The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is dedicated to fostering healthy brain function across the lifespan through early neurobehavioral and mental health assessment, innovative targeted interventions, informed policy-making, compassionate child-advocacy, and community education. The MIDBâ™s mission of basic and clinical research in the field of neurobehavioral development is supported by multiple Research Hubs and the multi-specialty MIDB Clinic.
The MIDB is seeking to hire a Research Project Specialist to provide project management and support to the research administration team. This role will require superior organizational, communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as some degree of clinical research experience. Within this role, you will work closely with the Director of the MIDB Service Hubs to oversee the MIDB Request for Service system, establish and maintain efficient processes and workflows, and assist with the development and execution of MIDB hub goals and long-term plans. You will have the opportunity to work with a host of talented individuals and cross-disciplinary teams and draw on new resources from the MIDB.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Research Support (60%)
Manage the day-to-day activities of the MIDB Research Administration Core.
Modify practices and procedures to improve efficiency and quality.
Participate in relevant planning processes and meetings in order to remain informed about and provide input on operational and strategic initiatives that affect the MIDB Research Service Hubs.
Independently and in collaboration with the Service Hub Director, review MIDB service requests, work with Hub leaders to determine scope of work and identify Hub resources required for research requests and develop appropriate cost estimates.
Apply subject matter knowledge, including research technologies, to ensure operational effectiveness.
Serve as liaison between MIDB researchers and Hubs and as a resource for researchers accessing MIDB Hub services.
Monitor the MIDB Request for Service system, support the intake and correspondences of all requests, assist investigators and research staff in navigation, coordinate meetings with MIDB Service Hub Director, Hub staff, investigators, and others on a regular basis to coordinate project responsibilities and review tasks.
Support the process of building relationships and partnerships with units across the University who share similar missions and goals, as a way of aligning and leveraging resources and identifying new ways to expand impact.
Support Hub project managers in determining effort for grants/projects, which will be included in researchers' grant/project budgets.
Work with the Service Hub Director to assign and monitor resources and workflow within MIDB services hubs.
Work effectively with and support the Service Hub Director to effectively deliver, track, and manage all Hub-related project data.
Prepare detailed protocols and other administrative materials to track Hub services; manage databases and other data elements to determine utilization of Hub services.
Develop and maintain, in partnership with OACA Finance and MIDB Research Admin, processes for tracking MIDB research Hub effort and communicating SOWs to MIDB accounting for payroll purposes.
MIDB Seed Grants - oversee the Hub budgeting and effort estimation process for seed grants, as part of supporting proposals and then supporting awarded projects.
Sustainability - support building tools/processes to help Hubs identify funding opportunities.
Project Management (30%)
Provide strategic planning guidance to emerging Hubs in order to support needs assessment, infrastructure creation and momentum maintenance to new MIDB hubs.
Summarize and identify action steps/to do items for project meetings along with necessary timelines.
Develop and implement comprehensive timelines and project plans, and identify resources to manage and meet deadlines.
Research Administration (10%)
Plan, guide, and draft SOPs of continuous improvement projects.
Support the Chief Scientific Officer and Directors as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS with at least 6 years of relevant experience or advance degree with 4 years of experience.
Experience with academic research practices and grant/protocol development including IRB processes and study design and implementation, project data collection and analysis.
Capable of working towards a holistic, higher-level vision, while implementing and overseeing day to day unit operations.
Leadership skills including project management, effective communication, problem solving, relationship building, and collaboration.
Ability to successfully lead teams and implement processes in a start-up environment that is often highly ambiguous.
Ability to articulate technical processes verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high level of self-motivation, and as part of a team and with changing priorities and quick deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to maintain deadlines and prioritize assignments.
Experience managing research teams and understanding of all aspects of the research process.
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple assignments and tasks while meeting deadlines.
Excellent organizational, time management, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Proficiency in methodologies used with developmental populations.
Experience with human-subjects related research projects.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.