SMART Project Research Study Assistant #31377

The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports.  This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

  • Program Description: The Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities. It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski. The position is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
  • Project Description: SMART Project is a multi-tiered, national online HIV prevention study funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. It is an interactive and engaging intervention tailored to ethnically diverse adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM who are 13-18 years old). Its goals are to educate MSM participants on basic sexual health, teach positive sexual health decision-making through scenario and activity-based learning, and in some instances, use internet-mediated counseling to address individual participant health issues. SMART Program is currently being conducted as a multi-site randomized control trial by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago, Hunter College in New York City, University of Puerto Rico, and North Carolina State University.

Specific Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Creates and modifies intervention content.
  • Reviews and obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Scores test results.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Facilitates online and live focus groups with participants.
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow.

Administration

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols.
  • Helps the project director manage project timelines, deadlines, and milestones
  • Liaises with community-based organization partners and boards

Finance

  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Monitors and distribute petty cash.
  • Processes invoices and/or purchase requisitions.
  • Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors.

Supervision

  • May train other research staff to interview/test participants.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Strong project coordination skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Effective time management skills
  • Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
  • Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Experience working with LGBT youth.
  • Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.
  • Experience with quantitative and online research methods; focus groups as well.
  • Experience with internet media; blogging/social media; YouTube
  • Experience with project management; research management/administration

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
  • Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.

To apply: Applicants should navigate to http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/ and apply for job opening #31377.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

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.

ISGMH Diversity Statement: ISGMH’s commitment to diversity is critical to our mission of advancing access to excellence in academic programs, world-class research, and health programs. Engagement in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. Through its work, ISGMH advances the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ individuals. Staff and trainees should expect to find a diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities among ISGMH staff, trainees, research participants, and in outreach experiences. We highlight the importance of respecting and valuing this aspect of diversity among staff and trainees.