Clinical Research Associate

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is seeking applicants for a Clinical Research Associate position to serve as the Project Director for a longitudinal study of young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and trans women who are 16 to 29 years old. Experience with HIV and the LGBTQ community is highly desired. Experience with mental health assessments and appropriate follow-up is desired.

Preferred qualifications include experience with conducting study visits, ability to manage complex teams across multiple sites, ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance, flexibility in implementing and adapting to new procedures and study environments, experience with HIV testing and counseling and knowledge of HIV risk behavior, biomedical treatment and prevention of HIV infection, management of biospecimen repositories, supervision of lab managers and staff, knowledge of infectious diseases, and safety around handling and shipping of biospecimens.

This position requires abilities to prioritize tasks, effective time management skills, efficiency and resourcefulness in problem solving, attention to detail in adherence to study procedures, good communication skills, demonstrated ability to take ownership of work, and possessing initiative and good follow-through. The Clinical Research Associate may co-author presentations and publications and coordinates the writing, submission, and administration of manuscripts and grants. The Clinical Research Associate also ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP); all current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and guidance; and policies and procedures developed by the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Job responsibilities include project management and supervision of research coordinators and other project staff, conducting performance reviews, implementing changes to the protocol and data/specimen collection procedures, monitoring study activities on a daily basis, assuring study protocols are in compliance with appropriate rules and regulations, creating and submitting IRB modifications, creating reports for meetings with the Principal Investigator and co-investigators to monitor recruitment and retention, creating agendas and leading/facilitating project team meetings, supervising purchasing for study supplies and equipment, ensuring appropriate allocation and compliance with federally-sponsored protocol regulations, and ensuring invoices for study tests/procedure are appropriate and accurate. The Clinical Research Associate is also responsible for training and supervising new project staff with the assistance of research coordinators, as well as for completing Northwestern University’s IRB CITI training and certification (recertification required every 3 years).

The Clinical Research Associate is expected to work some evening hours (e.g., 11 AM – 7 PM) and weekend shifts to maximize retention efforts for study participants who are unavailable during the regular workday. The schedule will be determined in conversation with the supervisor and will be a recurring bi-weekly schedule. Occasionally, there may be interview requests on a case-by-case basis that may deviate from the regular bi-weekly schedule. This position will be based off campus, at Center on Halsted. Some travel to downtown locations will be required.

Applicants are required to have an MA, MS, RN, or other advanced degree in an appropriate field of study such as Psychology, Health Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Public Health, or other related fields. Preferred qualifications include 5 to 10 years of research study or other relevant project management experience.

This position will be supervised by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Brian Mustanski. Funding for this position is expected to begin April 1, 2020.

Project Description: RADAR is a longitudinal study of 16 to 29+ year olds, which will be renewed (pending NGA), for an additional 5 years of data collection. The overall goal of the RADAR study is to identify and understand the connections among sexually transmitted infections (like HIV), drug and alcohol use, and romantic or sexual relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM), trans women, and gender non-conforming and non-binary individuals. This study examines drivers of new HIV infections at multiple levels – the genetics of the virus, effects of medications, individual behavior, sexual partner and relationship characteristics, networks, and neighborhood factors. A total of 1,138 participants have been enrolled into this study over the past 6 years. We will be adding a new cohort of 16 to 20 year olds in the 5-year renewal. More information on the RADAR study can be found here.

ISGMH: The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University was created in 2015 to be a leader in research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority (SGM) community and fosters an understanding of the development and experiences of SGM people. ISGMH provides unique opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars, and it utilizes innovative modalities to disseminate knowledge widely to the SGM community, the public at large, scholars, service providers, educators, and policymakers.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and the names of two references to Ro Truong at

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. 

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.