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Research Navigator

Company: WMU Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine
Location: Kalamazoo
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is seeking a Research Navigator for the Center for Clinical Research Program. The Research Navigator serves as a resource to WMed researchers (students, residents, and faculty) initiating investigator-led research studies. The Navigator is the first point of contact within the Office of Research and guides the investigator throughout the lifecycle of a protocol. - The Research Navigator collaborates with research service providers throughout WMed to ensure the efficient and logical workflow needed for successful research projects. This individual assists investigators in preparing timelines, identifying the research resources needed for planning and execution of research projects, referring investigators to the appropriate services, and assists in the regulatory submission process. - This individual will query active researchers regarding ongoing research projects and disseminate that information to medical students, graduate students, and residents and assist in pairing students and residents with researchers. -

  • Serves as gatekeeper and liaison for investigators requesting research support services within WMed. Support service providers include but are not limited to CCR staff, bioinformatics, medical librarians, faculty advisors, IACUC, IBC, and IRB administrative staff.
  • Facilitates project kick-off meeting with investigators to determine project scope and feasibility. This may include working with the hospital affiliates to assist with institutional approval.
  • Develops study timelines and establishes realistic expectations for study milestones. Updates timeline as needed during the life-cycle of the project.
  • Reviews and provides feedback on operational and regulatory aspects of the study design and protocol.
  • Tracks project requests, feedback, and other inquiries to ensure timely project development.
  • Identifies research gaps/challenges and participates in process improvement projects.
  • Advises and assists on initial and subsequent regulatory (IACUC, IRB, Biosafety) submissions.
  • Instructs investigators on requirements for research study files and archiving.
  • Assists in disseminating information on research processes to WMed students (medical and graduate), residents, faculty, and staff.
  • Availability to work on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
  • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
  • Oversee web site research content and ensure that the information provided is current.
  • Assists with special initiatives and projects as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor's degree in Nursing, Biomedical Science, or related field required
    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in academic, hospital, or pharmaceutical clinical research including protocol development or project management experience required
    • Experience preparing IRB submissions and compliance with regulatory requirements for research


      • Certification as Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), Clinical Research Associate (CRA), or Certified IRB Professional (CIP) desirable.
      • Training in Protection of Human Subjects and -Good Clinical Practice required.


        • Must have the ability to analyze and interpret complex information.
        • Understands scientific vocabulary necessary to interact with faculty, staff and students.
        • Communicates effectively on all levels both orally and in writing.
        • High level of organizational skills and ability to concurrently manage multiple tasks.
        • Meticulous attention to detail and data integrity.
        • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deliver results to meet assigned deadlines.
        • Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow.
        • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.


          • Knowledgeable in Federal, State and local regulations and guidelines for the conduct of human subject and animal research.
          • Experience preparing applications and other documents for submission to Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and/or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC).
          • Experience in investigator or research site training.
          • Working knowledge of scientific and medical concepts, terminology and clinical care procedures and standards.
          • Computer proficiency including MS Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other database programs.
          • Strong working knowledge of HIPAA, PHI, personal identifiable information, EMR, databases, and medical record documentation.
          • Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of workflow.
          • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.

            About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)

            We are committed to excellence and health equity through transformative medical education, high-quality, patient- and family-entered care, innovative research, and community partnerships within a just culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our vision is health equity for all in Southwest Michigan through innovation in the practice and study of medicine.

            The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon a $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed is a recipient of the Empowering Futures Gift, a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school. WMed contributes to the economic vitality of Southwest Michigan through the services we provide as well as the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an annual estimated economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties.

            WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. The medical school offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. We train physicians in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support our educational mission, we have Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

            WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

            The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

            WMed is building upon Kalamazoo's century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school's advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery. -
            Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace. -
            EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.

Keywords: WMU Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo , Research Navigator, Other , Kalamazoo, Michigan

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