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Job Description

Job Title: Research Coordinator - (Community Oncology)
Job ID: 938874731
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: M-F Daylight
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: CRS Community Network
Location: 600 Oxford Drive, Monroeville PA 15146

Description

Purpose:

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is currently hiring a regular full-time Research Coordinator to help support the Community Oncology Clinical Research Services (CRS) team at the network Medical Oncology office located in Monroeville, PA.

This position will work a regular Monday through Friday daylight schedule with a primary location in Monroeville but will go to others sites in the area as needed

This is a unique role allowing for the clinical research professional to work in the community and screen/enroll patients in all cancer disease centers with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center working as a Research Coordinator.

Clinical Research Services (CRS) team is made up of nearly 200 staff members who facilitate development, implementation, coordination, internal data monitoring, and completion of oncology-focused trials at Hillman. These trials include institutional (investigator-initiated), multi-center cooperative group/National Clinical Trial Network (NCTN), consortium, and industry-sponsored trials. Using a disease-specific centers model for conducting clinical trials, CRS provides study development and implementation assistance, submissions to the FDA, IRB processing, patient recruitment, study coordination, study-specific training, data collection, and specimen collection and processing.

The employee would take overall responsibility for ensuring the effective use of CRS services by program investigators involved in clinical research. Among the responsibilities would be working with program PIs to effectively address all the challenges in all phases of the research including: helping the PI to develop the recruitment plan to capitalize on CRS resources; achievement of necessary institutional approvals to initiate research; planning for implementation in each clinic that will be involved; coordination with front line clinical providers and CRCs for effective recruitment, assessment, and interventions required for the trial; tracking accruals and preparing required reports about accruals, adverse events, and outcomes; and monitoring progress with timely trouble shooting to address any impediments to the research or to further enhance the research effort through application of CRS expertise and resources.

This Research Coordinator position will involve developing tools to help build relationships with the community to facilitate enrollment of participants into clinical studies, developing metrics and tools for evaluation of clinical research sites, prepare evaluation reports that summarize the effectiveness of sites and of other network processes such as protocol development, laboratory initiatives, etc, administering research questionnaires, collecting, entering and verifying data, assisting in quality control procedures, providing regulatory reviews and updates for the network, writing clinical study protocols and sample informed consent documents, and providing general clinical research assistance. Candidates should possess strong organizational skills and effective communication skills to interact with clinical site personnel, participants, funders, and research and medical staff.


Responsibilities:
  • Revise, renew and maintain IRE approval, protocols and consent forms for studies.
  • Recruit subjects for ongoing and new research studies.
  • Assist in hypothesis generation, data collection, data analysis and data presentation and publication.
  • Performs duties for approved research projects according to defined protocols and procedures including appropriate collection, recording, and storage of data.
  • Assists in data collection and data entry and quality control of data.
  • Follows appropriate research policies and procedures including all applicable laws and regulations and maintains scientific integrity including accurate data storage.
  • Perform literature reviews and generate material needed for future studies.
  • Must complete online IRB certification modules 1 and 2 (Research Practice Fundamentals) in accordance with Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Designs and implements evaluation of processes, including evaluation of clinical site performance, evaluation of laboratory processes, protocol development, study implementation, etc.
  • Manage development and review process for all manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations generated through the activities of the research group.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of experience and training acceptable - including experience in process evaluation, or coordinating multiple aspects of research projects (study participant recruitment, assessment, and data collection,) required. 
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Products) required.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately collect, and store research data required.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written required.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with patients, staff and investigators as well as maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Strong organizational skills required.
  • Must be able to work independently, must be able to work a flexible schedule based on study needs.
  • Oncology experience preferred
  • Regulatory experience preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $23.75 to $41.09 / hour

    Union Position: No

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