performs hardware and software updates and maintains consistent presentation between sites. This position is grant funded with continued employment contingent upon funding.

Position requires Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of one year of experience in a research setting. Must have ability to independently resolve problems, strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, working knowledge of research ethics and protocols, competency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access). Due to the nature of this position, the incumbent must have access to personal transportation.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to independently resolve problems and work accurately with attention to detail.

2. Effective written and verbal communication skills.

3. Ability to collect data or samples and working knowledge of the theory and application of the science and instrumentation related to the trial.

4. Ability to plan and execute tasks or trials.

5. Ability to modify and develop trial procedures.

6. Ability to accurately report findings.

7. Ability to train others and direct their work.

8. Working knowledge of research ethics and protocols.

9. Knowledge of or ability to operate virtual reality software and simulator.

10. Ability to install hardware and software and make updates as needed.

11. Ability to have access to personal transportation due to the location of this position.

Required Education:
Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent

Required Experience:
Some - up to 4 years

Kind of Required Experience:
A minimum of one year of experience in a clinical or a research setting.

Required Degree/Training:
Psychology or related field.

Required License or Certification:
Required Computer Applications:
Competency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Access) including data entry, querying, report preparation, and minor modifications of existing database.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Preferred Education:
Not a Requirement

Preferred Experience:
Kind of Preferred Experience:
Preferred Degree/Training:
Preferred License or Certification:
Preferred Computer Applications:
MS Access - Expert level, with knowledge of development of new databases. Simulator scenario type software.

Special Requirements

It is the practice of the University of Virginia to conduct in-depth background checks on all candidates identified as a finalist for employment consideration at the University. The type of background checks performed are dependent upon the type of position for which you have been identified as a finalist and may include: reference checks, criminal history including sexual offender registry checks, degree validation, DMV (driving) Record checks, license verification, credit report reviews, etc. The results of background checks are made available to University employing officials. You will be requested to sign a reference release form, so your past schools and/or employers may be contacted concerning your academic or employment history.

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