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Autism Informatics Project Manager

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Position Type: Staff
Location: Portland, ME Campus
Categories: Regional Campuses

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University’s Roux Institute is designed as an engine of innovation, talent-building, and economic growth for Portland, Maine, and northern New England. Partnerships set our model of graduate education and research apart. With leading companies and nonprofit organizations at the table from day one, we’re creating programs that are preparing the workforce to stay agile and thrive in a competitive landscape powered by artificial intelligence. We’re nurturing an environment for high-impact research and innovation in computer and data science, digital engineering, the advanced life sciences and medicine, and other tech fields. And we’re helping entrepreneurs launch businesses focused on and powered by technology. Together, we envision an “innovation corridor” that in the coming years will stretch from Boston to Portland and beyond.

The Autism Informatics Research Program is a collaboration between faculty at Northeastern University (NU) and Maine Medical Center (MMC), supported through the Roux Institute, working on a project entitled “Predicting Challenging Behaviors in Psychiatric Inpatients with Autism Using Wearable Biosensor Data and Machine Learning Algorithms.” The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether clinical staff can use peripheral physiological arousal and motion data measured by a wearable biosensor to predict aggression to others, self-injury, and emotion dysregulation in youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

ASD is one of the most common childhood disorders (1 in 59), and it is associated with high health care costs. Youth with ASD are also at increased risk for a range of co-occurring psychiatric and behavioral issues compared to the general population. Aggression, self-injury, and emotion dysregulation are some of the most frequently observed challenging behaviors in youth with ASD, especially in the more severely affected, and rank among the most common causes for referral to behavioral healthcare services. Physical aggression, including hitting, biting, scratching, and throwing objects at others, is particularly debilitating because it often occurs without warning, sometimes long after any observable trigger, creating an environment of unpredictability. Unpredictable aggression can create a barrier to accessing community, therapeutic, medical, and educational services. For instance, families report that aggression increases their stress, isolation, and financial burden and decreases available support options because they are understandably afraid to put their child with ASD into potentially stressful environments that might lead to aggression without warning. Frequent aggression can also have harmful effects on professional support providers, leading to increased sick days, higher turnover rates, and compensatory payments for injury. This predicament can demoralize parents and providers, accelerate negative patient trajectories, and lead to homebound or residential living placement, collectively decreasing quality of life while increasing healthcare costs.


We seek a Project Manager to assist our testing of the feasibility, usability, and incipient efficacy of a real-time push notification system capable of automatically alerting inpatient staff of imminent aggression to others, self-injury, and emotion dysregulation. Specific responsibilities include:

• Physical presence in Portland, ME;

• Consult with leadership and key stakeholders to clarify and define project requirements;

• Create and maintain the product backlog and prioritize among requirements during implementation;

• Oversee daily project management and administration, including planning deliverables, monitoring performance, managing timelines, and resolving problems that hinder the team’s work;

• Escalate project issues and roadblocks to management for resolution as appropriate;

• Ensure the project is completed by defined schedules; and

• Develop and maintain strong relationships with third-party vendors as stakeholders in project completion.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Exemplify and promote Agile values and principles;

• Knowledge of an Agile framework or method (i.e., Scrum, Kanban), or understanding of software development life cycle models;

• In-depth knowledge of traditional project management principles and practices;

• Ability to execute in a fast-paced, high-demand environment while balancing multiple priorities;

• Lead, organize, and execute with little or no direction, deliver commitments on time, and work on a team within a fast pace environment;

• Analyze, draw conclusions, and make recommendations from data;

• Outstanding communication, facilitation, negotiation, and coaching skills; and

• Clearly and concisely communicate verbally and in writing.


• Master’s Degree or higher (certification in Project Management or Agile is a plus);

• Minimum of five years related experience;

• Demonstrated experience facilitating meetings at multiple levels of an organization and an understanding of facilitation techniques; and

• Experience with and proficiency in project coordination/scrum software (Asana, Confluence, etc.).

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Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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