Job Description

Job Title: Research Coordinator
Job ID: 28689834
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Ganguli M
Location: 3029 Jacks Run Road, White Oak PA 15131

Description

This is an epidemiological project set in the 15104 zip code, focused on health and aging, involving community outreach, recruitment and retention of study participants who are senior citizens living in Braddock, North Braddock and Rankin.


The Research Coordinator will be primarily responsible for community outreach and people management. This position will become familiar with the approved recruitment and assessment protocols. He/she will be the face of the project in the community and interact with community leaders and agencies as needed. This position will be responsible for working closely with the database manager, the coordinator of a sister project, with the principal investigator and other study personnel.


The ideal candidate will have clinical and research experience, excellent leadership/organizational experience and the ability to build relationships within the community. Previous management experience is preferred. 


This position is grant funded. 


Purpose:
This position is for a Research Coordinator involved in patient-related studies. This position will involve contact with study participants, scheduling appointments, administering research questionnaires, follow-up of study participants, collecting, entering and verifying data, assisting in quality control procedures and general clinical research assistance.

Responsibilities:
  • Perform duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Assist in data collection and data entry and quality control of data.
  • Process, label, store and ship blood specimens obtained from research subjects.
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRB approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory, including timely ordering and receipt of required supplies and their proper storage.
  • Administer questionnaires, and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Follow appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Follow the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree, or equivalent combination of experience and training - including 3-5 years of experience in coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (patient recruitment, assessment, treatment planning, and data collection,) required.
  • Phlebotomy skills a plus.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products). IRB experience preferred. 
  • Ability to accurately collect, and store research data. Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs. Ability to interact with patients/study participants and research and medical staff. 
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and/or interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by his/her assigned unit as specified below. 
  • Knowledge of the principles of growth and cognition over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his/her age-specific needs and to provide the care needs as described in the department's policy and procedures.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33 
  • Act 34 
  • Act 73
  • Valid Driver's License 

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $23.28 to $40.28 / hour

Union Position: No

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