Research Study Assistant performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. Completes 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).
The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease is a multi-departmental component of the Feinberg School of Medicine. We specialize in the clinical care and scientific study of neurological diseases that interfere with cognition and behavior. Areas of emphasis include age-related memory impairments and dementias. Our three interacting missions are to investigate the causes and clinical characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases, to ensure that our patients are the beneficiaries of the latest advances, and to explore the neural foundations of behavior and cognition in health and disease.
This position is within Dr. Emily Rogalski’s laboratory, which focuses on aging and dementia research including Alzheimer’s, primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia and SuperAging. This position will work in a collaborative environment to assist with the coordination, processing and analysis of MR and PET neuroimaging data as well as escorting research participants to acquire imaging scans. Other responsibilities include data entry, database maintenance, data extraction, cleaning & quality checking, and general lab responsibilities.
Proficiency in coding and statistical packages is required. Prior experience with neuroimaging software suites such as FreeSurfer, SPM, FSL and AFNI is preferred. Prior experience in human subjects research is preferred. To be considered for this position, please include a cover letter.
Processes MRI and PET data.
Obtains informed consent.
Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
Assists with database management.
Supports research lab activities by escorting participants to scans.
Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
Completes portions of grant applications &/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 &/or purchase requisitions.
Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors and clinical sites.
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 Northwestern's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent communication skills
Ability to multi-task and strong organizational skills
Experience with at least one scripting language (e.g., python, bash or MATLAB)
Relevant background in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Biology or related field.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience using FreeSurfer or other neuroimaging platforms (e.g. SPM, FSL, AFNI).
Experience with data analysis and data visualization using R, SPSS, Tableau or other statistical packages
Familiarity with REDCap
Experience in human subjects research
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: 40553
About Northwestern University
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