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Research Study Assistant, Teen Health Lab

Job Summary:

The Department of Medical Social Sciences is seeking applicants for a Research Study Assistant. This position will perform biomedical &/or social-behavioral research by administering tests &/or questionnaires following protocols; collect, compile, tabulate &/or process responses; gather information; &/or assist 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).   

This position is housed in the Department of Medical Social Sciences (MSS), a leader in advancing and applying outcomes/effectiveness research to improve patient care and influence policy. Our strong academic ties across the university and the medical school encourage comprehensive collaboration in disease management, prevention and control.  We intend to meet a growing need for expanded interdisciplinary scientific collaboration, to promote discovery of multidimensional mechanisms of health and disease, to improve adult and pediatric health status and outcome assessment, and to collaborate with partners in genetic, epidemiologic, biologic and behavioral translational research paradigms. While part of our work serves to reduce health disparities of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in research, we acknowledge that there is always room to grow. MSS is committed to creating a world of inclusion, health, and well-being for all. We hire the best people from a wide variety of backgrounds because drawing on their diverse perspectives and experiences will be the foundation of our department’s future success.

This role will be in the lab of Dr. Kathryn Macapagal, a faculty member at MSS who conducts research on sexual health and HIV prevention among sexual and gender minority (SGM) adolescents. Dr. Macapagal holds an affiliation with the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of SGM communities. This position will be based in MSS and will have ample opportunities to interface with ISGMH.

The RA will be expected to support these team members on the day-to-day technical and administrative aspects of two NIH-funded project (PI: Dr. Macapagal) focused on leveraging technology and social media for HIV prevention in SGM adolescents. The responsibility of the RA will encompass a wide range of tasks, including social media content creation, recruitment and retention efforts, and administrative support. The RA will assist with data analysis and preparing materials for meetings, presentations, and publications. Administrative and financial tasks include preparing IRB protocols, scheduling meetings, coordinating travel, and managing financial transactions including expense tracking/reimbursement, processing, participant payments and others as assigned. This position has regular hours that may need to be flexed to meet participant/stakeholder needs (i.e., some evening and weekend hours as needed.)

This is a 2-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:

  • This position has regular hours that may need to be flexed occasionally to accommodate participant/stakeholder needs (i.e., some evening and weekend hours as needed.) This position is located on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. In accordance with NU policy, COVID-19 vaccination required

Supervisor provides objectives, detailed deadlines and general instructions.  Work is reviewed for technical accuracy and compliance with instructions, practice, policy and procedures.  EE meets frequently with supervisor to obtain instructions regarding general phases of work and in some cases as to specific details.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Recruits study participants.
  • Reviews & obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Conducts interviews.
  • Scores test results.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Reviews medical records. 
  • Consults with study team to determine pretreatment & eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
  • 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 process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Monitors & distribute petty cash. 
  • Processes invoices &/or purchase requisitions.
  • Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors and clinical sites.


  • May train other research staff to interview/test participants.


Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in a social or health science + no experience or 2 years practical research study or related experience is required.
  • Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.

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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