Research Project Coordinator

Job Summary:

The Research Project Coordinator will work on “Cardiovascular Health Associations with Minority Stress: Biobehavioral Evaluations and Self-Reported Sociopsychological Outcomes by SOGI Status” or CHAMBERS. CHAMBERS is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study housed within the Department of Medical Social Sciences and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH).  Launched in 2020, CHAMBERS adds measures of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, stigma, and resilience to the Year 35 exam of the CARDIA cohort. The goal of CHAMBERS is to advance knowledge about cardiovascular disease risk factors and outcomes among sexual and gender minority populations. Additional information about CHAMBERS can be found here.

Project Description:

This position will be responsible for managing the day to day operations of the CHAMBERS project. The Research Project Coordinator will work closely with Research Assistant Professor Dr. Lauren Beach. Dr. Beach is core faculty within the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. They are also the Associate Director of the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program (EDIT) within ISGMH. EDIT, directed by Dr. Gregory Phillips II, attempts to foster a learning community to improve the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in Chicago and beyond. EDIT’s goals are to (1) be a local leader in the evaluation of interventions focused on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority individuals; (2) help community agencies build capacity to strategically plan and implement and evaluate innovative and culturally responsive programming that serves sexual and gender minority individuals through the provision of tailored technical assistance; (3) use a wide array of data sources to enhance understanding of health disparities of sexual and gender minority individuals at a local and national level; and (4) share best practices and lessons learned from program evaluation and research studies with policymakers, funders, and service providers to improve community response to serving sexual and gender minority individuals.

Job Activities:

The Research Project Coordinator (RPC) will manage daily operations of a biomedical and/or social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors and other external project stakeholders. The RPC will monitor study performance, analyze and review results, and supervise development and implementation of new protocols.  The RPC may assign work and supervise study staff and review technical operations to ensure that all processes, protocols and procedures are quality controlled and functioning up to standards. The RPC will develop, implement, and administer budgets, grant and administrative procedures.  The RPC may co-author scientific papers for presentation and publication and coordinate writing, submission and administration of grants.  The RPC will ensure that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all 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).

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Leads execution and control of a biomedical and/or social science project or research study.
  • Coordinates processing and analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests and procedures
  • Develops new and/or revised research methodologies.
  • Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.


  • Oversees and manages collection, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations and publications.
  • Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
  • Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, and preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress and final reports, etc.
  • Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
  • Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols are completed in a timely manner.


  • Manages study budget and inventory including purchasing of supplies and services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable and project related.
  • Distributes intra-departmental charges.


  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to and supervises research staff, students, residents and/or fellows.
  • Acts 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 3 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 and 1 year research study or other relevant experience.
  • Supervisory or project management experience required.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years

Minimum Competencies:

  • Ability to use Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Familiarity with administering surveys and survey based research studies.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience serving as a research assistant or research project coordinator in sexual and gender minority health research studies.
  • Familiarity with theoretical frameworks tied to health equity, such as intersectionality, minority stress theory, the socioecological model, and behavioral health models.
  • Prior experience leading or co-authoring scientific papers.
  • Ability to disseminate research findings to community audiences via white papers, social media posts, blog posts, and community-facing events.
  • Experience leading studies that captured survey data across multiple study locations using multiple survey modalities.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Ability to code in REDCap.
  • Ability to use R, SAS, STATA, or equivalent statistical software.
  • Ability to use EndNote.

To Apply: To apply for this position, navigate to and apply for job ID 39445.

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.