Department: MED-Medical Social Sciences Salary/Grade: EXS/7
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.
The Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NU/FSM) is seeking strong applicants for a new Research Project Manager to assist with with the planning and conduct of research projects related to behavioral medicine and cancer control and survivorship. Currently, projects involve helping people manage pain, promoting better health and well-being after cancer treatment, and advancing measurement of patient outcomes in the context of clinical care. The Research Project Manager will work with the principal investigator, Dr. Christine Rini, to help ensure successful completion of various research projects, coordinating with collaborators at Northwestern and at other sites. These tasks include some participant recruitment and data collection. The successful candidate will also assist with administrative tasks and mentoring, training, and overseeing the work of junior coordinators. The ideal candidate will have experience working with multiple projects while ensuring tasks are completed on time; implementing approved study protocols with high fidelity; overseeing the work of more junior study team members to ensure planned activities are completed well and on time; identifying, recruiting, and retaining patients in behavioral research; and collecting data from research participants. This person will also assist with planning and implementing new processes and protocols, preparation of manuscripts and grants, and overseeing regulatory approvals. More generally, the position requires the capacity to work effectively within a study team, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong time management skills, detail orientation for thorough and accurate record keeping and reporting, and the ability to use good judgment in daily tasks.
Candidates must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social sciences, public health, or another relevant field (or equivalent combination of education and experience). Candidates must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application. This position is based in Chicago, IL, with good access to public transportation. It is dependent on the availability of grant funds. For more information, contact Christine Rini, PhD, at [email protected] Salary and benefits are highly competitive. To apply, email a resume or vita along with a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications to [email protected]
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.
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.)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work well independently, exercising good judgment
Prior experience working on NIH-funded, multi-site behavioral/psychosocial research studies
Prior experience working with research teams recruiting people undergoing medical treatment for cancer or other diseases
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Track record of meeting deadlines and following up with study team members to ensure planned activities are completed on time
Experience identifying, recruiting, and retaining patients in behavioral research and collecting data from them
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: 38029
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