Research Coordinator in Aberdeen, MD at DCS

Date Posted: 6/17/2020

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Job Description

DCS Corporation is seeking a talented Research Coordinator to support U.S. Army scientific research objectives. This position will be on-site with our Army customer in Aberdeen, MD and require familiarity with a broad set of research tools and skills.  The Research Coordinator will be responsible for working with the customer to facilitate collaborative research and human subjects data collection both internally and with external organizations. This will include supporting development of collaborative workshops, as well as remote on-site support of set up and tracking of on-going experiments.

Essential Job Functions:

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for working with our Army customer to support collaborative activities with external research partners, track IRB processes, documentation and interactions, working with external collaborators and the IRB on reliance agreements, and providing general support to our customer's primary investigators.

Supporting development of team building workshops to facilitate collaborative research.  One of the goals of the program this position supports is developing relationships with research collaborators outside of the Army and working with them to develop and execute joint experiments.  The Research Coordinator may be requested to lead or support workshops in areas they are familiar with.

Working with the IRB to develop and track necessary documentation including reliance agreements, protocols, deviation logs, continuing review.  Much of the research is conducted at external sites so it's expect that much of the IRB interaction will be related to reliance agreements or helping external collaborators develop protocol documents for their IRB.

On-site visits to external partner laboratories to assist with setup of equipment provided by the Army for their portion of the research program.  This will include software that implements experimental tasks as well as physiological sensors to be worn by participants.  This support will be coordinated with and assisted by the engineering teams developing these systems.

Development of questionnaires and surveys in Qualtrics and other survey tools.

Tracking of laboratory equipment purchases and tracking equipment that has been loaned to external partners for testing and data collection.

Maintaining a catalog of data sets that have been collected throughout the program as additional data sets are generated.

Support set up and use of remote data collection such as mTurk for out-of-lab studies.

Required Skills:

Due to the sensitivity of customer related requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required.

Bachelors degree and minimum of 4 years of experience directly with human subjects research.  A masters degree is preferred.

Strong knowledge of the standard processes and procedures related to developing research protocols, IRB interactions, reliance agreements, data collection, data set organization.

Knowledge of tools for developing surveys and questionnaires, including Qualtrics.

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Teams, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Outlook.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Must have or complete required CITI certifications for work with human subjects.


Travel within the US will be required to support external collaborators.  Travel needs will vary throughout the year as experiments start and end.  We expect it will be 25% to 50% during periods when multiple studies are running.