Clinical Research Professional - Biomarkers of Suicidality (Research Professional 2)
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 41,620.80 - 71,697.60
Internal Number: 353502
Research Professional 2 - Clinical Research Professional – Biomarkers of Suicidality
The Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory (TNEL) in the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry is seeking a clinical research professional to assist with management of human neuroscience studies and clinical trials of precision treatments for severe mental illness. The anticipated appointment is at the level of Research Professional 2, with higher grades possible for a candidate with exceptional experience.
The primary study funding this position involves recording of electroencephalography (EEG) data from human research participants, some of whom may have significant symptoms of mental illness. The goal of the work is to discover new biomarkers of suicidality and abnormal experiences that could become targets for precision treatment.
Job responsibilities will include: ï‚· Curation, preparation, and maintenance of human clinical research data, including clinical rating scales, data from the electronic health record, and brain recording files. ï‚· Accurate and timely maintenance of all study and regulatory documentation for multiple studies, including compliance with applicable institutional, state, and Federal policies ï‚· Preparation of study materials, including consent forms, standard operating procedures, and standardized protocols for submission to regulatory bodies ï‚· Human research participant interactions, including administering standardized neuro-psychological assessments and performing study data collection procedures. Data collection will involve the use of specialized equipment and software, some of which may be investigational or custom-built for the study. Work will be semi-independent, with supervision available but indirect. ï‚· Development of procedures for reaching and recruiting study populations, including Internet-based and community outreach strategies ï‚· Serving as liaison to other UMN research teams and other study sites to maintain fidelity of research protocols and coordinate participant visits across sites.
Other responsibilities that are commonly part of a clinical research coordinator’s duties, such as:
o Identify potential risks and take steps to promote subject safety. o Identify interdisciplinary and facility resource needs and facilitate implementation. o Prioritize protocol needs, determine priorities, identify potential risks and implement a plan to address risks. o Collaborate with other disciplines involved in the research process o Assist with development of clinical research protocol documentation o Demonstrate effective and efficient communication with study sponsors, monitors, department and University staff o Maintain accurate and complete study records, supplies, and time keeping tools. o Maintain a safe physical environment for the research subject(s). o Complete and maintain essential, source, and regulatory documents o Contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the research process by offering suggestions and participating as an active member of the research team o Participate in production of research publications or presentation of research data o Report work time on an electronic time card o Update Subject Tracking Forms in the organization's business system. o Perform research procedures for the collection of meaningful research data. o In accordance with GCP and protocol, provide services, assessments, or interventions o Identify the appropriate personnel to perform direct and indirect research activities based on needs, condition, and potential for risk/harm, by evaluating the complexity of the activity and predictability of the outcome. o Continually evaluate the successful approach to protocol implementation in accordance with GCPs. o Evaluate compliance to protocol and systematically and continuously evaluate subject response to interventions, expected outcomes, and possible adverse reactions. o Manage subject participation in research protocol: o Recruit potential subjects o Participate in protecting the rights of the research subject via execution of informed consent and compliance with HIPAA requirements o Determine subject eligibility and maintain compliance with protocol eligibility requirements. o Collect, and ship specimens for research, laboratory, or clinical testing as required, often in repetitive and concise fashion so as to maintain integrity across all subject visits. o Monitor subject responses to protocol defined treatments/interventions, and schedule required visits and tests. o Evaluate laboratory and other findings to determine the presence of expected and unexpected subject reactions or outcomes
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Bachelor's degree and two (2) years of experience; or a combination of education and experience to equal six (6) years
Familiarity with clinical research practices, Good Clinical Practice guidelines, and applicable regulations
Strong attention to detail, conscientiousness, and organizational skills
Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment, with colleagues from a variety of skills and backgrounds
Ability to maintain professional demeanor when working with research participants who may have significant emotional disturbances
Flexibility to conduct study procedures across a range of locations, including operating suites, inpatient care floors, clinics, and research laboratories
Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
Ability to satisfactorily complete a background check (required condition of employment with University of Minnesota health facilities)
Ability and willingness to obtain and document immunizations required for work in clinical environments (e.g., measles, influenza, hepatitis B, negative tuberculosis testing, SARS-CoV-2).
Documented ability in scientific/technical writing, e.g. past contributions to published research papers or other scholarly products
Training or experience in EEG or other forms of neurophysiology
Training or experience in statistical analysis of scientific data
Training or experience in functional neuroimaging, especially magnetic resonance imaging
Additional training beyond the minimum requirements, or completion of Clinical Research Coordination certification
Prior education or experience in neuroscience, clinical treatment of mental illness, and/or medical device research
Experience with stakeholder or other forms of public engagement
Specific experience with software in use in our clinics and laboratory (EPIC, Florence, OnCore, REDCap, R)
Training in the necessary research methods will be provided. The researcher will be expected to perform his/her duties with a substantial degree of independence once trained. If desired, there will also be opportunities to learn and apply data analysis techniques, to contribute to scientific publications, and to supervise junior researchers. General information about the laboratory and our work may be found athttp://www.tnelab.org .
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.