Department: Inst for Innovations in DevSci Salary/Grade: EXS/7
Manages all activities associated with 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).
This position entails project management across the multiple funded studies of the DevSci Institute directed by Dr. Laurie Wakschlag. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in innovative developmental science research that include large, transdisciplinary teams across institutions to move the dial on our current understanding of infant health and development.
The research of this program aims to examine the influence of targeted intervention both before (prenatally) and after birth on infant outcomes (including brain and behavior). The project manager will be involved in several large scale transdisciplinary projects. The projects have multiple collaborators such as Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. These longitudinal studies are funded by the National Institute of Health. Across all projects multiple state-of-the-art, developmentally-sensitive methods are used with interdisciplinary investigative teams that include expertise in clinical, developmental and quantitative psychology, developmental epidemiology, computer science, engineering, communication science and developmental cognitive neuroscience.
This Research Project Manager position requires a dynamic and highly motivated individual with a strong attention to detail who can also consider the big picture. Looking for a team player who prefers open and direct communication and is willing to take initiative and learn a variety of responsibilities. Individual needs to be comfortable with managing a multi-disciplinary team and can communicate with people form a variety of backgrounds, including investigators, research staff, and diverse child and parent participants. Flexibility, ability to think on your feet, and a capacity to lead energetically and by example are key. Flexibility in hours is required including evening and weekend hours, and may include off-site activities. Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback are essential. The manager will work closely with the investigative team in ensuring that studies achieve their objectives.
This is a one-year term position. Opportunity for renewal will be based on performance and available funding.
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.
Coordinates & participates in budgetary negotiations with industry sponsors.
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.)
Previous experience managing large studies.
Bachelor’s degree in psychology or related field or organizational management within a research context.
3-5 years research study experience.
Project Management Certification.
Experience managing human subjects research.
Experience managing teams of people with several direct reports.
Experience with data and database management.
Experience working with families and children in community-based programs or research.
Outstanding written and spoken communication skills in English. The role requires someone with a strong research and clinical background to help manage several projects.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Previous experience at a research institution or University
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: 37734
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