The USDA-Human Nutrition Research on Aging (HNRCA) is one of six USDA human research centers created to study the effect of human nutrition on health. The HNRCA mission is to conduct state-of-the-art research on human nutrition and aging.
The Metabolic Research Unit (MRU) is composed of Volunteer Services, Nursing Services, and Dietary Services. The MRU’s Volunteer Services Division maintains a database from which they can recruit. In addition, potential study participants are recruited for a variety of population, longitudinal, metabolic, and free-living nutrition studies through use of social media, advertisements, and mailing lists. Research nurses and support staff implement research protocols and continually assess and monitor free-living study participants. Registered dietitians and dietary support staff develop and implement the dietary component of research protocols, which includes strict feeding protocols created in the MRU research kitchen with careful food intake monitoring throughout the duration of each study. All human research studies carried out in the MRU are reviewed and approved by the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB).
What You'll Do
The goal of this Research Coordinator position is to help coordinate multiple protocols being conducted in the MRU; assist with multiple aspects of the study set up; work with study participants; assist in various study tasks during the active study such as administering questionnaires and collecting outcome measures; and assist with data collection, data management, and quality control checks.
What We're Looking For
Assist with overall implementation and coordination of study protocols being conducted in the mru. Support the senior research coordinator. Help coordinate study visits and interact with study participants to make sure all study visit procedures are completed as necessary. This includes assisting with study scheduling, consenting, escorting study participants, administration of questionnaires, taking study measurements, and completion of data collection forms.
Work with the MRU’s volunteer services, nursing, and dietary services units as needed to help with needs during high demand times. This includes recruitment, screening of study participants, explaining the research study to study participants and consent process, helping with study measures, and assisting in the metabolic kitchen as needed. May also assist as a liaison between the MRU and other Core Units (such as the Nutrition Evaluation Lab) to assist with the daily work flow between units.
Assists with data entry of surveys and other data into research databases, including direct electronic data capture. Assists in reviewing data for accuracy and completeness. Work with MRU Manager, Senior Research Coordinator, and Biostatistics/Data Management Core to help MRU implement best practices for data collection, data management, quality control, and study closeout. Implement best practices and HNRCA policies for data sharing and data retention.
Help ensure that research activities within the MRU are performed within Federal regulations and follow University policies. Assist MRU Manager, Senior Research Coordinator, MRU Supervisors, and PIs to assist in making sure all IRB regulations and good clinical practices are being implemented and assist with IRB documents as needed.
Assist with training staff and students as necessary on study-related procedures and data collection methods. Work with MRU Manager, Senior Research Coordinator, and Supervisors on developing and implementing standardized operating procedures and manual of procedures. Work with Senior Research Coordinator on distribution and upkeep of common forms, common protocol and consent language, and common questionnaires and study procedures.
Minimum Required Experience, Education, Background, And Certifications/Licenses
- Bachelor's degree nutrition or other health-sciences field and 1+ year experience in a research setting.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office software suite, email, web search.
- Strong time management and organizational skills.
- Exposure to working with data such as data collection, data entry or data management.
- Completion of Human Subject Protection training through CITI within two weeks of hire (required prior to interacting with human subjects).
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Interacts well with others.
Additional Preferred Experience, Education, etc.
- Experience with REDCap or other research data collection databases.
- Experience working within IRB guidance and policies.
- Experience with working with research participants.
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.