Research Coordinator - Washington State University in Spokane Washington

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Washington State University

Spokane, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

The Scientific Assistant will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in performing laboratory and field research. The primary duties of this position will be to define research problems, defining approaches or hypothesis and methodology, design specific phases of research projects, carrying complex analyses, analyzing results, developing conclusions and hypotheses, and/or presenting research findings in publishable form.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline may be substituted for up to one year of the required work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with American Indian and/or Alaska Native Communities.

Experience conducting substance abuse research.

Experience managing staff at field research offices.

Experience managing research studies.
Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Office and experience with SharePoint.

Experience with online surveys or databases.

Experience preparing reports to National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

Experience preparing technical reports and manuscripts.

Experience authoring professional presentations or peer reviewed publications.

Monthly Salary

Depends on Qualifications

Additional Information

Study Design and Management – 40%
Collaborates with the project Principal Investigator (PI) on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research grant involving multiple performance sites and community partners. The majority of duties will be focused on studies investigating behavioral interventions in partnership with American Indian and Native Alaskan communities. Works with a collaborative team of interdisciplinary high-level researchers and clinicians in the implementation of several research studies including recruitment and intervention.
Collaborates with the PI in designing methodology to improve the techniques used in study procedures.
Identifies, defines, and solves research method and project implementation problems in contingency management interventions, working with American Indian Alaska Native, and other underserved communities, as well as ethyl glucronide urine analyses.
Oversees all essential research financial to include craft and research budgets, sub-awards and subcontracts; review and approve invoices and financial reports.
Develops a study implementation plan designed to ensure project timelines are met; engaging Native communities, tribal colleges and universities, and clinical providers in research activities; resolving problems as they arise and taking action to ensure adherence to protocol requirements.
Develops research designs, data collection methods, and strategies for data management and communicates these strategies to research staff and community and tribal partners.
Conducts internal audits of data and participant documents to be shared between the investigator and study sponsors, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and other relevant governing bodies and partners, including Native communities, tribal colleges and universities, and clinical providers.

Human Subjects Management and Research Coordination – 25%
Reviews and assesses study data and utilizes study data to prepare Institutional Review Board applications, modifications and status reports.
Maintain regulatory compliance and reporting.
Analyzes project data to ensure that projects comply with all requirements of the WSU Human Subjects Review Board and all relevant review boards at participating sites/communities including tribal reviews.
Prepares and analyzes data for technical reports and for presentation to sponsoring agencies as needed.
Provides oversight and supervision over study procedures for recruiting, intervening, and collecting and summarizing data as needed.
Oversees the development of forms, questionnaires, and scoring systems for several studies; and analyzes data to design and write technical reports including data dictionaries, data handling procedures, and data flow diagrams.
Develops data collection strategies and databases for several projects. Manage the transfer of data across sites and maintain data security and restricted access to the data. Establish and implement data collection, cleaning and quality control procedures for multiple projects. Evaluate research data from multiple sites to ensure quality control.
Develops and monitors a system for tracking data operational issues, challenges, and/or problems and work directly with Information Technology (IT) staff to resolve problems as they arise.
Establishes and manages procedures for conducting complex ethyl glucuronide urine testing, as well as supervise field researchers who are conducting ethyl glucuronide testing. Travels to field sites as needed.
Reviews and edits scientific papers and manuscripts summarizing study findings including manuscripts or presentations at scientific conferences, as well as the preparation of routine programmatic progress reports.

Supervision – 15%
Develops training material and written instructions for study procedures and ensures that all research staff, including contracted field staff in Washington and other states, is trained, knowledgeable, and aware of studies/projects, protocol, and confidentiality.
Supervises and evaluates the performance of research staff.
Directs the daily responsibilities of employees to ensure timely completion of research activities, providing support as needed and coordinating all logistical efforts.
Develops and implements protocols for employees in recruiting research subjects, administering interviews, and evaluating outcomes according to established research protocols.
Facilitates opportunities for research personnel to meet the training requirements for the responsible conduct of research with human subjects.

Budget/Fiscal & Grant Management/Reporting – 15%
Creates, manages, and oversees the project budget and related grant budgets in collaboration with the Fiscal/Budget Manager. In addtion, establishes, manages and oversees subcontracts. Addresses issues concerning budgets and subcontracts as they arise.
Writes, edits, and oversees the development of continuation applications and other reports as needed by the funder.
Provides advice to research staff concerning project related tasks such as gathering information for annual reports, creating PowerPoint presentations and proofreading reports, publications and other documents.
Prepares and delivers weekly reports on study progress to PI and project lead.
Coordinates payments to participants and billing procedures related to study visits. Resolves issues of missing payments.

Other – 5%
Other duties as assigned.

WSU Spokane is a tobacco-free campus.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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