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$60,509 - $66,790 /year
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RX Contract
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8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#113072 HBCD Study Site Monitor

Extended Deadline: Tue 2/1/2022

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Job posting will remain open until position is filled.


The Healthy Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study is a large-scale longitudinal study of the brain, cognitive, and emotional development that will follow mothers and their children from before birth through the first decade of life. The project will involve over 7,000 families at 25 sites across the United States and the close partnership of over 500 investigators, research staff, consultants, external board members, and federal collaborators from a dozen NIH institutes and offices. The HBCD Consortium seeks to better understand which harmful and protective environments exert the greatest impact on child development. Knowledge gained from this research will help to improve the health and development of children across the nation.

The HBCD Site Monitor will plan, evaluate, develop, implement, and maintain training procedures for the study to ensure scientific integration for the consortium and standardization of a complex, core protocol across all 25 project sites throughout the United States. Responsible for ensuring training is tailored to the specific needs of the research site. Will work closely with other key personnel to ensure ongoing training and protocol implementation in structured clinical interviews, neurocognitive assessments, biospecimen collection, use of novel technologies such as biosensors, MRI, EEG, managing difficult situations, subject retention, and to maintain cross-site standardization, reliability, and quality control. Analyze, develop, and make recommendations for new procedures and content to enhance the curriculum and delivery as well as to address and avoid staff burnout in this highly complex project.

Responsible for the development of training materials (Standard Operating Procedures, videos, webinars), organizing multi-day training workshops, traveling to study sites on an annual basis to conduct on-site visits, and leading regular and ad hoc protocol administration teleconferences for consortium research staff as required. Oversee and monitor data collection progress at all study sites, respond to inquiries from staff across all sites, and provide evaluation reports to principal investigators.


  • Bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience or a related field, or equivalent experience/training.

  • Experience working in a research setting; demonstrated knowledge of behavioral assessments, structured interviews, brain imaging (EEG and MRI), and biospecimen collection.

  • Experience with protocols and principles related to human subjects protection standards and ethical research standards.

  • Experience working on a multi-site, multi-investigator research study involving a pediatric population.

  • Must be willing and able to view blood draws and provide feedback. Ability and willingness to train others on blood draw procedures and protocols.

  • Demonstrated experience in training program development with ability to write and modify curriculum.

  • Strong skills to conduct needs assessment and development of new training courses to meet organizational needs.

  • Excellent analysis skills to help identify gaps in logic of proposed protocol elements in implementation.

  • Ability to provide constructive critiques and suggestions on the fly during site visits.

  • Experience with REDCap and basic data management principles.

  • Proven experience maintaining quality control in coordinator and data management related responsibilities.

  • Excellent public speaking skills, writing, editing, spelling, and proofreading skills including knowledge of proper formats, grammar, structure, and content to draft training materials, reports, and correspondence independently; proven ability to write clearly and succinctly.

  • Advanced skill in using Microsoft Office software to prepare reports, graphics, tables, letters/memos, spreadsheets, and presentations. Ability to use software such as Adobe Creative Suite to create professional quality training manuals and videos.

  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must be willing and able to dedicate significant time on travel status (approximately 25% of the time) to visit HBCD Study site locations for on-site monitoring and evaluation.

  • Occasional overtime, evenings, and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing and able to view blood draws and provide feedback.

  • Preferred: willingness to undergo MRI scans across research sites; no MRI contraindications.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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