Clinical Neuroscience Research Coordinator

California, United States
18 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

The PanLab for Precision Mental Health and Translational Neuroscience within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science is focused on developing precision medicine approaches for mental health spanning mood, anxiety and attention disorders. Our research is centered on the goal of developing new brain-based classifications that inform an understanding of the individual and subsequent treatment selection. The PanLab is currently recruiting for a Clinical Neuroscience Research Coordinator. This position will assist with the studies that focus on neuroimaging and related measures to characterize depression and anxiety and to understand treatment outcomes.   This position would be a primary coordinator for of a multi-site human subjects research project using brain imaging to assess brain network mechanisms that characterize which individuals with treatment resistant Major Depressive Disorder respond to rTMS and why. The position would also be a back up for studies using similar neuroimaging protocols and would receive cross-training across projects. The primary focus of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Coordinator will be to screen potential human participants, schedule testing sessions, and perform participant assessments using functional MRI, cognitive testing, questionnaires and clinical interviews. The position requires a deep interest in the subject area and exceptional interpersonal skills necessary for participant interactions, including in-telephone and in-person interviews, and for each of the assessment modalities. The position will be supervised and mentored by an inter-disciplinary team of investigators spanning the Schools of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Following completion of training there may opportunities to assist with pre-processing of data and contributing to outcomes, including for scientific reports and publications.   Within the PanLab the Clinical Neuroscience Research Coordinator positions have the experience of coordinating the full operational flow of a study, from start up, through recruitment, managing the data acquisition process and contributing to data processing and outcomes. This experience requires a particular skillset and interest in the field. It offers the opportunity to gain additional skills that equip coordinators for future career paths.   The position will be based within a collaborative team and the PanLab values cooperation, fairness, efficiency and conscientiousness.   Note: Interested candidates should include a CV or resume and Cover Letter addressing how your education and experience relates to the position as described above.

Duties include:

  • Serve as primary contact with research participants, sponsors, and regulatory agencies. Coordinate studies from startup through close-out.
  • Determine eligibility of and gather consent from study participants according to protocol.
  • Assist in developing recruitment strategies.
  • Coordinate and independently implement functional magnetic resonance imaging sessions with research participants.
  • Coordinate and independently administer cognitive testing, questionnaires and interviews that accompany the functdional magnetic resonance imaging sessions.
  • Manage the quality control and collation of study data for completeness and accuracy.
  • Prepare institutional Review Board submissions.
  • Coordinate documents, and attend and contribute to project meetings.
  • Interact with the principal investigator regularly, ensuring patient safety and adherence to proper study conduct.
  • Manage project binders and ensure the study records meet institutional and regulatory requirements
  • Manage participant compensation according to the study budget
  • Order and maintain equipment and supplies.

* - Other duties may also be assigned  


  • Previous research experience in the fields of Biology, Psychology or Neurosciences or related fields;
  • 1-3 years of related hands-on human subjects research experience;
  • Previous work with human participants;
  • Knowledge and Implementation of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines;
  • Experience in the coordination of studies monitored by Clinical Research Organizations or Governmental Agencies (FDA);
  • Understanding of treatment study regulations and clinical document requirements;
  • Familiarity with the regulation and compliance of sensitive data storage and transfer;
  • Proficiency with programs and basic scripts used in data management;
  • Experience with brain imaging techniques or capacity to learn them quickly


Two year college degree and two years related work experience or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and relevant experience.


  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of medical research terminology.


Society of Clinical Research Associates or Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification is preferred.


  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat and use fine light/fine grasping.
  • Occasionally sit, reach above shoulders, perform desk based computer tasks, use a telephone and write by hand, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, grasp forcefully, sort and file paperwork or parts, rarely lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.
  • Position may at times require the employee to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or exposure to chemicals, blood, body fluid or tissues and risk of exposure to contagious diseases and infections.
  • May require extended or unusual work hours based on research requirements and business needs.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4924
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: F
  • Requisition ID: 88035

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