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Human Subjects Research Coordinator 

Job ID# 235246 Apply online at URMC Careers

The Psychosis Research Group at the University of Rochester Medical Center is searching for a full-time Human Subjects Research Coordinator. Twenty hours per week will be dedicated to the following recruitment-oriented activities: (a) recruiting people with psychotic and mood disorders for studies conducted by Drs. Steven Silverstein, Brian Keane, Judy Thompson and Joy Choi in the Department of Psychiatry, and Dr. David Dodell-Feder in the Department of Psychology; (b) being in close communication with the Project Coordinators of ongoing studies to notify those coordinators about potentially eligible participants; (c) assisting with scheduling appointments for different studies; and (d) attending weekly lab meetings of the above-mentioned PIs. For a list of ongoing studies visit the STAR Projects page

The remaining 20 hours of the position will involve performing duties for the Keane Vision & Psychosis Lab.  These include: (e) administering behavioral, oculomotor, and neuroimaging assessments of visual perception; (f) conducting diagnostic, symptom and functional assessment interviews; (g) maintaining and updating study databases (e.g., in SPSS, RedCAP); (h) preparing materials for IRB review; (i) delegating responsibilities to other lab members; (j) preparing written scientific results for publication and conference presentation; and (k) assisting with administrative/clerical duties as needed.  For more details, visit the Keane Lab

Essential Duties:

50%     Participant recruitment

  • Conducts face-to-face recruitment efforts at University of Rochester clinics, at other local clinics serving people with serious mental illness and at psychiatric residential settings (e.g., East House group homes).
  • Attends clinical staff meetings so that clinicians can appropriately inform patients of ongoing studies.
  • Attends community meetings to directly inform patients about ongoing research opportunities.
  • Communicates regularly with Project Coordinators from studies being conducted by Drs. Silverstein, Keane, Thompson, Choi, and Dodell-Feder.
  • Attends lab meetings of each of the Principal Investigators listed above. 

20%     Clinical interviewing and data collection

  • Conducts clinical interviews with mood or psychotic disorder patients for ascertaining diagnosis, symptom levels, and level of functioning.
  • Implements protocols for behavioral testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

20%     Project Management

  • Conduct all study-related IRB correspondence, including: creating initial submissions, protocol amendments and exceptions; drafting protocols, consent forms, and recruitment materials; reporting protocol deviations and adverse events; and submitting annual continuing reviews of active and inactive studies.
  • Collaborates with Dr. Keane to ensure regulatory and other documents (e.g., NIH progress reports) are complete and on time. 
  • Complete regular subject chart reviews.

5%       Data Management

  • Ensures the integrity and security of all paper and electronic study data.
  • Oversee data entry and supervise other study staff in using REDCap databases.

5%       Reporting and dissemination

  • Assist in the writing and editing of presentations and publications of study findings.

Candidate will subscribe to the department's goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating research subjects and co-workers in a sensitive and caring manner.  The Research Assistant must complete the Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) and NIH' s Good Clinical Practice training.  This position also requires participation in available cultural competency training. The candidate must have a car and a valid driver license.

The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and 1 year of experience in human subject research coordination, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and experience in administering clinical instruments such as the SCID and PANSS.  

Preference will be given to those who can commit to two years of service.  The start date is flexible, but early Spring or late Winter is preferred.  Informal inquiries regarding the position are welcome and may be directed to Drs. Steve Silverstein ( or Brian Keane (