Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Research Coordinator
Job ID: 702130
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Becker
Location: 3501 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213



The Clinical Research Coordinator will be assisting in the coordination and support of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center. This position will work daylight hours.

The Clinical Research Coordinator will work with physicians, nurses, other allied health professionals, and research staff to coordinate clinical research efforts provided at UPMC.



  • Actively participates in the department's quality improvement efforts. Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management.
  • Takes personal responsibility in improving patient satisfaction with the quality of care and service provided.
  • Assist study investigators with the development of IRB protocols and consent forms and initiate modifications and annual reports.
  • Track & manage enrollment and dropout records.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of MRI and PET studies for subjects.
  • Escort subjects and caregivers to and from the MR/PET facility from the ADRC Clinic, and coordinate subject payment.
  • Coordinate with ADRC and clinicians from the Department of Neurology to ensure that proper neuropsychological testing is performed on PPG subjects.
  • Coordinate transportation (limo) service to Oakland , depending on project.
  • Responsible for seeing that the overall needs of the subejcts are met during their neuroimaging study sessions.
  • Demonstrates leadership in ensuring patient comprehension and safety during initial and ongoing informed consent discussions.
  • Demonstrates leadership in ensuring adherence to ethical practices during the conduct of research in order to protect the rights and well-being of patients and the collection of quality data.
  • Utilizes multiple communication methods to facilitate the effective conduct of research.
  • Supports the development of new staff and colleagues, may serve as a preceptor.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to patients and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of cultural differences and holds peers accountable for healthy relationships.
  • Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life. Models safe work hours, time management and healthy lifestyle.
  • Communicates with peers and management any safety hazards identified in the workplace.
  • AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCY: The individual must be able to identify the patient's particular needs regarding age, education level, literacy and the presence of any language barriers so that all clinical research related instructions can be adapted to the patient's needs. This is particularly important regarding the informed consent process.
  • Must also be aware of the various institutional resources to facilitate this process. Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions associated with the job.
  • Identifies the financial variables that affect research.
  • Uses a variety of resources and strategies to manage the care of patients participating in research, ensuring compliance with protocol procedures, assessments, and reporting requirements as well as management of symptoms.
  • Utilizes a variety of strategies to enhance recruitment while being mindful of the needs of diverse patient populations.
  • Facilitates compliance with the requirements of the research protocol and good clinical research practice while remaining cognizant of the needs of the diverse patient population.
  • Provides leadership to the research team in ensuring collection of source data and completion of documentation that validated the integrity of the research.
  • Organize and prepare annual progress reports to funding agencies
  • Organize the PPG Consensus Conference and weekly Subject Recruitment meetings.
  • Present cases for suitability to the various PET imaging protocols.
  • Recruit subjects for the PPG / ADRC projects and related neuroimaging studies.
  • Attend ADRC consensus conference to identify potential subjects.
  • Screen potential subjects for inclusion/ exclusion criteria and interact with patients and study partners to describe the research studies.
  • Review informed consent document with subjects in preparation for final consent with study co-investigator.
  • Takes responsibilities for identifying his or her ongoing professional development needs and seeks resources and opportunities to meet those needs, such as through membership in nursing or research organizations. Provides detailed and appropriate teaching to patients and families to effectively guide them through the research study.
  • Supports the development of others.
  • Creates an open environment of open dialogue, inquiry and continuous development by asking for feedback and improving practice.


  • Minimum 2 years nursing experience.
  • BSN preferred
  • Special Skills and Abilities Required
  • Rating of solid/Strong/Good or higher on most recent performance evaluation May supervise nonprofessional staff

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse license or eligible for State Board Licensure.

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $24.27 to $41.99

Union Position: No

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