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Sr Research Assistant CR


This study will be obtaining a variety of biospecimens from women with suspected or confirmed gynecologic cancers as well as healthy women. The incumbent will be expected to track a subject's progress through her course of care and obtain the necessary biospecimens at identified time points and places, including the OR, Investigational Radiology, and various clinics throughout UPMC facilities. The incumbent may also be asked to consent potential subjects and draw study bloods. 

After biospecimens are obtained, the incumbent may have to do some processing before storing the specimens per study protocol. The specimens may also be shipped immediately or at a later time point to the study lab, which is offsite. In addition, the incumbent may need to identify and obtain banked specimens, such as pathology specimens, on subjects. The incumbent will also need to track subjects and specimens in study database and may need to abstract medical record information on subjects/specimens and enter these data into the database. The incumbent may need to modify existing databases and protocols to address changing needs of study.  Finally, the incumbent may need to travel to other study sites to obtain specimens to store in our study freezers prior to shipping. 

This position is 100% grant funded.


Responsible for accurately performing research projects according to established study design and procedures and is under limited faculty or Research Associate supervision. Acts as a lead resource for other laboratory support personnel. Under supervision, coordinates the daily operations in the designated research area. Performs a variety of complete functions, including overseeing timely and accurate functioning in the respective area.

  • Act as a technical resource on a daily basis, leading the activities of other research support staff.
  • Administer questionnaires, and assist with procedures for obtaining patient screening and recruitment as well as obtaining research specimens.
  • Assist in obtaining educational resources necessary to perform and interpret research and to remain abreast of new knowledge and techniques in research area or function.
  • Assist in record keeping, inventory and equipment management.
  • Assist the Research Associate and/or principal researcher in the day-to-day oversight of the research support staff and investigator's research budgets.
  • Assist with training programs for other Research Assistants and Research Technicians on research activities and practice.
  • Communicate the daily progress of research projects via meetings with, and written reports to, research investigators and/or the Research Associate.
  • Ensure the proper preparation of labels, proper storage and disposal of reagents, and proper equipment calibration for research projects.
  • Facilitate study initiation by attending necessary meetings.
  • Maintain a safe clean laboratory-working environment including appropriate equipment maintenance and usage, by conforming to laboratory and hospital policies and standards.
  • Perform approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, storage and analysis of data and reporting of results.
  • Perform site visits as a clinical monitor for multi-center trials.
  • Responsible for following the mandatory reporting procedures for any incident or serious event that did affect or potentially could have affected the clinical care of any patient.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, biology or other basic science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a science or health related field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in related science courses.
  • Two years experience in a research environment with at least one year in the designated specialty of research.
  • Manual dexterity and visual acuity necessary for handling and processing specimens for testing, including preparation of specimens, operation of laboratory equipment, microscopic examination, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, store and interpret research data.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with patients, staff and investigators.
  • Successfully meet all competency requirements established for a Senior Level Research Assistant.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail, accuracy in work, ability to multitask and set priorities, strong written and oral communication skills, function with a high degree of independence, excellent analytic and interpersonal skills
  • Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook
  • RedCap

Preferred Experience:

  • Searching and extracting from clinical and other databases, including TIES, BIOS, CTMA, CoPATH, MARS, Cancer Registry, I2/B2
  • Searching and extracting medical records, including EPIC, EPICCare, Beacon, CERNA
  • Entering and cleaning data into division and project databases
  • Database entry systems such as RedCap
  • Mastering medical terminologies and coding systems such as UMLS, SNOMED, ICD-0, AJCC as they apply to gynecologic oncology and to specific research projects
  • Consenting subjects and drawing blood as needed 
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 
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