Project Coordinator, Infant Caregiver
Job no: 494624
Work type: Staff
Categories: Trainers & Educators, Full Time
Pay Grade: 29E
Context of the Job:
The Infant Caregiver Laboratory is housed in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The lab is funded by NIMH R01 grants and donor gifts to Dr. Mary Dozier, Principal Investigator. The Infant Caregiver Lab studies the effectiveness of interventions for children who have experienced adversity. The Project Coordinator supports the research efforts of the Principal Investigator and Postdoctoral Researcher. The position will be funded through the external grant and donor funding of the Principal Investigator. The position is temporary and may be renewed on a 12-month basis, dependent upon available funding and performance.Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Project Coordinator will oversee research projects in the lab including handling IRB submissions/renewals, participant scheduling to meet project milestones, workflow issues, staffing, data collection, and home visits. These responsibilities include serving as the primary resource for staff in the field. The individual will be responsible for creating/implementing new policies while also ensuring adherence to all current policies and procedures in the lab. Along with the Principal Investigator and Postdoctoral Researcher, this position is responsible for hiring and training full time staff, miscellaneous wage employees, and undergraduate research assistants as well as providing feedback, tracking their progress, handling disciplinary actions, and conducting performance appraisals. While the majority of work responsibilities take place at the lab, Project Coordinator will also be expected to participate in home visits (e.g., research visits and/or parent training sessions with parents of infants). Additionally, the Project Coordinator will assist with MRI data collection. The individual will learn how to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to take structural and functional scans of infant brains. Responsibilities include gathering a medical history from parents, answering questions about scanning, positioning infants in the scanner, operating computer equipment, and evaluating images to determine whether additional scans are needed. Infant scanning sessions occur primarily in the evening. Flexibility to work some weekends and evenings is needed.
- Oversee research projects in the lab to ensure completion of research in a timely, efficient, and valid manner. This includes handling IRB submissions/renewals, participant recruitment/enrollment to meet project milestones, workflow issues, follow-up of all cases, assigning cases to staff, and data analysis.¿
- Supervise assignment of tasks among staff and undergraduate students to ensure equal distribution of assignments as well as adequate staffing, space, and equipment for subsequent performance of duties.
- Along with the PI and Postdoctoral Researcher, this position is responsible for hiring and training full time staff, miscellaneous wage employees, and undergraduate research assistants as well as providing feedback, tracking their progress, handling disciplinary actions, and conducting performance appraisals.
- Serve as the primary resource for all staff in the field to help in making executive decisions in ambiguous situations or answer any questions that arise. This includes being available by phone or e-mail during any time there is a visit in the field, a staff person traveling, or any lab-related activity taking place.
- Serve as the primary resource for staff and undergraduate students in the lab when questions/problems arise including assessing the situation, coming up with solutions to correct the situation, and following up to see that the problem has been resolved. This includes database problems, server access, data entry questions, and questions that arise from coding teams.
- Create and implement new policies while also ensuring that all current policies and procedures in the lab are being adhered to.
- Perform quality assurance checks on audio, video and paper measures according to project-specific protocol and Good Laboratory Practices.
- Consent new participants, conduct research visits, and track participants who move.
- Complete research visits and/or parent training sessions in participants¿ homes.
- Use MRI equipment to gather structural and functional brain scans of children and adolescents. This includes helping parents to complete MRI safety screening forms, explaining the MRI procedure in way that children can understand, positioning children in the scanner, using computer software, evaluating images, and following safety policies and procedures.
- Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree and three years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies, and procedures pertaining to human subjects and clinical research.
- Experience administering a large research program.
- Supervisory experience.
- Effective interpersonal, long oral and written communication, human relations, and listening skills.
- Ability to lead and direct others.
- Ability to analyze research methodology, protocol, and procedures.
- Ability to evaluate and provide feedback to staff that result in the collection of valid and reliable data collection.
- Ability to collaborate with students, faculty and/or staff in a team environment.
- Willingness to work with diverse populations.
- Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele.
- Ability to assign work and handle workflow issues regarding staff and miscellaneous wage employees and undergraduate research assistants.
- Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management strongly preferred.
- Interviewing and evaluation skills preferred.¿ Skill in the use of computer applications and data analysis, for example, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, FileMaker Pro and statistical and graphics software experience preferred.
- Strong scientific judgment, administrative ability, and independent decision making preferred.
- MRI scanning experience preferred.
- Ability to work in close proximity to MRI scanners.
- Requires flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.
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