Clinical Research Coordinator with focus on psychedelics

Position description:

The Research Coordinator has the opportunity to work on all aspects of the research process, from design to dissemination. Research duties include, but are not limited to: managing research projects in the lab; creating protocols and stimuli; administering experiments; recruiting participants; managing research assistants; organizing lab meetings; conducting literature searches; coding and analyzing data; assisting with manuscript editing and preparation; and preparing conference presentations. They are also likely to be a co-author on manuscripts submitted for publication. Some of the research coordinator’s time may also go to administrative tasks that are not always directly tied to research.

Current research at the center focuses on psychedelics, MDMA assisted psychotherapy, social anxiety, shame, compassion, belongingness, social signaling functions of emotion, OCD, processes of change in psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. A large portion of this person’s time will be spent supporting an upcoming randomized trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder.

We are currently in the hiring process and not accepting any more applications for summer of 2020. The job will post again in spring of 2021.

Responsibilities:

Technical

  • Recruits study participants
  • Reviews and obtains informed consent
  • Schedules study visits with participants
  • Conducts interviews and assessments
  • Scores test results
  • Collects survey data
  • Reviews medical records
  • Manages longitudinal data tracking
  • Consults with clinical staff to coordinate research
  • Maintains databases
  • Data entry
  • Assists in manuscript editing and preparation
  • Writes lay summaries and blog posts related to lab research
  • Performs scientific literature searches in support of research
  • Obtains articles and references for investigators
  • Update reference databases using reference management software
  • Trains research assistants on study protocols

Administration

  • Maintains and follows standard operating procedures
  • Assists in maintenance of lab webpages and online recruitment forms
  • Assists in maintenance of lab-related social media
  • Assists in recruiting, managing, and training volunteer research assistants
  • Assists in administering internal grant program
  • Manages participant scheduling
  • Community outreach/marketing
  • Purchasing equipment and supplies
  • Hardware/software maintenance
  • Managing human subject protocols
  • Coordinating events and meetings 
  • Attending lab meetings 
  • Assists in event management 
  • Assists in public relations pertaining to research
  • Assists in maintaining security of organization and lab

Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in a major such as psychology or related social/health science; OR appropriate combination of education and experience
  • Minimum one year of research experience
  • Communicates effectively, electronically, in-person, one-to-one and in groups
  • Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient and productive manner
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Effective time management skills
  • Basic clinical interviewing experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a clinical research environment.
  • Previous experience conducting assessments of psychological functioning
  • Ability to have flexible hours to accommodate participants
  • Previous work or education involving clinical psychology, clinical counseling, clinical social work, or related field or experience
  • Training in statistical analysis
  • Proficiency with statistical analysis software (R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Knowledge of FDA and federal regulatory compliance

For more information about the lab, and to request details about the job, visit https://portlandpsychotherapytraining.com/research-lab-at-portland-psychotherapy/

or email the lab at humanresources@portlandpsychotherapyclinic.com.

This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week) that comes with a full benefits package. The schedule is reasonably flexible, and requires daytime hours and some evening/weekend availability. The review of applications is ongoing until hire is made. The position requires a minimum 2 year commitment.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume or CV to humanresources@portlandpsychotherapy.com.  If you are selected, you will also be asked to submit information from three references.

About Portland Psychotherapy:

Portland Psychotherapy is based on a social enterprise model that attempts to contribute to the social good in four areas:

  1. Our local community– through providing clinical services (including a reduced fee), psychotherapy training and workshops, supervision of trainees, and support for local therapists
  2. The wider community– through contributing to scientific research and scholarship, dissemination of innovations, and participation in national and international organizations
  3. Employees– providing an excellent place to work with high quality of life for employees
  4. The natural environment– through managing our environmental footprint in sustainable ways that minimize our negative impact on the planet

All profits generated at Portland Psychotherapy are used to fund our local and wider community social good efforts. This includes the clinic’s low fee services and training programs. In addition, these funds are what support all the research our center conducts including dedicated salary support for doctoral researchers, research coordinators, or trainees involved in research. Our funding structure protects Portland Psychotherapy from the vicissitudes of grant funding and allows us to focus on furthering science rather than chasing grants. This also allows our clinicians to operate in a true scientist-practitioner model through opportunities to both contribute to and benefit from research conducted in the center. More information about our unique business model can be found here. A listing of our scientific publications can be found here.

We are a collaborative group of skilled clinicians and researchers who work together to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve and to use our work to contribute to the broader scientific community. We all have a shared commitment to using science to address the problem of human suffering. We are motivated to develop and maintain expertise in what we do and are continually training and educating ourselves to excel in our areas of expertise. We are looking to add additional team members who share this vision. We strongly value cooperation and collaboration among our staff. Portland Psychotherapy is also highly committed to affirming inclusivity and diversity. Our center’s organizational structure allows us to serve clients with and without insurance, as well as those in financial need through sliding scale and low fee services.

Portland is a fantastic city that is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in America. The city has a vibrant and growing community of ACT clinicians and researchers and Portland Psychotherapy is seen by this community as a leading center for evidence-based therapy, ACT, training, and research in the area. Our center is housed in a beautifully restored 1889 Victorian home in the vibrant N. Williams corridor area of Portland which provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients and staff alike. For more information about building please see our website.