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University of Rochester Human Subject Res Coordinator - 231934 in Rochester, New York

Human Subject Res Coordinator Job ID 231934

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

Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Psychiatry M&D Research


8 AM-4:30 PM



The Silverstein lab at the University of Rochester is searching for a full-time Research Coordinator for a NIMH-funded study of visual remediation in schizophrenia. Duties of the position include: (a) recruiting and scheduling appointments with research participants (all of whom will be people with schizophrenia); (b) administering computerized assessments of visual perceptual and cognitive functions; (c) performing visual evoked potential (electrophysiological) exams. (d) conducting diagnostic, symptom, and functional assessment interviews; (e) learning and conducting visual remediation sessions with single patients or small groups of patients; (f) maintaining and updating study databases; (g) data analysis; (h) performing literature searches; (i) preparing written scientific results for publication and conference presentation; (j) preparing materials for IRB review; (k) coordinating and supervising tasks across different members of the research team; and (l) assisting with administrative/clerical duties, as needed.

Essential Duties:

20% Participant recruitment

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

  • With guidance from PI, liaises with UR clinical sites and other external sites to develop recruitment protocols

  • Uses independent judgment and semi-structured diagnostic interviews 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

30% Participant assessment and retention

  • Conducts diagnostic, symptom, electrophysiological, perceptual and cognitive assessments with study participants independently

  • Works with PI to establish 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

20% Data management

  • Works with PI to set up procedures for developing and maintaining data systems

  • With guidance from PI and based on study protocol, ensures the integrity and security of all study data at all times

  • Utilizes Python, SPSS, SYSTAT, VBA, or RealStatistics for data analyses

  • Assists in the development of the study database and supervises the data entry and 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

20% Coordination/Supervision

  • 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

10% Reporting and dissemination

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

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

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.

Minimum requirements:

Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of experience in human subject research coordination, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience with psychiatric patients with serious mental illness preferred. Knowledge of word processing and data analysis software preferred.

Preferred experience (in order of priority)

  • Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, or engineering

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

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Experience conducting SCID and PANSS/BPRS interviews with psychosis patients

  • Comfort with running subjects through electrophysiological, perceptual, and cognitive;

  • Knowledge of spreadsheet and data analysis software

    The start date is flexible, but Fall 2021 is preferred. Informal inquiries regarding the position are welcomed and may be directed to Steven Silverstein at

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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