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 Research Study Coordinator

Job Summary:

Coordinates collection, analysis, processing & reporting of data & assists Principal Investigator (PI) in judging the validity of test data obtained in regard to biomedical &/or social-behavioral research study(ies) of limited complexity involving co-investigators, multiple campuses &/or  universities.  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).

Specific Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Participates in the planning & conduct of research study including participant recruitment and retention.
  • Obtains informed consent
  • Administers tests &/or questionnaires following protocols.
  • Develops and manages databases for tracking and reporting relevant study date
  • Gathers information. 
  • Extracts & analyzes data from medical charts. 
  • Ensure all studies meet IRB and data security requirements

Administration

  • Collects, records, reviews & summarizes research data.
  • Collates relevant mathematical results & prepares tables, charts & graphs reflecting relationships of multiple tests.  
  • Prepares reports for investigators and sponsors on recruitment status and other pertinent study data.
  • Writes portions of grant applications & co-author scientific papers. 
  • Completes documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.

Finance

  • May process payments for research participants per study protocol. 
  • Coordinates reimbursements for expert panel travel, consultant pay, additional gift card orders, etc. & ensure costs remain within allotted grant budget. 

Supervision

  • May provide work direction &/or train other research staff to interview/test participants.
  • May act as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 2 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.
  • Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.

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

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant background in Biology, cardiovascular disease, imaging modalities.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Action oriented - Willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation.
  • Coachability - Receptive to feedback, willing to learn, embracing continuous improvement.
  • Collaboration - Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team.
  • Collegiality - Helpful, respectful, approachable; builds strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Initiative - Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.
  • Meets deadlines - Displays consistency and success in adhering to deadlines.
  • Multi-tasking - Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Organization - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail. 
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 Research Technologist 2 (Job ID: 45772)

Job Summary  

Conducts experimental research lab work and/or assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s).  May complete mathematical calculations, and/or computer tasks and/or assist in judging validity of data.  Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices.

Responsibilities

  • Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
  • Analyzes and troubleshoots protocols and data obtained from individual experiments and recommends alternatives and suggestions to improve processes, validity and/or accuracy.

Administration

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
  • Manipulates, interprets &/or presents results.

Finance

  • Orders &/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice &/or lab supplies.

Supervises

  • Trains students.

Other

  • Performs health monitoring for post-operative laboratory animals
  • Performs minor surgeries and assists other qualified individuals with surgical procedures
  • Prepares sterile instrument packs and prepares surgical suite animals for aseptic surgery.
  • Administers anesthetic agents, intravenous fluids and monitors anesthesia and post-surgical recovery.
  • Acquires controlled and non-controlled drugs, and supplies from the CCM pharmacy.
  • Performs periodic inventories of drugs, supplies, assay kits and instruments.
  • Prepares and submits specimens (blood, tissue, feces) to CCM for testing at diagnostic laboratories
  • Trains other laboratory personnel and interns in technical procedures such as intravenous injections, blood collection, intubation, catheterization, etc.
  • Trains other laboratory personnel and interns in proper animal restraint, barrier technique and asepsis.
  • Trains laboratory personnel and interns in technical procedures such as intravenous injections, blood collection, intubation, catheterization, etc.
  • Remains current with all regulations pertaining to laboratory animals including the Guide, Animal Welfare Act, etc.
  • Maintains technical familiarity with a wide range of experimental procedures for a variety of laboratory animal species.
  • Participates in various staff meetings, staff training and continuing professional education.
  • Becomes familiar with relevant Animal Study Protocols and meets with investigators and laboratory personnel to discuss research needs and animal health concerns.
  • Trains to become proficient in writing and amending IACUC study protocols.
  • Works with a fluoroscopic imaging unit. May handle radioactive materials.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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 scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.   

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 year experience as a veterinary assistant or veterinary technician in a veterinary medical facility
  • Successful completion of a college level curriculum in veterinary technology requiring a minimum of two years of full time academic study in a program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association or completion of a 4 year degree in animal science, biology, veterinary science, zoology or related field.

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 Research Technologist 2

Job Summary:

Conducts experimental research lab work and/or assists in design of one or more specific phase(s) of entire project(s).  May complete mathematical calculations, and/or computer tasks and/or assist in judging validity of data.  Follows appropriate protocols, policies, procedures, regulations, Good Clinical and Good Laboratory Practices.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Following protocols, designs, sets-up and conducts basic experiments.
  • Analyzes and troubleshoots protocols and data obtained from individual experiments and recommends alternatives and suggestions to improve processes, validity and/or accuracy.
  • Using a fully functioning level of skill, completes the following activities:
    • Immunology:
      • Flow cytometry
      • ELISA, Elispot assay
      • Cytokine assay
      • Antibody production and purification
    • Animal:
      • Husbandry
      • Breeding and screening transgenic mice
      • Transport/Screening
      • Dissections
      • Blood collection
      • Surgical procedures

Administration

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data.
  • Manipulates, interprets &/or presents results.
  • Prepares charts & graphs for presentations & publications. 
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications, manuscripts & publications.

Finance

  • Tracks & summarizes lab supply expenses.
  • Verifies accuracy of invoices. 
  • Orders &/or maintains inventory of reagent, mice &/or lab supplies.

Supervises

  • Trains students.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.  

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

  • Demonstrated laboratory experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to follow detailed instructions as required by research protocols;
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including spreadsheets and basic computations;
  • Attention to detail and accurate record keeping;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
  • Manual dexterity.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Animal (Husbandry, Dissections, Blood collection, Surgical procedures, Database management of colony)
  • Support Lab operation (ordering/safety)

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 MRI Technician

Job Summary:

MRI Technician manages daily operations of MRI scanners.  Responsible for all aspects related to MRI scanning including scheduling studies, performing scans, archiving studies, post-processing of images and archiving and maintaining imaging data, and billing of scanner usage. 

Please note: This position would primarily be M-F, with the potential for 1 Saturday every 3 months (4 total per year)

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Manages daily operations of MRI scanners.  Responsible for all aspects related to MRI safety and MRI scanning including scheduling studies, performing scans, archiving studies, post-processing of images and archiving and maintaining imaging data, and billing of scanner usage.  MRI technologist will train research personnel on scanner use, setup, and cleanup. MR safety training will be provided by MR technician. Observing operations of people in the imaging center and those with credentials to scan on their own is part of the position to maintain safety and the best quality data.

Administration

  • Oversees and manages collection, maintenance, analysis and evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations and publications. 
  • Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
  • Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, and preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress and final reports, etc.
  • Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaboration organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions. 
  • Ensures research regulations are adhered to, ACUC approvals in place, material transfer agreements properly executed, and that radiation and lab safety requirements are up to date and implemented.
  • Point of contact for starting new studies, scheduling scanning time, establishing scanning protocols, and resolving facility issues and safety issues
  • Coordinate equipment maintenance and repair and facility cleaning
  • Compile information for CTI leadership

Supervision

  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to & supervises other staff and students
  • Provides instruction to lab users on technically complex procedures, equipment & instruments.  Train and certify users for independent human and phantom MR scanning.  Train users on facility policies and MRI safety.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in MRI scanning.
  • Experience with MR data collection and image post processing is required.
  • Board Certified MRI
  • Basic Life Support Certified
  • IDNS certified

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

  • Proficient in MRI scanning
  • Experience with post-processing MRI data

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Knowledge of MR physics
  • Proficient at Neuroanatomy and brain function

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 Research Lab Manager 2

Job Summary:

Provides complex scientific and technical leadership in determining research priorities and the plan, design and execution of research projects ensuring that programs of investigation meets specified objectives.  Plans, develops and implements new experiments and protocols to support research studies and maximize/extend lab capabilities.  Sets-up and troubleshoots custom protocols and conducts independent research techniques, procedures and experiments.  Co-authors scientific papers for presentation and publication.  May manage lab employees, and develop and administer budgets, grants, and/or administrative procedures.  Ensures adherence to all associated rules and regulations.

Please note: Due to the nature of the work, occasional weekend or afterhours work may be required

Must be prepared to handle biohazard waste and radioactive waste. Job requires working with radioactive materials and machines, including fluoroscopy and radioactive isotopes.

Job also requires working in a facility that performs magnetic resonance imaging.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Consults with and advises Principle Investigators (PI) in identifying and defining problems that can be resolved with scientific research. 
  • Develops hypotheses to be tested, methodology for evaluating results, and devices for use in empirical studies, including hardware, software and statistical methods as necessary.
  • Organizes and plans experiments in conjunction with PI.
  • Establishes control methods, techniques and procedures as required for specific projects and research studies.
  • Guides lab staff in conducting research. 
  • Regularly reviews scientific literature and evaluates and recommends state-of-the-art/cutting-edge applicable techniques and procedures.

Administration

  • Analyzes, evaluates and interprets data to determine relevance to research. 
  • Prepares results and co-authors scientific papers for presentation and publication.
  • Disseminates information via seminars, lectures, etc. 
  • Creates data for use in grant submission and develop new proposals for research including obtaining financial support. 
  • Identifies and/or acquires new equipment and/or facilities. 
  • Acts as liaison between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
  • Ensures adherence to all current local, state, and federal regulatory requirements, laws and research protocols, and oversees all required filings, approvals, documentation and reports.

Finance

  • Creates and/or manages research budget which may include deciding on and approving expenditures of funds based on budget.
  • Monitors accounts.
  • Negotiates prices and specifications with vendors.
  • Purchases supplies, materials, equipment and services.
  • Ensures appropriate allocation and compliance.

Supervision

  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to & may supervise lab EEs, students, residents &/or fellows. 
  • Provides instruction to lab users on technically complex procedures, equipment & instruments. 
  • Typically manages a lab budget of $2,000,000+; 2,500+ nasf of space & supervises 12+ lab members.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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 scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 8 years' lab/bench 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 scientific major or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 6 years' lab/bench or other relevant experience.
  • Supervisory or project management experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience handling both large and small animals.

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 Research Data Analyst Associate

Job Summary:

Coordination and curation of data from clinical functional imaging studies, intraoperative mapping data, and neuropsychological measures.

The goal of the project is to use multi-modal data to identify critical nodes of brain function (language, motor, …) to determine sites of stimulation, impact on cognitive performance, and predict surgical outcomes.

This position will report to Dr. Parrish in Radiology but will be highly integrated with Dr. Marc Slutsky (Neurology), and Matt Tate (Neurosurgery). Dr. Slutsky’s work focuses on ECoG mapping and identifying critical regions of motor and language networks. Dr. Tate is a functional neurosurgeon who conducts 2-3 awake mapping cases a week. Dr. Parrish’s work focuses on neuroimaging – data acquisition and data analysis for all types of imaging data including structural, diffusion, perfusion and functional imaging.

This position will work in a collaborative environment to assist with the coordination, processing and analysis of MR neuroimaging data, intraoperative data including DES, ECoG, and IR mapping. Prior experience with neuroimaging software suites such as FreeSurfer, SPM, FSL and AFNI is required. Proficiency in coding and statistical packages is preferred. Experience with graph theory analyses is also preferred.

Specific Responsibilities:

Administration

  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Development

  • Completes a variety of statistical analyses using appropriate data and software
  • Merges data from multiple sources in preparation for analysis.
  • Interprets results of analyses for use in reports and presentations

Performance

  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and Identifies quality issues
  • Conducts multi-modal data analysis
  • Works with the team to interpret group and individual results

Supervises

  • Trains and supervises subordinate staff and students

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree from an accredited college or university in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Psychology, or related;
  • 1.5+ years of experience in MR imaging research 
  • Please see information highlighted in tables below.

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

  • Experience with coding and/or shell scripting
  • Knowledge of MRI physics
  • Excellent management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in computer science, neuroscience, psychology, biomedical engineering or related field
  • Exposure to neuroimaging data analysis software suites
  • Knowledge of scanner operation and subject setup

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience using Freesurfer, FSL, AFNI, SPM or other neuroimaging platforms
  • Experience with data analysis/data visualization using R, SPSS, Tableau or other statistical packages
  • Proficient in coding using Shell or Bash script, Python or other scripting languages

 

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