The ResearchCoordinator is part of the staff of Psychology in the College of Arts andSciences, Division of Natural Sciences at Vanderbilt University and is a keyindividual contributor responsible for overseeing the Dr. Kaczkurkin Lab. Thisposition will manage the day-to-day functions of the laboratory. Reportingdirectly to Dr. Kaczkurkin, the Research Coordinator will serve as apoint of contact for the team. This position does have supervisoryresponsibility; the Research Coordinator oversees volunteers and researchassistants in the lab; this position reports administratively to theAdministrative Manager and functionally to the Principal Investigator
The ResearchCoordinator will be responsible for coordinating the approval processesand conduct of research protocols, such that the integrity and quality of theresearch is maintained and the research is conducted in accordance with GoodClinical Practice Guidelines, federal and sponsor regulations and guidelines,Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure, and research protocols. The ResearchCoordinator manages participant screening, implements recruitment procedures,consenting, enrollment, and study conduct from planning through completion andreporting. The Research Coordinator performs or implements processes to assurestudy-related procedures are performed as required and objectives and timelinesare met. The Research Coordinator maintains accurate and timely documentationand communication with Investigators, participants, IRB, sponsors and otherresearch related entities.
This is a quantitativeneuroimaging and psychophysiology lab led by Dr. Kaczkurkin at VanderbiltUniversity. The laboratory research program focuses on understanding theneurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of internalizing disorders. The lab integrates multimodal measures such as functional magnetic resonanceimaging (MRI), cerebral blood flow, brain anatomy, psychophysiology (e.g.electroencephalography (EEG), startle blink, skin conductance), and behavior todevelop a comprehensive understanding of the basic mechanisms underlyinganxiety and depressive disorders.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conveys a basic knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject's research and incorporates them in the conduct of research
Possesses a basic awareness of the Federal regulations and guidelines governing the protection of human subjects (e.g., OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HIPAA regulations), before engaging in human subjects research
With assistance, prepares and processes new IRB research proposals, amendments, continuing review applications and adverse event reports according to institutional and departmental policies and procedures and federal regulations
Communicates a basic knowledge and understanding of the management and implementation of research operations
Exhibits the capability to understand and follow the study protocol, obtaining training and seeking assistance when needed, to safely and accurately perform or assess required protocol procedures. Uses coordination skills and works collaboratively with study participants, other staff and departments to complete research protocols, including performing study procedures such as assessing participant eligibility and recruitment, arranging necessary schedules and procedures, conducting interviews, conducting neuroimaging and psychophysiology data collection, tracking protocol specific investigational procedures. Recognizes problems and suggest solutions. Problem solves when needed
Prepares and maintains documents required to be maintained and available internally and for regulatory authorities and/or the sponsor prior to, during and after the conduct of the research protocol. Participates in periodic site visits from sponsor, regulatory authorities and others to review research, source documentation and research procedures
Procures equipment and supplies needed to fulfill project requirements. Assists in setting up, maintaining, and troubleshooting equipment issues. Anticipates supply use and orders supplies before they run out. Participates in the development of data collection, processing, and analysis tools
Participates in the determination of eligible candidates for study participation, assuring participants fulfill eligibility requirements. With guidance, assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled and remain eligible for continued participation
Records data from source documentation and/or participant interaction onto report forms (either paper or electronic) with awareness and attention to the requirements for accuracy, completeness and timeliness. Attends to query resolution in a timely manner. Assures research information is collected and stored in a manner that is compliant with regulations/policies and good clinical practice
Becomes familiar with the safety reporting requirements of the study protocol, IRB, and other regulatory bodies. In a timely fashion, monitors, detects and reports adverse events meeting requirements of regulatory bodies. Coordinates activities and gathers information from a variety of sources to achieve stated outcomes
With direction, assists with study completion, study closeout and archiving of study files, ensuring completeness and continuity of all study data, performing ongoing checks of data that has been entered (paper or electronic) or in reports
With supervision, develops and manages study budgets, monitoring efficient invoicing and taking appropriate action to maintain billing compliance
Collaboratively participates in study team meetings. Maintains open and positive communications with investigators, participants, co-workers, other departments and sponsors. Oversees volunteers and research assistants in the lab. Provides volunteers and research assistants with adequate instruction on tasks commensurate with their level of training in a respectful environment. Serves as a role model, mentor and consultant
Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, Sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and the public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research and through ongoing monitoring of study processes and participants
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that human subjects and their families clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating this research study
Encourages open communication with participants by providing them with contact information and being available to answer, address or refer their calls
With direction, performs or instructs others in performing procedures for research as they are described in the protocol, deviating from the protocol only when a subject's safety is at risk and in a timely manner reports all deviations from the protocol to the Principal Investigator and/or senior personnel who will determine if a protocol amendment or other safety reporting to appropriate funding/regulatory agencies is required
Utilizes or obtains knowledge of mental health issues to observe for and report adverse events in a timely and accurate manner to the principal investigator and all regulatory authorities (IRB, Sponsor, NIH, etc.) as required by protocol, policies and procedures and regulations
Actively identifies and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance professional development. Pursues avenues to continue education (i.e., seminars, etc.). Demonstrates initiative for continuous learning, both self-directed and as evidenced by attendance of educational and professional development opportunities. Actively seeks new learning opportunities, seeing learning as part of work
Develops and achieves personal and professional goals. Participates at local professional meetings. Networks with other research departments and colleagues
Participates in and maintains certifications, licensure and credentialing as required by Vanderbilt, the department and Sponsor
Assesses for and implements process improvement initiatives to assure research quality, expedient completion of recruitment, timely receipt of research related payments, and expedient study reporting. Supports process improvement in research management to speed up study activation, implementation, conduct, close out, and reporting. Develops recruitment and retention strategies to improve study performance. Continually revises operating procedures to assure quality and human subjects protection
BA or BS in a related field such as psychology or neuroscience strongly preferred
Good people skills required
Proactive habits and initiative required
Prior research experience preferred
Experience with R, linux, matlab, or SPSS preferred, but not required
Experience with neuroimaging and/or psychophysiology data collection, processing, and analysis preferred, but not required
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