Research Project Coordinator (hybrid)

Posted February 10th 2023

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Project Manager, the full-time Research Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and conducting daily operations of NIH-funded social-behavioral and biomedical research studies. Studies include: assessing patients’ and providers’ perceptions of xenotransplant clinical trials to develop decision aids; and examining a culturally sensitive genetic testing program to improve informed treatment decision making among living kidney donor candidates of African ancestry.
Candidates ideally have experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They should also have the ability to adapt communication to multiple cultural environments. Candidates should have an understanding of the issues of institutional and structural racism and bias, and have a strong interest in incorporating the perspectives of communities of color in the analysis of the outcomes of clinical decision-making, and the psychosocial and clinical impacts of genetic testing on communities of color.
Responsibilities include: in-person recruitment of study participants at the transplant center; obtaining informed consent; conducting surveys and interviews in person and by telephone; reviewing medical records; collecting and shipping saliva samples for genetic testing; data entry and data management; following up with participants to schedule and conduct surveys/interviews, keeping accurate and current records; managing participant compensation; processing financial paperwork; writing culturally sensitive educational and study materials; qualitative data analysis; contributing to study reports, IRB modifications, abstracts, and manuscripts; and working collaboratively with research team members at NU and at external study sites.
The Research Project Coordinator will complete all activities by strictly following Good Clinical Practices and all relevant current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policies, and procedures developed by the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board.
Minimum qualifications include: a Bachelor’s or higher degree in the field of public health, multicultural studies, social sciences, or a related field, and 2 years’ research study experience. A Master’s degree in the field of public health, multicultural studies, social sciences, or a related field, and at least 2 years’ research experience, is preferred.
The position is full-time, hybrid (i.e., 2 days in office/3 days remote), and will start in March, 2023. Salary is based on experience and qualifications. Northwestern University’s Comprehensive Transplant Center is committed to building a diverse staff and encourages applications from people of color.
*Send your resume to Ms. Jessica Gacki-Smith at

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