The CLEAR Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for a Research Coordinator position. CLEAR stands for "Clarifying the Endocrinology of Acute Risk", and reflects our laboratory's focus on the role of ovarian steroid hormone changes in acute female suicide risk.
This is the lead Research Coordinator position for an upcoming 2-year NIMH-funded longitudinal experimental trial of ovarian hormone stabilization in females with chronic suicidality.
The trial is relatively small but intensive (n = 30 women, followed over 8 months each); therefore, this full-time Research Coordinator would take the lead on most of the daily tasks involved in running the trial. Tasks involved in this position including but not limited to general administrative management of the project schedule, assisting the PI with regulatory and financial paperwork, communication with participants, and overseeing/conducting the majority of the 270 laboratory visits (1 hour) that will take place over 2 years (clinical interviews, Trier Social Stress Test, blood draws, computerized cognitive tasks).
Participants in the trial will be a multidiagnostic group of women who report chronic suicidality, and the design follows these women across up to 8 months; therefore, this job includes the opportunity to gain supervised clinical and clinical research experience under the supervision of the PI, Clinical Psychologist Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, Ph.D. This makes the position ideal for someone with an interest in pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Neuroscience who wishes to build a career in experimental clinical research. Opportunities to write scientific manuscripts on existing data will be provided, and mentorship in applications to graduate school will be available if desired.
Headed by Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, Ph.D. (Site: www.toryeisenlohrmoul.com; Twitter: @eisenlohr_moul), this NIMH R00 grant-funded study is a three-arm, within-person clinical trial (lasting 6 menstrual cycles, or up to 8 months) designed to compare perimenstrual (around menses) ovarian hormone withdrawal under placebo (condition A) to perimenstrual stabilization of estradiol (condition B) to perimenstrual stabilization of progesterone (condition C). All participants will receive each condition in a counterbalanced order. Preliminary results from the linked K99 grant-funded study indicate that perimenstrual hormone stabilization (of both estradiol and progesterone) results in lower perimenstrual suicidality in chronically suicidal females. The ultimate goal of this exciting experimental work is to identify and prevent increased perimenstrual risk for suicide attempts in at-risk females, potentially by combining interventions like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul's clinical specialty) with long-term hormone stabilization.
Because the CLEAR Lab is currently in the process of moving to UIC (from its previous location in Dr. Mitchell Prinstein's lab at UNC Chapel Hill), the job ad has not yet posted at the new institution. However, the job start date is flexible and could begin any time from mid-January 2018 to June 2018. The job itself would begin as a 2-year contract (for the duration of the project); there is funding for a 3rd year project manager, and therefore a third year of employment can be offered if desired by the post-bac and if warranted by positive performance reviews.
Requires minimum of a BA/BS degree in any field (preference for neuroscience or psychology degree); some research or administrative experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational and time management skills, and some flexibility in scheduling. Preference will be given to those who are enthusiastic about a career in clinical research. Anticipate ~$42,000 (1.0 FTE) annual salary along with benefits package. Position is subject to the institution's standard procedures for criminal background check.
Review of application materials will begin July 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a 1-page letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul at firstname.lastname@example.org. Structured reference forms will be requested in a later stage of the process.
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