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 for a clinical research coordinator for the observational primary progressive aphasia research study in the laboratory of Dr. Emily Rogalski. Primary responsibilities include coordinating both the day-to-day and big picture aspects of the research program. This position leads subject recruitment initiatives, oversees standard operating procedures, and creates reports of study progress for faculty. In this position, the candidate will also administer and score neuropsychological tests and other related procedures according to standardized methods. Other responsibilities include scheduling participants, grant and manuscript preparation, IRB submissions, summarizing data, and other special projects for the principal investigator.
To be considered for this position, a cover letter must be included. Previous experience in clinical research is required, with demonstrated increases in responsibility over time. The ideal candidate has experience in psychometry, experience working with an aphasic or dementia population, and an interest in neuroscience or communication disorders.
Manages daily operations of a biomedical &/or social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors & other external project stakeholders. Monitors study performance, analyzes & review results, & supervises development & implementation of new protocols. Assigns work & supervises study staff & reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols & procedures are quality controlled & functioning up to standards. 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).
Leads execution & control of a biomedical &/or social science project or research study.
Manages and ensures completion of study activities per protocol. Collaborating with Principal Investigator (PI) ascertains pretreatment & eligibility requirements; interviews participants & obtains social & medical histories; based on results determines & registers participants with appropriate sponsors; completes informed consent; determines & organizes patient's test schedules.
Manages conduct of experimental tests & procedures.
Recruits participants and documents recruitment efforts
Manages project data including processing, accuracy, analysis & evaluation of data ensuring that results meet project information and deliverable objectives. Partners with internal/external project and IT staff to create, review, analyze, interpret, summarize and prepare progress & final reports.
Provides consultation to internal/external project staff on appropriate data management, methodological issues and analysis of data.
Manages project, collaborating and partnering with all internal/external staff including sponsoring agencies, organizations &/or other research &/or educational institutions to ensure project objectives and timelines are attained. Advises project staff on enhancements and changes to processes, practices, and procedures to ensure compliance with protocols and to increase effectiveness and efficiency of project.
Manages day-to-day project operational & business functions; implements existing policy & ensures the effective, compliant, & efficient completion of daily administrative operations.
Ensures appropriate and timely compliance with associated local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, & laws; & research protocols
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 2 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 1 year research study or other relevant experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years
Must obtain clearance to access Northwestern Memorial Hospital system (background check, health screen, drug screen, annual flu vaccination)
Neuropsychological test administration and scoring experience
Previous post-baccalaureate experience working in clinical research with increasing amount of responsibility over time
Masters degree in neuroscience, communication disorders, psychology, or related field
Experience working with older adults or a dementia population
Interest in neuroscience, aging, or dementia
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.
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