Human Neuroimaging Research Trials Coordinator

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Human Neuroimaging Research Trials Coordinator

Stanford University

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Job Code: 4923

Job Grade: H

The PanLab for Precision Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science is recruiting for a Human Neuroimaging Research Trials Coordinator. The PanLab is a precision psychiatry and clinical translational neuroscience research group that aims to use brain imaging approaches to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. The Coordinator would conduct clinical research on several biomarker trials using brain imaging and behavioral measures to predict treatment outcomes in depression and anxiety. The focus of these biomarker trials is on treatments for depression and anxiety that encompass off label drugs targeting dopamine action and neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. These interventions are selected because of theoretically-motivated effects on human brain circuits and accompanying behavior. The main goals of these brain imaging-guided trials are to identify biomarkers that allow us to tailor interventions to individuals based on their brain profile and to understand the mechanisms of intervention.

The primary tasks of the Human Neuroimaging Research Trials Coordinator will be coordination and implementation of the neuroimaging guided trials. The protocols require assessments using functional magnetic resonance imaging and computerized behavioral testing before and after interventions. Additional testing may also be required, including an EEG and saliva or blood sampling for DNA. It would be expected that the Coordinator would develop and manage protocols for participant scheduling, coordinate the workflow for study assessments conducted pre and post-interventions and implement the study assessments. In addition the Coordinator would manage quality control and pre-process the functional magnetic resonance imaging data, behavioural assessments and other data acquired by questionnaires, and ensure completeness and accuracy. The Coordinate would interface with MD and clinical personnel to manage the intervention protocols and report on the research under the guidance of the principal investigator via regular project meetings.

Because the research involves human neuroimaging-guided designs and not traditional clinical trials, the structure of the project requires a very hands-on role for the coordinator. The position requires a deep interest in human neuroimaging-guided research trials, sufficient prior experience in neuroimaging-relevant settings, along with a comfortability with trial protocols and with participant interaction.

The position will be based within a collaborative team and the PanLab values cooperation, fairness, efficiency and conscientiousness.

Duties include:

  • Coordinate and implement subject recruitment, project workflows and intervention protocols and NIH recruitment target goals. This requires direct to community recruitment strategies since participants are not coming through a clinic referral, which may be more typical of traditional trials. Determine effective strategies for promoting/recruiting research participants and retaining participants in long-term clinical trials.
  • Develop and manage systems to organize, collect, report, and monitor data collection. Extract, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Develop project schedules, targets, measurements, and accountabilities, as assigned. Lead project meetings ad prepare/approve minutes.
  • Undertake these pre- and post-intervention, including functional magnetic resonance imaging and computerized behavioral assessments as the primary outcome measures to assess the impact of interventions.
  • Quality control and pre-process the functional magnetic resonance imaging data, the behavioral assessments and the other data acquired by questionnaire, and ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Ensure data are managed effectively using the project databases and scripts.
  • Formally supervise, train, and/or mentor new staff or students, as assigned, potentially including hiring, preparing and performing related duties, in addition to instruction on project work.
  • Monitor and manage quality issues associated with the study assessments (such as eligibility for neuroimaging) and report adverse events related to study protocols and resolve study queries.
  • Work with principal investigator to report regularly to the funding agencies, primarily NIH. Ensure Institutional Review Board renewals are completed.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned

  • At least 1-2 years previous full-time research experience in human research settings in the fields of Psychology, Cognitive Neurosciences or cognate fields, at a post-Bachelor's level or higher;
  • At least 1-2 years of hands-on experience in acquiring and/or processing human fMRI data;
  • Hands-on experience with participants experiencing mental health issues and relevant interventions;
  • Hands-on experience with observational human trials using neuroimaging, behavioral and/or physiological endpoints;
  • Familiarity with clinical trial protocol requirements
  • Proficiency with basic programming and scripts;
  • Ability to be proactive, solution-focused, efficient, self-directed, adaptable and organized
  • Demonstrated skills relevant to coordinating and implementing human neuroimaging research trials

    Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of experience in clinical research, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications.
  • Experience with research protocols and regulatory or governing bodies, which include HIPAA and FDA regulations, Institutional Review Board requirements, and Good Clinical Practices.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, specifically knowledge of human neuroscience research terminology.


    CITI training and certification for human subjects research is preferred.

  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping.
  • Occasionally sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.

    *- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious disease and infections.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.


    Location: School of Medicine, California, United States
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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    Posted: 5/8/2018
    Application Due: 7/9/2018
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