Human Subject Research Coordinator I, (FT) Neuroscience

Rochester, NY

Responsibilities

Position Summary :

The Human Subject Research Specialist (HSRS) 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. General protocol and directions are provided by a team of scientists at the ABCD Coordinating Center in San Diego, California. These protocols and directions are overseen by supervisory staff working at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab.

HSRS I consents human subjects for participation in neuroscience-related behavior and physiology research. This research will involve working with adolescents and their families, but may also involve working with individuals with developmental disabilities, learning disorders, and diverse backgrounds. While the work will be carried out under supervision, the HSRS I often works independently while working with human subjects and carrying out study protocol.

Under general direction, HSRS is responsible for obtaining subject consents and performing neurocognitive and psychological tests, as well as coordinating biologic sample collection. Study visits include conducting cognitive assessments, electronic surveys and interviews, collecting biological samples for genetic or drug testing, and guiding participants through MRI scans under supervision of a licensed technologist. The HSRS will 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 in accordance with 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. HSRS will contribute to maintaining supplies and the cleanliness of the study.

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. Measures 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 :

  • Plans and performs a variety of moderately-complex laboratory tests including MRI and cognitive/behavioral assessments on an iPad.

  • Administers surveys and interviews research participants.

  • Ensures research participants’ adherence to protocol requirements.

  • Assures proper setup and operation of specialized equipment.

  • Understands, reviews, and documents all aspects of approved protocols, procedures, and standards for documentation and communication.

  • Supports team members on the details of the protocol, including inclusion and exclusion criteria, informed consent procedures, and study activities.

  • Actively contributes to improving workflows, interacting with participants and parents.

  • Assists in other study-based delegations and management.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 18.89 - $ 26.44 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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