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University of Rochester Human Subject Research Coordinator I, Neuroscience (ABCD) - 235099 in Rochester, New York

Human Subject Research Coordinator I, Neuroscience (ABCD) Job ID 235099

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Part-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Part Time 20 hours Grade 051 Neuroscience




Position Summary :

The Human Subject Coordinator (HSRC) will assist with day-to-day implementation of the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, a federally funded research study in the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab. HSRC recruits, schedules, and consents human subjects for participation in neuroscience-related behavior and physiology research. This research will mostly involve working with children and their families, but may also involve working with individuals with developmental disabilities or learning disorders and adults. While the work will be carried out under supervision, the HSRC I often works independently while working with human subjects and carrying out study protocol.

Under general direction, HSRC is responsible for scheduling participants, obtaining subject consents, and performing neurocognitive and psychological tests, as well as coordinating biologic sample collection and analysis. Study visits include conducting cognitive assessments through paper or electronic surveys and interviews, collecting biological samples for genetic or drug testing, and running participants through MRI scans. The HSRC w ill utilize a variety of platforms for testing and data management, such as RedCap. All information, samples, and data that are collected must be stored and documented meticulously following IRB regulations.

Will be responsible for ensuring the comfort, privacy, and informed consent of human subjects during experimental procedures by explaining study information fully and following all protocols precisely. He or she will contribute to maintaining supplies and the cleanliness of the lab.

Supervision and Direction Exercised :

Position is supervised by Ed Freedman and ABCD Lead RAs.

Machine and Equipment Used:

Laboratory equipment, computers, computer associated devices, cameras, MRI equipment, etc.

Typical Duties :

  • Plans and performs a variety of moderately-complex laboratory tests including MRI and cognitive/behavioral assessments; modifies equipment to meet special requirements. Administers surveys and interviews research participants. Ensures research participants’ adherence to protocol requirements. Assures proper set up and operation of specialized equipment. M easures brain activity using fMRI equipment ensuring a high level of quality of the recorded data. Understands, reviews, and documents all aspects of approved protocols, procedures and standards for documentation and communication. Supports team members on the details for the protocol, including inclusion and exclusion criteria, informed consent procedures, and study activities. 40%

  • Manages, collects, and analyzes accurate data from experiments and records experiments’ progress. Manages and analyzes subjects' data and prepares reports for senior study staff, the Principal Investigator (PI), Institutional Review Board (IRB), and / or any other required recipients or entities. Data collection involves running software that controls the fMRI or other technical equipment. Provides data clarifications, reviews study protocols, responds to inquiries regarding the study, and ensures regulatory and other documents such as consent forms are accurate and available for review. 35%

  • Makes recommendations and decisions on modifying the stimulus presentation computer software or analysis scripts through computer programming languages. 10%

  • Sets up equipment for the experiments, runs PC-based software. Troubleshoots malfunctioning equipment and makes repairs. 5%

  • Reads scientific papers relevant for experiments and lab meetings when needed. 5%

  • Other projects and job duties as assigned. 5%

    Requirements :

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus a preferred 1 year of experience in human subject research, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills, including written communication.

  • Ability to analyze data, attention to detail, and competence with lab equipment.

  • Knowledge of word processing and other Microsoft Office tools, such as Excel.

  • Experience with data collection software (i.e. Redcap) and data analysis software preferred.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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