The Research Associate in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) department will help establish, maintain, and provide daily technical research support to the Family Medicine/OMM clinic physicians at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University. This exciting and unique position will allow the incumbent to assist with the integration of basic science and clinical research projects. The position will require the applicant to work under the supervision of the Family Medicine/OMM clinic physicians as well as the basic science clinical researchers to accomplish assigned tasks. The Research Associate will mentor and train students in research methodologies, set up and run experiments, keep detailed research notes, and contribute to the publication and presentation of the projects. This position will also have a role in the development and implementation of future clinical research at the Midwestern Multispecialty clinic.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assists the Family Medicine/OMM clinic physicians at CCOM to establish, and develop, a substantial research presence at Midwestern University.
Works with the clinics physicians and researchers to improve, complete, and publish current departmental clinical research studies.
Provides guidance on research methods, answers questions, and provides any necessary training of faculty, students and staff.
Order and maintain research supplies and materials
Manage collection and storage of biological specimens from research studies.
Use search engines to identify/find and present options for the purchase of research equipment and educational supplies.
Has excellent computer skills and becomes an “expert user” of the involved EMR, RedCap, medical equipment and research related software.
Demonstrates a professional demeanor, has excellent written and spoken language skills, communicating frequently with the supervising faculty.
Must be self-motivated, organized, logical and efficient.
Provide daily support for ongoing clinical protocols to complete clinical measurements and procedures which may include (but not be limited to): eliciting and verifying patient medical history, obtaining vital signs (height, weight, temperature, pulse, blood pressure), and preparation of laboratory samples for transport, storage, and/or analysis.
Ensures adherence to all documentation requirements and processes.
Assists with scheduling research patients and students, and interacts professionally with them, following the requirements of IRB, HIPPA, and FERPA
Anticipates what is needed to successfully run experiments, is action oriented, and accountable for collecting/recording research data.
Performs regular literature searches, organize and summarize the studies and discuss with the supervising faculty.
May be asked to travel to sites of collaboration and/or training, and attend scientific meetings. Assist and participate in case study reviews, abstract submissions, article reviews, and manuscript preparation with faculty and/or students.
Assure patient/subject research confidentiality issues according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Assure compliance with policies and protocols of Midwestern University, Institutional Review Boards, FDA/governmental regulations, and multiple research organizations.
Strong experience and expertise in these areas are greatly preferred:
Experience with both basic science and clinical research, (examples include: working in a human performance laboratory, human physiology lab, academic medical center, clinical experience, physical or occupational therapy, rehabilitative medicine, chiropractic research)
Experience using biomedical software and research related equipment.
Work experience or training in a Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Neuroscience, or Musculoskeletal laboratory.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This person should enjoy working with college faculty and students and the general public. The individual should be able to handle complex scheduling issues. Collegiality and team work are essential attributes necessary to support a positive work environment.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, or other health related profession with a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant clinical or laboratory experience is required. Experience in PT, OT, human studies, IRB, are preferred. Advanced degrees (e.g. master of science) are also preferred, but not necessary.
Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) is required. Proficiency with PowerPoint, Blackboard, RedCap and ability to update a webpage is highly desirable. Familiarity with Image J, Sigma Stat, SPSS, iWorx is preferred.
Intermediate skills: Ability to write, read, and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to communicate effectively with students, staff and faculty.
Intermediate skills: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to work with and effectively manage people of diverse backgrounds and work styles.
Intermediate skills: add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra, geometry and statistics. Basic knowledge of statistical analysis of clinical research data is highly desirable.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee is regularly required to walk, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste and smell. The employee is frequently required to stand, use hands to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision correctable to 20/40 in one eye, color vision and depth vision, especially for using microscopes.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform certain essential functions. This individual will occasionally be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veteran’s status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a).
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