National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

Research Study Assistant, Mesulam Center

Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States
6 days ago


Department: MED-Mesulam Ctr Cog Neur & Alz
Salary/Grade: NEX/9

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).

The Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease is a multi-departmental component of the Feinberg School of Medicine. We specialize in the clinical care and scientific study of neurological diseases that interfere with cognition and behavior. Areas of emphasis include age-related memory impairments and dementias. Our three interacting missions are to investigate the causes and clinical characteristics of neurodegenerative diseases, to ensure that our patients are the beneficiaries of the latest advances, and to explore the neural foundations of behavior and cognition in health and disease.

This position is for a research study assistant for the observational primary progressive aphasia research study in the laboratories of Dr. Emily Rogalski and Dr. Marsel Mesulam. Primary responsibilities include scheduling research participants, administering neuropsychological tests, processing participant payments, transcribing speech samples, and data entry and maintenance of a RedCAP database. To be considered for this position, please include a cover letter detailing previous experiences that may fit well with this role.

This position has funding for a period of two years.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Recruits study participants.
  • Reviews & obtains informed consent.
  • Schedules study visits with participants.
  • Conducts interviews
  • Escorts participants to study activities
  • Scores test results.
  • Collects survey data.
  • Facilitates communication with key personnel & participants to maintain project study flow.

  • Maintains detailed records of results which may include collecting, extracting & entering data; &/or preparing basic charts & graphs.
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research.
  • Completes portions of grant applications &/or documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols.

  • May process reimbursements for travel expenses.
  • Monitors & distribute petty cash.
  • Processes invoices &/or purchase requisitions.
  • Coordinates fund distribution among multiple sponsors and clinical sites.

  • May train students and or volunteers on study procedures

  • 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.
  • 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 attention to detail required
  • Ability to multitask and strong organization skills
  • Experience working with teams
  • Excellent demeanor and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, or related field.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
  • Interest in neuroscience or communication sciences
  • Prior experience with RedCAP or similar database
  • Intermediate understanding of Excel
  • Prior experience in human subjects research
  • Prior experience working with adults with cognitive impairments
  • Prior experience administering neuropsychological and/or cognitive tests and experiments
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Job Information

  • Job ID: 64921121
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Research Study Assistant, Mesulam Center
  • Company Name For Job: Northwestern University
  • Job Function: Other

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