Job Summary:

Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) is hiring a Clinical Research Project Manager to oversee all activities associated with biomedical and/or social-behavioral research studies considered very complex by the inclusion of several of the following:

Multiple investigators, teams, sites, sub-contracts, participants, longitudinal assessments/ interventions; and/or multi-million dollar budgets. Ensures completion of contract requirements and client specifications. Oversees day-to-day operations including identifying and securing needed resources; creating, implementing, monitoring, and updating project plans; facilitating meetings with appropriate parties; tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones and/or goals are attained; monitoring and reporting progress as appropriate; and resolving or escalating issues in a timely manner. May co-author scientific papers for presentation and publication and coordinates writing, submission and administration of grants. Ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and all current local, state, and federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy and procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), and the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).

Duties include:


  • Provides complex scientific and technical leadership in determining research priorities and the plan, design and execution of research projects ensuring that programs of investigation meet specified objectives.
  • Plans, develops and implements new processes and protocols to support research studies and maximize/extend study capabilities.
  • Oversees completion of study activities per protocol. Collaborating with nursing staff and Principal Investigator (PI) ascertains pretreatment and eligibility requirements; interviews participants and obtains social and medical histories; based on results determines and registers participants with appropriate sponsors; completes informed consent; determines and organizes patient’s treatment and test schedules.
  • Ensures that study protocols are in compliance with appropriate rules and regulations and reviews study progress and recommends revisions, amendments, and/or other study changes as necessary to better meet needs of sponsors.
  • Manages conduct of experimental tests and procedures. Closely monitors and documents patient’s adverse events; partners with nursing staff in modifying dosages, tests and treatment schedule.
  • Reviews scientific literature and evaluates and recommends applicable techniques and procedures.


  • Analyzes, evaluates and interprets data to determine relevance to research.
  • Assists PI in developing statistical methods and models to analyze and report data based upon study requirements.
  • Prepares results and may co-author scientific papers for presentation and publication and disseminates information via seminars, lectures, etc.
  • Creates data for use in grant submission and develop new proposals for research including obtaining financial support.
  • Acts as liaison between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations and/or other research and/or educational institutions.
  • Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws and research protocols are completed in a timely manner.


  • Manages project data including processing, accuracy, analysis and evaluation of data ensuring that results meet project information and deliverable objectives.
  • Partners with internal/external project and IT staff to create, review, analyze, interpret, summarize and prepare progress and final reports.
  • Provides consultation to internal/external project staff on appropriate data management, methodological issues and analysis of data.


  • May create and/or manage research study budget which may include deciding on and approving expenditures of funds based on budget.
  • Monitors accounts.
  • Negotiates prices and specifications with vendors.
  • Purchases supplies, materials, equipment & services.
  • Ensures appropriate allocation and compliance.
  • Invoices study sponsors for study tests/procedures.
  • Coordinates and participates in budgetary negotiations with industry sponsors.


  • Trains, directs, assigns duties to and may supervise lab EEs, students, residents and/or fellows.
  • Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications Required:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 5 years’ research study or other relevant experience required; OR
  • Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master’s or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years’ research study or other relevant experience.
  • Supervisory or project management experience.
  • Must complete NU’s IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants and must re-certify every 3 years.
  • Phlebotomy Experience
  • Experience working with LGBTQ+/SGM/TGNC/gender-expansive individuals, specifically youth.
  • Familiarity with basic computer programs including Microsoft Excel/Word/Ppt, Adobe, and Google.
  • Experience handling and processing biospecimens and sending them via medical courier services.
  • 2+ years direct service experience working with clients/participants in clinical and/or other community setting.

To Apply: To apply for this position, navigate to Northwestern’s career website (Job ID 47427).