Title:  Research Coordinator I

Division:  Pediatrics
Schedule:  Monday -Friday, 20 hours per week
Work Location:  Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $14,073 - $17,500
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Requisition ID:  6836


Coordinates day-to-day activities of the SPARK study (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge; www.sparkforautism.org/texaschildrens) at the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital site and a clinical-drug trial evaluating outcomes among youth with genetic deletions of 16p11.2. Responsibilities include screening, enrolling, and conducting follow-up assessments with research participants; supporting families through the entire research process; monitoring data collection and data quality; evaluating effectiveness of various recruitment strategies; and performing all study related activities in accordance with IRB guidelines and ethical practices.

Job Duties

  • Interviews, screens, and recruits participants for the study; explains all processes and procedures to potential participants, as well as risks and benefits of participation.
  • Organizes frequent live enrollment events at the Autism Center or in conjunction with community partners. Supports families with SPARK study registration by phone, email, and/or during said live enrollments events. Dependent on COVID policies and procedures, may travel for events including in-person recruitment seminars, the annual SPARK meeting, investigator meetings associated to the clinical trials, and other outreach opportunities.
  • Uses research functions within the electronic medical record (Epic) to effectively identify and recruit potential participants.
  • Collects saliva samples for genetic analysis on children and adults during events and clinic appointments.
  • Corresponds with participants as needed throughout the study to answer questions, resolve problems, and provide support with the return of genetic findings.
  • Engages, retains, and supports families throughout the research study, including collection of information/data by phone, coordinating study appointments with families and the investigative team, and chaperoning families throughout their study visits (may last 2-3 days).
  • Performs some assessments (with training provided, as needed) and facilitates collection of any biological samples.
  • Maintains participants’ study files, all study records and regulatory documents, and manages/tracks distribution of participant incentives.
  • Prepares for and participates in site visits made by the sponsor and other entities. 
  • Collects, ships, and maintains paperwork for biological specimens, according to procedures outlined In the study protocol.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Works alongside the principal investigator to complete IRB protocols, modifications, and continuing reviews.
  • Cooperates in discussions during weekly team meetings and network conference calls.
  • Maintains lab website.
  • Designs outreach materials, orders supplies , and places food orders for outreach events and educational meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Three years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and In writing.
  • Must be comfortable calling families by phone, explaining all aspects of the study, and answering questions.
  • Must have prior experience with computer spreadsheets and database management.
  • Experience with electronic health records.
  • Experience with marketing via social media.





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.