Manages all 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).
*Please note: Supervisor provides objectives and deadlines. Work is reviewed for fulfillment of objective and deadlines and overall compliance with policy and procedures. EE completes some activities without direction, informing supervisor only of potentially controversial matters, and/or far-reaching implications. Week night and week-end hours might be required.
Provides complex scientific & technical leadership in determining research priorities & the plan, design & execution of research projects ensuring that programs of investigation meet specified objectives.
Plans, develops & implements new processes & protocols to support research studies & maximize/extend study capabilities.
Oversees completion of study activities per protocol.
Ensures that study protocols are in compliance with appropriate rules & regulations & reviews study progress and recommends revisions, amendments, and/or other study changes as necessary to better meet needs of sponsors.
Invoices study sponsors for study tests/procedures.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & may supervise 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 5 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 3 years' research study or other relevant experience.
Supervisory or project management experience required.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Humility and the desire to learn;
Commitment to working hard under strict timelines while balancing multiple projects in the context of shifting priorities;
Ability to work in a professional manner as both a self-starter and a team member;
Knowledge of the scientific method
Excellent writing and oral communication and interpersonal skills
Experience with obtaining informed consent from study participants
Experience with data collection e.g., conducting surveys, semi-structured interviews, or focus groups
Experience with data entry
Strong proficiency with MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient, productive manner
Proactive work habits, anticipates contingencies, and pays attention to detail;
Ability and willingness to transcribe audio recorded interviews/discussions
Takes initiative to solve research problems
Ability and willingness to perform qualitative analysis (coding) and use a qualitative analysis software program
Targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time and/or resources;
Strong motivation to succeed as a member of our interdisciplinary research group
Employment experience in a research capacity
MPH or Master’s degree
At least 5 years of research experience in social or health sciences and in running multiple projects
Institutional Review Board preparation and submission experience
Grant writing experience
Experience with writing publications
Experience with recruiting and obtaining informed consent from research study participants
Experience collecting data from human subjects
Qualitative research and analysis experience
Experience with SPSS
Familiarity with chronic diseases
Experience with running a research project
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Excellent writing skills
Ability to write grants
Track record of co-authorship on publications
Survey research experience
Training in qualitative research methods
Qualitative research and analysis experience
Experience with writing data reports
Qualitative data analysis software experience (e.g., MAXQDA, NVIVO)
Interest in ethics, chronic illness management, health care policy, and transplantation
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: 36757
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.