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Job Req ID:  17596

Research Program Coordinator


General Summary/Purpose:
This employee will conduct experimental research sessions and perform certain data handling functions required by a research protocol under the direction of Ph.D. Investigator.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Research Duties:

  • Conduct experimental research sessions to implement experimental protocol. This includes responsibility for preparation of session room and equipment, compiling necessary forms, and providing professional explanations of such matters as orientation procedures, payment procedures, and practice sessions, running of sessions, patient evaluations and transportation of subjects.
  • Data collection tasks may include collecting, handling, shipping, and tracking of urine, blood and saliva samples, administration of self-reports, independent observation of subject’s condition, monitoring of physiological measures, collection and maintenance of all session equipment, and interaction with medical personnel concerning irregularities.
  • Schedule subjects including production of calendars and/or schedules for the subject’s interview, training and session days which will confirm the availability of the necessary test area facilities, and coordination of an additional protocol personnel.
  • Conduct both telephone and in person interviews with potential research volunteers to ascertain drug histories, medical information, and any other study related requirements. Reading, witnessing and documentation of consent procedures, as well as answering any questions volunteers may have.
  • Implement all authorized changes to the protocol, which includes such things as: revising all forms related to the study, documentation of any changes to the study book, and notification of changes to medical personnel and, if applicable, outside agencies working in conjunction with studies. Maintaining source documentation and subject notebooks for subsequent reviews and clarification.
  • Input, organize, edit and verify data on a Macintosh computer. Score subjective report forms willed out by research volunteers. Data entry of assessment information, double entry of data and data verification as assigned. Complete advanced data manipulations such as peaks, area under the curve, difference scores, percent baseline, and absolute peak change from baseline. Provide graphic representations of research data according to the needs of the investigator.
  • Provides prompt and effective feedback from contact and interaction with outside agencies, medical personnel, and to all whom are concerned with the protocol’s execution and/or procedures.
  • Responsible for maintaining both a current and backup copy of the research data. Ensure confidentiality and security of data.


Training and Leadership:

  • Will be assigned protocols by the Research Program Supervisor and provide training and direction needed to the Research Program Assistants conducting those protocols.
  • Must be knowledgeable regarding the guidelines for the collection of research data and BPRU’s standardized methods of data management and project management. Will serve as a resource person for Research Program Assistants and Coordinators with regard to proper usage of data management and project management techniques.
  • Will organize and oversee the training of Research Program Assistants and Coordinators in data management and the use of computerized data collection instruments. Will participate directly in this training. Will keep the Research Program Supervisor informed of the progress of individual staff members and coordinate staff training needs.
  • Will assist Research Program Supervisor in providing backup in the event of staff’s absence, scheduling conflicts, or other program needs. Must become conversant with protocols other than primary assignment and be able to provide training or back-up for these protocols. Provides occasional assistance to other Research Program Assistants in the daily execution of their protocols and data entry tasks.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s level or equivalent in Psychology, Public Health or related field with some related experience required.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
  • This position requires working with a subject population of diverse socio-economic conditions and a varying age range.


Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year of experience in a human research laboratory preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Interpersonal, communication and interview skills required in order to carry out protocols with human volunteers.
  • Excellent organizational skills are required. Demonstrated leadership skills are required. Must be able to use independent judgment and give exceptional attention to detail.
  • Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:
  • Experience with Macintosh personal computers, Microsoft Office Applications, graphical software, and statistical software preferred.

Classified Title: Research Program Coordinator 
Working Title: Research Program Coordinator 
Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 - $22.12 per hour
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday thru Friday/8 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10003297-SOM Psy Bay Behavioral Pharm Rserch Unit 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


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