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Clinical Research Supervisor (RN) - Community Oncology



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

This position will work a regular Monday through Friday daylight schedule with an assigned primary network office location but will go to other sites in the area as needed.

This is a unique role allowing for the clinical research professional to work in the community with research studies in many cancer disease centers with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center as a Clinical Research Supervisor.

The 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; achieving 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 troubleshooting to address any impediments to the research or to further enhance the research effort through the application of CRS expertise and resources.

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.


  • Actively participates in department or unit-specific quality improvement efforts.
  • Ensures research documentation is comprehensive and facilitates protocol compliance; communication among colleagues; good clinical research practice; and patient safety.
  • Participates in hiring decisions and has responsibility for delegating tasks, monitoring workloads, and evaluating job performance.
  • Monitors and facilitates completion of all protocol required data elements and ensures all electronic data capture is complete and accurate.
  • Identifies opportunity for quality improvement to colleagues and management
  • Responsible for day to day operations of a smaller disease center, supervises staff work assignments and study responsibilities, conducts recruitment and annual evaluations, mentors? professional development of staff, responsible for timely activation and execution of all studies in the disease center.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the analysis of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues for the patients.
  • 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.
  • Develops protocol required documents and coordinates protocol implementation as needed.
  • Demonstrates productive working relationships internally and externally by taking accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment to patients and colleagues.
  • Models safe work hours, time management and healthy lifestyle.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of cultural differences and holds peers accountable for healthy relationships and maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life.
  • Creates a caring and compassionate experience by building healthy relationships with patients, families and colleagues
  • 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
  • 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.



  • Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing required


  • 5 years of relevant professional experience, preferably clinical research experience with a preference in an oncology setting 


  • 3 years of clinical research experience with a preference in an oncology setting with an advanced nursing degree
  • Bachelor's Degree Preferred
  • Certification Preferred

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

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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