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Technical Research Personnel

Overall Role/Responsibility

This role includes, but is not limited to, the following: students, research technologists, lab managers, IT developers, research analysts, study coordinators and senior researchers in departments, centers, and institutes.

Provide support for Principal Investigator (PI) by performing research activities while ensuring adherence to all applicable regulations and policies. Duties may include participation in design, execution and management of research activities.

The following roles and responsibilities will depend on the organizational structure of the individual labs and departments.

Proposals and Awards

If your position involves proposal submission or post-award activities, please refer to Administrative Research Personnel Roles and Responsibilities

Research Conduct

Human Research Participants

  • Assist PI to prepare Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol submissions
  • Assist the PI to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants through data security of consents and other protected records
  • Assist the PI to ensure all documents related to the research protocol and the IRB application and approval are up-to-date
  • Assist PI to promptly report and/or suspend research activity as necessary to respond to Reportable New Information (RNIs)

Clinical Trials

  • Ensure clinical trials are conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Assist PI with preparation and submission of clinical trial forms and reports

Animal Subjects

  • Participate in all relevant training when working with animals
  • Adhere to Approved Animals Use Protocol when working with animals

Research Safety

  • Routinely dispose of hazardous materials
  • Wear personal protective equipment, as required, and keep work areas clean/organized
  • Mentor students in relation to safety issues
  • Complete required training
  • Never work alone with hazardous materials or processes

Research Integrity

  • Support research in an ethical and compliant manner
  • Identify and attend required training courses
  • Assist PI when communicating and ensuring Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements for NSF supported undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows as well as all trainees, participants, and scholars supported through applicable NIH awards

Conflict of Interest (COI)

  • Understand research related COI policies and processes
  • Complete COI training and disclosure requirments, when appropriate

Patents and Inventions

  • Assist PI to promptly disclose all inventions to the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO)

Export Controls

  • Adhere to Northwestern’s Export Control Compliance Policy and federal policies
  • Elevate concerns to PI
  • Prepare Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and submit to OSR for signatures and approval prior to any materials being sent to collaborators