RADAR Data Research Study Assistant

Shariell Crosby from the Data Management Core presents at the 2017 National LGTBTQ Health Conference.

Shariell Crosby from the Data Management Core presents at the 2017 National LGTBTQ Health Conference.

Job Summary: Performs research assistance around data collection and data management tasks across the RADAR Project, with a focus on monitoring network data integrity, managing results of biomedical and laboratory tests, medical records data extraction, and psychosocial/interview data. Assists in the development of study SOP’s and study manuals. Facilitates training in and communication of study protocols to interviewers. Performs data entry and data cleaning activities. Assists in tasks related to research dissemination as necessary.

Performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols.  Collects, compiles, tabulates and/or processes responses; gathers information.  Assists in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports.  Completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all relevant 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

Program Description: The IMPACT Program conducts research on LGBT Health and Development. The program combines NIH and foundation-funded studies, and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct translational research in interventions targeted at preventing HIV/STI infections, health, and improving relationships in YMSM.  The program is directed by Brian Mustanski, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is operated in conjunction with the Center on Halsted.

Project Description: RADAR, a NIH/NIDA-funded study, will build a dynamic dyadic-network cohort of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) by hybridizing existing cohorts of YMSM and enrolling their romantic partners into the study. The goal of this project is to apply a “next generation” multilevel model to understand the syndemic of health problems among a large cohort of YMSM (age 16-29) and inform “high-impact” HIV prevention with this vulnerable population. Multiple longitudinal observations of biological, individual, dyadic, and network data will be collected and analyzed.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.
  • Monitor data quality.
  • Create, modify, and implement data collection and processing protocols.


  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; and/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.


  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Processes invoices and/or purchase requisitions.


  • 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 Northwestern’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.

Minimum Competencies:

  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Able to communicate effectively with a variety of team members including investigators, research coordinators, and other research assistants.
  • Able to create and provide detailed and concise reports to faculty/staff on progress of assigned duties.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with network science research or data
  • Experience with LGBT health and HIV-related behaviors.
  • Experience with racial and ethnic minority health issues.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Skills in database or statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, STATA or SPSS)

To apply: Applicants should navigate to http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/ and apply for job opening #31793.

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.

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