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Research Operations Manager

Research Operations Manager in the Developmental Sciences
Developmental Mechanisms Program, Department of Medical Social Sciences,
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

The Developmental Mechanisms (DevMech) Program is looking to hire a Research Operations Manager to work
across multiple studies directed by developmental/clinical psychologist, Laurie Wakschlag, PhD and developmental
cognitive neuroscientist, Elizabeth Norton, PhD. The DevMech program conducts research at the intersection of
developmental and clinical science, spanning the prenatal period through early childhood. DevMech's research
aims to characterize early developmental patterns marking emergent mental health and other neurodevelopmental
risks, as well as prenatal influences on these pathways, and application to prevention. Multiple developmentally
sensitive methods are used (including EEG/ERP, MRI, and eye tracking), as well as behavioral and family
assessments and assessments of the social ecology, with emphasis on risk and resilience.

Research Operations Manager

The Research Operations Manager will maximize DevMech systems efficiency and accountability, through
implementation of operational best practices and creating economies of scale across multiple funded studies. The
manager will support the DevMech program as a whole, with strong focus on establishing efficient systems for the
national HEALthy Brain & Child Development Study (HBCD) and supporting the ongoing When to Worry
Studies. As the HBCD study is part of a national consortium, the manager will be the hub of communications with
the HBCD national coordinating centers and ensure that national communications are implemented at the
Northwestern site. The manager will have primary responsibility for creating, implementing and/or overseeing
program-wide project management systems (e.g., communication, scheduling systems, action items, meeting
minutes, etc) and training the team in active use. This individual will develop and refine clear and welldocumented
administrative procedures/manuals for program operations including staff onboarding, participant
payments, and a broad range of operational SOPs. The manager will oversee IRB processes across DevMech
studies and act as a liaison to Departmental Research Administration, University Systems, and external
collaborating sites. Additionally, this individual will oversee hiring of staff positions within DevMech and be the
program's primary liaison to Human Resources.

The ideal candidate will have a high level of initiative, close attention to detail, a proactive approach, and
outstanding ability to work well with a broad range of staff and investigators both within and outside of
Northwestern. The position requires a bachelor's degree (preferred master's degree in psychology, public health,
clinical investigation, or related field), and at least 2 years of project coordination or management experience.
Experience with developmental assessments of infants and young children and research involving children and
families is ideal.

Setting & Programmatic Focus

This position is an outstanding opportunity for individuals interested in supporting and engaging in research with
young children and families and getting an in-depth understanding of state-of-the-art methods for developmental
and family assessment. This individual will also participate in career development forums and opportunities of the
DevMech Program and interact closely with a diverse group of scientists including scholars in clinical psychology,
social work, neuroscience, developmental science, biostatistics and physician-scientists.

To formally apply for this position, please fill out an application through the Northwestern University
Career website through the following link.

- Research Operations Manager - Job ID 43066

Applicants are also requested to send the following documents to Dr. Renee Edwards

- a cover letter describing qualifications, interest in the position, and career goals

- a resume
- contact information for three references (to be contacted for finalists)

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

MSS is strongly committed to diversity and equity is critical to the mission of advancing excellence in academic
programs, world-class research, and health programs. As our healthcare and academic institutions serve
increasingly diverse constituencies, it is vital to understand the ways in which differences in gender, class, race,
ethnicity, religious affiliation, and other identities can both divide us and offer us better ways of thinking and
working. Applications are encouraged from diverse applicants and the Department is committed to supporting staff
to work in an increasingly diverse society by promoting equity and justice for all individuals, actively working to
eliminate barriers and obstacles created by institutional discrimination. Engagement in discrimination or harassment
against any person because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military
service, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression will not be tolerated. MSS has a central
objective to advance the health and wellbeing of diverse populations. The importance of respecting and valuing this
aspect of diversity permeates interactions and activities with faculty, trainees, and staff. Northwestern University is
an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals
with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to
apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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