The Research Study Assistant performs biomedical and/or social-behavioral research by administering tests and/or questionnaires following protocols; collecting, compiling, tabulating and/or processing responses; gathering information; and/or assisting in the preparation of material for inclusion in reports. This role completes all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all relevant 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).
- Program Description: The Northwestern University Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH; http://www.isgmh.northwestern.edu) is a university-wide institute dedicated to fostering research that improves the health and wellbeing of the sexual and gender minority communities It currently has multiple NIH- and foundation-funded studies and actively collaborates with community-based organizations to conduct research and translate findings into interventions. It is directed by Dr. Brian Mustanski. The position is based in the Department of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
- Project Descriptions: 2GETHER: We are evaluating a relationship education program for young same-sex male couples, called 2GETHER. 2GETHER is a four session program that aims to help young couples improve their relationship functioning and sexual health in order to reduce HIV transmission. This project will recruit approximately 200 same-sex male couples who will be randomly assigned to receive either the 2GETHER program or an alternative health promotion program (i.e., a positive emotion enhancement program and couples-based HIV testing and counseling).
- FAB 400: FAB 400 is a collaborative study between Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati that seeks to understand relationship dynamics and personal development among young LGBTQ people assigned female at birth (AFAB) in Chicago. FAB 400 is a five-year longitudinal study that will allow us to analyze how relationships form, change, and vary over time and how these relationships are impacted by internal and external factors. We are actively recruiting 500 new participants ages 16-20, and retaining a prior cohort of participants from a former study who are now in their late 20’s.
- Recruits study participants.
- Reviews and obtains informed consent.
- Schedules study visits with participants.
- Conducts interviews.
- Scores test results.
- Collects survey data.
- Reviews medical records.
- Consults with nurses and physicians to determine pretreatment and eligibility requirements of protocol from completion to registration of participants.
- Facilitates communication with key personnel and participants to maintain project study flow.
- Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting and entering data; and/or preparing basic charts and graphs.
- Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
- Completes portions of grant applications and/or documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols.
- May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
- Monitors and distribute petty cash.
- Processes invoices and/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.
- 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 and must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
- Effective time management skills
- Efficient and resourceful in problem-solving.
- Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to adhere to instructions/procedures.
- Good communication skills; demonstrated effective spoken and written communication.
- Demonstrated ability to take ownership of the work, possessing initiative, and good follow-through.
- Knowledge of basic computer skills, familiarity with Windows environment.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
- Experience working with LGBT people and/or youth.
- Experience working with people living with HIV.
- Experience facilitating group, individual, or couple’s interventions.
- Experience working in public health, psychology, and/or medical research.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
- Ability to work in a team environment
- Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance
- Ability to receive and benefit from feedback; willingness to expand skill set and improve.
- Flexibility in adapting to new procedures and environments.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
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.