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University of Rochester Human Subject Res Coord II - 220068 in Rochester, New York

Human Subject Res Coord II

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School of Medicine & Dentistry

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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry M&D Research




Position Summary:

The Keane Vision and Psychopathology Lab and the Thompson Lab at the University of Rochester are conducting a joint search for a full time Research Coordinator whose time will be split across these labs. Projects will aim to characterize psychosis-related visual perceptual alterations (including hallucinations), understand their clinical relevance, and reveal their neural origins via fMRI. Duties of the position include: (a) overseeing the recruitment and scheduling of research participants; (b) overseeing the administration of visual perceptual and cognitive assessments; (c) running subjects through a functional neuroimaging protocol; (d) conducting diagnostic, symptom, and functional assessment interviews; (e) maintaining and updating study databases (e.g., RedCAP); (f) performing literature searches; (g) preparing written scientific results for publication and conference presentation; (h) preparing materials for IRB review; (i) coordinating and supervising tasks across different members of the research team; and U) assisting with administrative/clerical duties, as needed.


Participant Recruitment

  • Works with Pl to develop, implement and evaluate recruitment strategies

  • Liaises with UR clinical sites and other external sites to develop recruitment protocols

  • Uses independent judgment and a semi-structured diagnostic interview to identify eligible participants in clinical settings. Has ability to assess eligibility of the potential study participants via discussion with clinical providers and review of screening measures

  • Conducts informed consent procedures with participants and obtains written consent

Participant Assessment and Retention

  • Conducts assessments with study participants independently

  • Establishes systems for coordinating laboratory and clinical services in compliance with UR policies and procedures

  • Takes appropriate steps to ensure participants' safety

  • Provides outreach to study participants to maximize their retention in the project

Data Management

  • Sets up procedures for developing and maintaining data systems

  • Ensures the integrity and security of all study data at all times

  • Utilizes Matlab, R, Python, SPSS, or Unix/Linux (on cluster) for data analyses

  • Assists in the development of the study ("REDCap") database and supervises the data entry and data cleaning of other study staff

  • Oversees direct data entry procedures via iPads or by transcribing paper data

  • Completes regular subject chart reviews, ensuring fidelity of documentation procedures


  • Develops and updates study protocols and manuals

  • Initiates IRB project approval process for new protocols and project amendments

  • Submits necessary documentation per the Data Safety and Monitoring Plan

  • Promotes achievement of enrollment targets via development of study specific recruitment and retention strategies

  • Directly trains, supervises, and mentors students or interns

Reporting and Dissemination

  • Assists Pl in development, writing and editing of presentations and publications of study findings

  • Prepares data reports to sponsoring agencies/institutions, as required.


Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in human subject research coordination; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of word processing and data analysis software. Professional Research Coordinator Certification (i.e., SoCRA or ACRP) preferred. Experience as Human Subject Research Coordinator I preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidate will subscribe to the department's goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating research subjects and co-workers in a sensitive and caring manner. The Research Coordinator must maintain eligibility to participate in research involving human subjects by completing the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) and NIH's Good Clinical Practice training. This position also requires participation in available cultural competency training.

  • An ability to commit to two years of service

  • Master's degree in clinical psychology or related discipline

  • At least 2 years of experience in assisting with human subject research with studies of serious psychiatric conditions.

  • An ability to act compassionately and professionally with clinical populations.

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Experience conducting SCIO and PANSS interviews with psychosis patients

  • Comfort with running subjects through an fMRI protocol;

  • Knowledge of Illustrator, data analysis software (R, SPSS), Matlab, Linux/Unix, or Python;

  • Familiarity with using an eye tracking device

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online. A cover letter is required in addition to your resume when applying.

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