The Research Coordinator will be part of the Mechanical Engineering Department's Robotics and Automation Laboratory. The person in this position will manage two projects: AI-based systems to empower neurodiverse population and Socially Assistive Robots for older adults. This position is responsible for all aspects of project management, help with data collection and report preparation, coordination of site activities as both these projects involve multiple sites and stakeholder partners, organizing team meetings and recording minutes, communicating with the funding organizations, help with subject recruitment, and ensuring that all activities are conducted in accordance with Vanderbilt and IRB protocol.
This position requires strong collaboration, communication, and organizational skills. The position will contribute to research and development working closely with highly motivated and talented engineering students, scientific researchers, clinicians, patients and other end-users and stakeholders. The position will collaborate frequently with an interdisciplinary team, and will be involved in everything from brainstorming, invention and concept creation to development, fabrication, testing and documentation. The initial term for this position will be for one year and may be renewable at the end of the term subject to good performance and availability of funding.
The Mechanical Engineering department provides a broad-based engineering education with opportunities for students to elect courses in areas of study related to any industry and, with careful planning achieve some specialization. The Mechanical Engineering program prepares an individual to become a practicing engineer who can participate fully in the engineering activities of design, building, operation, production, maintenance, safety, marketing, sales, research, and administration. Numerous research projects allow faculty and students to collaborate in areas of combustion and propulsion, robotic surgery, powered prosthetics, nanotechnology, thermal fluids, and medical devices.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinates research activities, meetings, and events involving project teams, partners, and stakeholders
Identifies and assesses eligibility of human subject recruitment
Recruits, interviews, and enrolls human subjects
Ensures all IRB policies and procedures are followed with all aspects of the project
Maintains all IRB correspondence with regard to the project; included but not limited to sites, participants, labs, etc.
Obtains informed consent from participants
Participates in the collection, coordination, and analysis of research data
Prepare timely reports for sponsors
Organizes and participates in research team meetings, stakeholders meetings, and events
Enters all data into REDCap.
Internal Number: 2000865
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