Keep It Up! 3.0 Research Study Coordinator

The Research Study Coordinator coordinates collection, analysis, processing & reporting of data & assists Principal Investigator (PI) in judging the validity of test data obtained in regard to biomedical &/or social-behavioral research study(ies) of limited complexity involving co-investigators, multiple campuses &/or  universities.  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 Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Program Description: ISGMH 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: Keep It Up! 3.0 (KIU! 3.0) is an implementation-effectiveness trial to evaluate and compare the implementation of an online HIV prevention intervention for young men who have sex with men (YMSM) through Community Based Organizations (CBOs) versus a direct to consumer (DTC) strategy. The trial will run in 50 counties across the nation. Outcomes will be collected at the level of the YMSM participant (demographics, risk behaviors over time, STIs at baseline and 12 months, engagement with intervention); the technology center (cost for development, support, updating); and the CBO level (cost for delivery, characteristics that explain variability in implementation success). The goal of the study is to determine which strategy, and under what circumstances, KIU! 3.0 works best.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Participates in the planning & conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention.
  • Obtains informed consent
  • Administers tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
  • Gathers information.


  • Collects, records, reviews & summarizes research data.
  • Prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on recruitment status and other pertinent study data.
  • Completes documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.


  • May process payments for research participants per study protocol.
  • Coordinates reimbursements for expert panel travel, consultant pay, additional gift card orders, etc. & ensure costs remain within allotted grant budget.


  • May act as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.

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 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.
  • Must complete Northwestern’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & 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:

  • Experience working with YMSM, LGBT youth, and/or the LGBTQ community.
  • Experience with recruiting adolescent research participants.
  • Experience with social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, dating apps, etc.).
  • Visual and creative design skills.
  • Experience with Internet-based research.
  • Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ health issues and/or HIV/STI prevention and/or treatment.

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: To apply for this position, navigate to and apply for job ID 34907.

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.