The division of Pediatric Neuropsychology has an an opening for a part-time research professional. The Minnesota Investigators in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MIND) group is a collaborative group of researchers at the University of Minnesota who are working with children and families to gain scientific insights that will improve the lives of children with neurodevelopmental differences. Led by Dr. Rene Pierpont, the MIND group is currently conducting research to support better neurodevelopmental outcomes for children with genetic conditions including X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) and neurofibromatosis type I (NF1). The candidate will assist the Principal Investigator in managing/coordinating and conducting various aspects of this research. We are seeking candidates with knowledge of child development and/or neuroscience to recruit participants, acquire informed consent from participants, conduct research-based neurocognitive assessments, manage research databases, purchase materials as needed, supervise undergraduate RAs, enter and manage data in the lab’s database, conduct literature reviews, and support development of presentations and manuscripts. Candidates with skills needed to support maintenance of the lab website and develop educational and outreach materials will be given priority. Ability to work independently toward long-term goals is also essential. The position will receive primary support from Dr. Pierpont’s federally-funded KL2 career development grant.
This is a 12 month limited term appointment
Study Coordination and Implementation (30%):
Assist the PI with research projects including development of protocols and planning as well as coordinating and implementing studies. Create appropriate systems, procedures, and study specific materials to meet protocol requirements. Conduct study visits including but not limited to consenting, data collection, and ensuring protocol compliance.
Regulatory Compliance (10%): Ensure regulatory compliance and timeliness of reporting (IRB, NIH, pharmaceutical companies, etc.). Assist the PI in creating and managing new study applications and renewals, determining appropriate regulatory requirements per study protocol and completing submissions as necessary.
Data Collection and Management (40%): Complete training in specialized administration of neuropsychological research measures under the supervision of a licensed psychologist Administer and collect patient and normative and other validation data Enter data into REDCap database Manage clinical data sets Assist in data analysis and preparation of study reports. Lead and create study specific databases.
Perform other research-related or lab management tasks as requested by PI (20%) Create patient-oriented brochures or educational materials Create web and social media content for the lab
***All required qualifications must be documented on application materials***
BA/BS in health or psychology-related with at least two years of work experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years Demonstrated experience working with children in a service or clinical setting Experience with computerized data management Computer proficiency in a PC environment including Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint Demonstrated experience with Good Clinical Practices (GCPs), internal regulations (IRB), and other regulatory requirements Demonstrated/documented record of advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated detail-orientation with exceptional organizational, planning and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently, as a part of a team and with changing priorities Demonstrated ability to maintain deadlines and prioritize assignments. Demonstrated ability to initiate and process multiple projects simultaneously
Familiarity with the culture and workflow of a medical setting/clinic Experience administering psychological and/or neuropsychological assessment tools Proficiency in RedCap database management and programming Demonstrated ability to independently manage a research protocol Experience with electrophysiological measures of brain function Experience with data analysis in SPSS or R Experience with conducting literature reviews and/or writing scientific publications
Internal Number: 334308
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