PMI Research Project Manager

Mar 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Department of Public Health Sciences is the home, in the Biological Sciences Division, for the core quantitative research fields in public health: biostatistics, epidemiology and health services research. Our faculty both lead research projects in these fields and participate in interdisciplinary teams with faculty in other departments to address complex problems in health and healthcare, in our communities and around the globe. The Illinois Precision Medicine Consortium is a collaborative multi-PI, multi-site project serving healthcare provider organization (HPO) Enrollment Centers throughout Illinois as part of the NIH's All of Us Research Program, The Precision Medicine Initiative. The program will set the foundation for new ways of engaging research participants, sharing health data and information, and employing technology advances to mine the information for comprehensive results, specifically developing ways to measure risk for a range of diseases based on environmental exposures, genetic factors and interactions between the two; identifying the causes of individual differences in response to commonly used drugs (commonly referred to as pharmacogenomics); discovering biological markers that signal increased or decreased risk of developing common diseases; using mobile health (mHealth) technologies to correlate activity, physiological measures and environmental exposures with health outcomes; developing new disease classifications and relationships; empowering study participants with data and information to improve their own health; and creating a platform to enable trials of targeted therapies.

Unit Job Summary: The Research Project Manager will be a key team member of the UCM-based enrollment site of the All of UsSM Research Program: Precision Medicine Initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as future related bio-banking/epidemiology studies. Precision medicine is an approach to disease treatment and prevention that seeks to maximize effectiveness by taking into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. By enrolling nationally one million or more participants who provide Participant Provided Information, Electronic Health Record data, biospecimens, physical evaluations, and permission for re-contact, All of Us will have the scale and scope to enable research for a wide range of diseases, both common and rare, as well as increase our understanding of healthy states. This position is a key contributor within the Illinois Consortium which is responsible for recruiting 150,000 participants over 5 years. Responsibilities are to oversee all aspects of participant enrollment efforts in order to meet the yearly goals, determine methods to enhance recruitment yields, facilitate participant engagement, and plan for and enact best practices to ensure result dissemination to participants. Must complete UChicago's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years. This at-will position is wholly or partially funded by contractual grant funding which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance. The Research Project Manager will be responsible for orchestrating the day-to-day research project in accordance with stringent NIH-defined protocols. Duties include managing activities associated with the creation and implementation of participant recruitment. Recruitment strategies must be designed to enhance enrollment in biomedical &/or social-behavioral research studies considered very complex by the inclusion of several challenging factors such as: multiple investigators, teams, sites, and sub-contracts; large volumes and diversity of participants; and longitudinal assessments/interventions. The incumbent will be responsible: for creating, implementing, monitoring & updating recruitment project plans; facilitating meetings and training sessions with appropriate parties; tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained. Other responsibilities include: monitoring, analyzing & reporting research study progress in a quantifiable manner; resolving &/or escalating issues in a timely manner. All participant recruitment activities are expected to be completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Unit Education: Required: Master's Degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field AND 3 years of post-degree research project management experience OR a Doctoral-level degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field and interest and knowledge in large study management (can involve thesis and dissertation work relevant to recruitment and data). Preferred: Doctoral-level degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field and two years of post-doc experience including but not limited to large study management OR Master's degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or closely related field AND 5 years of post-degree research project management experiences.

Unit Experience: See above.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Supervisory skills required. Lab management skills required. Advanced knowledge in relevant scientific field required. Advanced knowledge of research techniques or methods required. Knowledge of scientific applications and equipment required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

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