Department: DevSci - Inst for Innov 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 of a smartphone app intervention across 3 Chicago-area neonatal intensive care units (NICU). This is a unique opportunity to be involved in innovative technology, mHealth, and pediatric/neonatal research that include testing this intervention across a diverse population of parents in 3 NICUs in order to better understand how to support parents of premature infants.
The research of this project will use a quasi-experimental design to test controls against an app intervention in each of the NICUs with a focus on addressing health disparities, supporting parents and reducing readmissions. Validated study measures will be used longitudinally from admission to the NICU through discharge to home and 30 days follow up of mothers and fathers. The highly functioning interdisciplinary investigative team includes expertise in pediatrics, neonatology, nursing, engineering, communication and design. Project requires close collaboration with technology development team responsible for app and server development, EPIC medical record integration (NU IT team), and NICU staffs at three hospitals as well as an on-site NU clinical coordinator.
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 while maintaining deadlines and outcomes across the various institutions. 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 individuals and teams and can communicate with people form a variety of backgrounds, including investigators, research staff, and parent participants. An aptitude and desire to work with the parents and families, especially parents of premature infants, is important. Flexibility, ability to think on your feet, and a capacity to lead energetically and by example are key. Site visits will be necessary; evening and weekend hours are rare. 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 with opportunity for renewal 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 comply 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 students, residents &/or fellows.
Acts as a mentor in regards 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.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Bachelor’s degree in social, biological sciences 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: 38322
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