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Research Project Manager, ISCI

Job Summary: 

Manages all activities associated with biomedical &/or social-behavioral research studies considered very complex by the inclusion of several of the following: multiple investigators, teams, sites, sub-contracts, participants, longitudinal assessments/ interventions; &/or multi-million dollar budgets. Ensures completion of contract requirements & client specifications.  Oversees day-to-day operations including identifying & securing needed resources.  Creates, implement, monitors & updates project plans.  Facilitates meetings with appropriate parties.  Tracks tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained.  Monitors & reports progress as appropriate.  Resolves &/or escalates issues in a timely manner. Co-authors scientific papers for presentation & publication & coordinates writing, submission & administration of grants.  Ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all 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 Project Manager will support implementation science initiatives for the HIV Implementation Science Coordination Initiative (ISCI). ISCI is the national coordinating and technical support center for the 99+ CFAR/ARC (Centers for AIDS Research/AIDS Research Centers) research-practice partnerships funded as part of the HHS Ending the HIV Epidemic plan. EHE recognizes that we have all the tools to end the epidemic in the U.S.; however, significant implementation challenges remain that prevent people from accessing these tools at the right time. The research aims of ISCI are to identify, collate, and disseminate shared measures and best practices related to implementation research frameworks, outcomes, determinants, and strategies in HIV. The service aims are to work with funded regional Hubs to provide training and support, resources, and expert consultation for academic researchers and practice-based partners on funded HIV projects around implementation science.

Candidates should have experience with project and personnel management for complex projects involving multiple investigators and institutions. Candidates should also have experience with using project management software, Microsoft Office 365, and basic computer programs.

This is a 1-year term position with the opportunity for renewal based on performance and funding availability. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter.

Specific Responsibilities:  


  • Provides complex scientific & technical leadership in determining research priorities & the plan, design & execution of research projects ensuring that programs of investigation meet specified objectives. 
  • Plans, develops & implements new processes & protocols to support research studies & maximize/extend study capabilities. 
  • Oversees completion of study activities per protocol. 
  • Ensures that study protocols are in compliance with appropriate rules & regulations & reviews study progress and recommends revisions, amendments, and/or other study changes as necessary to better meet needs of sponsors. 
  • Reviews scientific literature & evaluates & recommends applicable techniques & procedures.   


  • Analyzes, evaluates & interprets data to determine relevance to research. 
  • Assists PI in developing statistical methods & models to analyze & report data based upon study requirements. 
  • Prepares results & may co-author scientific papers for presentation & publication & disseminates information via seminars, lectures, etc. 
  • Creates data for use in grant submission & develop new proposals for research including obtaining financial support. 
  • Acts as liaison between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations &/or other research &/or educational institutions. 
  • Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.


  • May create &/or manage research study budget which may include deciding on & approving expenditures of funds based on budget.
  • Monitors accounts.
  • Negotiates prices & specifications with vendors.
  • Purchases supplies, materials, equipment & services.
  • Ensures appropriate allocation & compliance. 
  • Invoices study sponsors for study tests/procedures. 
  • Coordinates & participates in budgetary negotiations with industry sponsors.     


  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to & may supervise research staff, students, residents &/or fellows. 
  • Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications: (Education, experience, and any other certifications or clearances)

  • 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 5 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 3 years' research study or other relevant experience.
  • Supervisory or project management experience required.
  • Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.


Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Experience managing complex projects that involve multiple principal investigators, sites, institutions, and/or public health practice settings.
  • Experience supervising multiple staff
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365 and basic computer programs (e.g., Teams, Sharepoint, OneNote, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, Google, etc.)
  • Experience using project management software
  • Experience working with LGBTQ+ community.


Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)

  • Familiarity with implementation science concepts (e.g., models and frameworks, determinants, outcomes, strategies, study designs).
  • Familiarity with HIV prevention and care research 

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Target hiring range for this position will be between $61,242 - 86,121/yr.  Offered salary will be determined by the applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data.

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