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Gene Ferrick <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:34:01 -0400
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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

The Brain Assessment Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, has an opening for a Study Coordinator to begin in May or June 2012.

We seek a Study Coordinator to work full-time on a longitudinal clinical research project. This work is conducted at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA. The research project, directed by Dr. Connie Duncan, involves assessment of brain structure and function in injured service members (with mild traumatic brain injury [TBI] or other injuries but no TBI). Subjects are followed over time to evaluate clinical outcome, with an emphasis on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as post-concussion symptoms, headache, emotional distress, and quality of life. Assessments include event-related brain potentials, neuroimaging, and neurocognitive and neurological tasks. Clinical interviews and self-report measures are also administered.

The Study Coordinator is the primary point of contact for the study and will work with Dr. Duncan to execute all aspects of the investigation, including: Subject recruitment and consent (establishing enrollment targets, developing and implementing plans to meet project goals, tracking patient flow, and recruiting and consent interviews) Tracking and managing the flow of subject scheduling and testing, scheduling as needed, and coordinating schedules with clinicians Subject testing, including scheduling and conducting clinical interviews, electrophysiological assessments, neurological and neurocognitive evaluations Maintaining patient records and databases, including data entry and data quality assurance Supervision of staff Administrative procedures, e.g., budgeting and purchasing Preparing amendments, submissions, and continuing reviews for IRBs Tracking and reporting on recruitment and patient events to funding bodies Maintaining contact with staff of other TBI studies and clinical providers

The ideal candidate will be upbeat, energetic, patient, well-organized, responsible, and detail-oriented. S/he will have a can-do attitude, be good at multitasking, and possess outstanding problem-solving skills. Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a range of people in a variety of capacities is a must.

Requirements include an excellent academic record and research experience, English fluency, a master’s or doctoral degree, a car and valid driver’s license, and U.S. Citizenship. We are also looking for demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills, which are required to work successfully with Co-Investigators, multi-disciplinary TBI and PTSD evaluation and treatment teams, research assistants, and research subjects. Previous experience with subject recruiting, institutional review boards, funding agencies, and regulatory procedures, EEG/ERP recording, Microsoft Office, and statistical packages (e.g., SPSS) is highly desirable. Some weekend work and flexible scheduling will be needed.

The start date is May or June 2012, and we request a commitment of 2 years. A competitive salary and benefits package is offered and will be commensurate with qualifications. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, three letters of recommendation, and a transcript by email to Dr. Connie Duncan at [log in to unmask]