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; creating, implementing, monitoring, & updating project plans; facilitating meetings with appropriate parties; tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained; monitoring & reporting progress as appropriate; & resolving or escalating issues in a timely manner. May co-author 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).
This position is responsible for overseeing, organizing and implementing multiple clinical research trials conducted in the Center for Clinical Research (CCR) of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NU-CATS) Institute. This individual ensures appropriateness of patients, supervises data collection and reporting, patient management and ensures adherence to all regulatory requirements and sponsor protocols. In addition, this individual will act as a resource to research study patients, physicians and other clinic personnel.
Some travel required throughout the year to attend investigator meetings or other study conferences. These meetings are not typically held within the immediate Chicago metropolitan area.
Supervisor provides objectives and deadlines. Work is reviewed for fulfillment of objective and deadlines and overall compliance with policy and procedures. EE completes some activities without direction, informing supervisor only of potentially controversial matters, and/or far-reaching implications.
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. Collaborating with nursing staff and Principal Investigator (PI) ascertains pretreatment & eligibility requirements; interviews participants & obtains social & medical histories; based on results determines & registers participants with appropriate sponsors; completes informed consent; determines & organizes patient's treatment and test schedules.
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. Manages conduct of experimental tests & procedures. Closely monitors & documents patient's adverse events; partners with nursing staff in modifying dosages, tests & treatment schedule.
Reviews medical, laboratory, and other diagnostic data on study subject. Notifies principal investigator of any abnormal values or any significant changes in these values. Notifies and follows up with subjects as required.
Reviews any adverse events with assigned resource nurse and reports serious adverse events to principal investigator and sponsor in a timely manner. Follow up with subjects or subject family members in accordance with procedures.
Prepares for and completes close out procedures for terminated studies.
Perform blood draws, EKG’s and other study specific procedures as required.
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.
Following Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) at all times.
Manages project data including processing, accuracy, analysis & evaluation of data ensuring that results meet project information and deliverable objectives. Partners with internal/external project and IT staff to create, review, analyze, interpret, summarize and prepare progress & final reports.
Includes completing data entry into study established Electronic Data Capture systems.
Resolution of study queries
Provides consultation to internal/external project staff on appropriate data management, methodological issues and analysis of data.
May create &/or manage research study budget which may include deciding on & approving expenditures of funds based on budget.
Setup Research Accounts
Negotiates prices & specifications with vendors.
Reviewing of research medical bills from third-party vendors
Complete paperwork for processing of research subject payments and reimbursements
Ensures appropriate allocation & compliance.
May coordinate & participate in budgetary negotiations with industry sponsors.
Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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.
Ability to become certified as a study coordinator within two years of employment in the department.
A bachelor's degree in a social or health science + 5 years’ experience; or 7 years practical research study or related experience; or a master's degree in a social or health science + 3 years’ experience.
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.
Internal Number: 35038
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.