Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Research Supervisor (RN) - Head & Neck Program (Oncology)
Job ID: 709813
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: CRS Administration HF
Location: 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232



UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is currently hiring a regular full-time Clinical Research Supervisor(RN) to help support the Clinical Research Services team located within the Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside/Pittsburgh, PA. 

This role will support & oversee the Head & Neck (Oncology) Disease program study within the Cancer Center Clinical Research Services group working Monday through Friday daylight hours. 

Interested in learning more about the Clinical Research Nursing field from those who already love working there; please check out our Research Nursing Blog!

The Clinical Research Supervisor is a highly skilled, experienced and trained registered nurse who is responsible for directing the care for patients enrolled into research trials involving multi-agent therapies who previously treated with standard chemotherapy options. 

Plan and execution of the daily operation in the conduct of clinical research within the disease center program to assure that the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines are followed during the conduct of the research trials. Assure the consent form process in completed, the facilitation of subject accrual and overall study coordination, patient monitoring of toxicities and accurate data collection is occurring on all research trials within the department.

  • 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 particular 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.
  • Assists clinical research team in their ability to work in a timely and efficient manner. Demonstrates a passion for developing others, enthusiastically and expertly precepts new hires during the orientation process and serves continuously as a mentor. Analyzes clinical and behavioral situations, identifying learning opportunities to improve patient care and clinical research practices. Takes responsibility for identifying his or her ongoing professional development needs and independently seeks resources and opportunities to meet those needs, such as through membership in nursing, clinical specialty or research organizations
  • Demonstrates productive working relationships internally and externally by taking accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment to patients and colleagues. Demonstrates an understanding of cultural differences and holds peers accountable for healthy relationships and maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life. Models safe work hours, time management and healthy lifestyle.
  • Develops protocol required documents and coordinates protocol implementation as needed. Monitors and facilitates completion of all protocol required data elements and ensures all electronic data capture is complete and accurate. Ensures research documentation is comprehensive and facilitates protocol compliance; communication among colleagues; good clinical research practice; and patient safety. Demonstrates critical thinking in the analysis of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patients. Creates a caring and compassionate experience by building healthy relationships with patients, families and colleagues
  • Identifies opportunities to improve research practices and patient satisfaction by serving or leading teams as a change agent to launch innovations in patient care/satisfaction, clinical research, or support a healthy workforce. Actively participates in department or unit-specific quality improvement efforts. Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management
  • Participates in hiring decisions and has responsibility for delegating tasks, monitoring workloads, and evaluating job performance. Evaluates all aspects of protocol coordination within the disease program. Serves as a role model of professional nursing practice as demonstrated by adherence to ethical practices during the conduct of clinical trials to protect the rights and well-being of patients and the collection of quality data


  • Minimum of 2 years of nursing experience 
  • Minimum of 2 years of research experience 
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred 
  • BSN required 
  • Certification preferred/not required
  • Oncology experience preferred/not required

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

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse

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

Salary Range: $28.37 to $47.88

Union Position: No

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