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Research Study Assistant, RADAR

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is seeking applicants for a Research Study Assistant on the RADAR project’s interviewing and retention/recruitment/scheduling teams.  This position performs biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating &/or processing responses; gathering information; performing rapid HIV testing and counseling; conducting outreach to support participant recruitment efforts; regularly engaging with study participants via email, phone, text, and social media platforms; & 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). 

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 foster understanding of the development and experience of SGM people. The institute 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. 

This position requires Saturday and evening hours. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted and 625 N. Michigan Ave. The Center is an LGBTQ community center located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, dedicated to enhancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of 

Chicagoland. 625 N. Michigan Ave. is home to the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH). Training will be conducted at the Center on Halsted with possibility for 625 N. Michigan Ave. to become permanent work location (TBD based on study needs). 

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. 

Please note: Saturday and evening hours will be required. This position will be based off campus, at the Center on Halsted and 625 N. Michigan Ave. (Permanent Location TBD). This position is NOT remote; requires full-time in person work. In accordance with NU policy, COVID-19 vaccination required.

Specific Responsibilities: 


  • Recruits study participants        . 
  • Reviews & obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants
  • Conducts interviews    . 
  • Collects survey data.   
  • Reviews medical records.          
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project
  • study flow.        


  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting &
  • entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research
  • Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current
  • Local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research 
  • protocols.       


  • May distribute petty cash.   
  • 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.   
  • 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 working with LGBTQ+/SGM/TGNC/gender-expansive individuals, specifically youth 
  • Must be comfortable discussing sex, sexual health, mental health, substance use, gender identity, sexuality, and HIV using a non-judgmental, strengths-based approach 
  • Familiarity with basic computer programs including Microsoft Excel/Word/Ppt, Adobe, Google 

Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience) 

  • 2+ years direct service experience working with clients/participants in clinical and/or other community setting 
  • HIV/STI pre-/post-test counseling and rapid test administration 
  • Phlebotomy certification preferred, but not required 

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities) 

  • Experience working with individuals living with and/or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS 
  • Experience working with people who use drugs 
  • Familiarity with Chicago-area social services and resources related to youth, health, housing 
  • Phlebotomy experience helpful but not required 
  • Experience using research database software including REDCap and Qualtrics 
  • Familiarity using social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and dating apps 

At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful, competitive, high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more! Visit us at to learn more.

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We support flexible work arrangements where possible and programs to help you locate and pay for quality, affordable childcare and senior/adult care. Visit us at to learn more.

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Target hiring range for this position will be between $16.55-$23.28 per hour. 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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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.

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