Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: Med-ISGMH Salary/Grade: EXS/5
Manages daily operational activities associated with biomedical &/or social-behavioral research studies considered very complex by the inclusion of several of the following: multiple investigators, teams, sites, sub-contracts, participants, longitudinal assessments/ interventions; &/or multi-million-dollar budgets. Ensures completion of contract requirements & client specifications. Oversees day-to-day operations including identifying & securing needed resources; creating, implementing, monitoring, & updating project plans; facilitating meetings with appropriate parties; tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained; monitoring & reporting progress as appropriate; & resolving or escalating issues in a timely manner. May co-author scientific papers for presentation & publication & coordinates writing, submission & administration of grants. Ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all 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).
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 Research Project Manager will work on the RADAR Project, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study within ISGMH. Launched in 2014, the study aims to provide critical insights into risk and protective factors for HIV and drug use and to identify facilitators and barriers to the implementation of an effective strategy to end the HIV epidemic. Specifically, RADAR seeks to understand the connections between sexually transmitted infections (STIs), substance use, and romantic relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender women. Additional information on the RADAR project can be found at: https://isgmh.northwestern.edu/radarproject/.
Saturday and evening hours will be required. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted.
Please note: This is a term appointment ending on 1/31/2025. Opportunity for renewal will be based on performance and available funding.
Leads execution & control of a biomedical &/or social science project or research study.
Coordinates processing & analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests & procedures.
Develops new &/or revised research methodologies.
Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
Conduct study visits with research participants which includes but not limited to administering interviews, HIV pre/post-test counseling and performing blood draws.
Oversees & manages collection, maintenance, analysis & evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations & publications.
Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, & preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress & final reports, etc.
Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations &/or other research &/or educational institutions.
Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
Manages lab/study budget & inventory including purchasing of supplies & services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable & project related.
Orders & maintains inventory of study supplies.
Distributes intra-departmental charges.
Negotiates with vendors, obtain quotes & arrange for demos of large equipment.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & may supervise research assistants, lab EEs, students, residents &/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.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to interact with participants of diverse backgrounds.
Excellent communication skills with effective spoken and written communication.
Strong coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
Effective time management skills.
Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.
Previous work experience involving direct interaction with participants or clients.
Previous experience with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) community and/or LGBTQ youth preferred.
Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.
Experience with phlebotomy.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Ability to work in a team environment.
Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve performance.
HIV pre/post-test counseling and training.
Ability to draw blood.
Experience/knowledge of IRB processes including modifications and clarifications of protocols.
Experience organizing and leading small- and medium-sized research staff groups.
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.
Internal Number: 40159
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