Research Study Assistant

Job Summary

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is seeking applicants for a Research Study Assistant.

Performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; &/or assisting 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 Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

The Research Study Assistant will work on the RADAR Project, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study within ISGMH.  Launched in 2014, the study aims to provide critical insights into risk and protective factors for HIV and drug use and to identify facilitators and barriers to the implementation of an effective strategy to end the HIV epidemic.  Specifically, RADAR seeks to understand the connections between sexually transmitted infections (STIs), substance use, and romantic relationship patterns over time among young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and transgender women. Additional information on the RADAR project can be found at:

Saturday and evening hours will be required. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted.

This is a term appointment ending on 1/31/2025. Opportunity for renewal will be based on performance and available funding.

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

Minimum Competencies

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

Preferred Competencies

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance.
  • Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
  • Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve performance.
  • HIV pre/post-test counseling and training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous work experience involving direct interaction with participants or clients.
  • Previous experience with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning) community and/or LGBTQ youth preferred.
  • Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.

How To Apply

External candidates can apply via Northwestern’s career site at (search for Job ID 38989).

Current employees must submit an online application for consideration. For specific questions about this position, current employees may contact Eric Noll 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.

The logo for the RADAR Project, which features several nodes connected to each other above the word "RADAR".