University of Massachusetts Medical School
GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:
A Research Study Coordinator II position is available in the Macular Degeneration Center of Excellence at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the individual will work closely with the principal investigator, other study staff and collaborators, to carry out protocols involving subject recruitment, clinical data collection, and laboratory database management. The Research Coordinator II will perform a variety of lab related research tasks including centrifuging specimens, aliquoting, auditing samples in freezers, depositing incoming specimens and locating and retrieving samples from freezers as needed for studies. (Note- experience with PCR or other lab experimental protocols is not required). Will also make calls to study subjects and laboratories to arrange specimen collection and prepare kits for sending and receiving specimens. There will be opportunities to attend and present results at scientific research meetings.
Applicants must have a degree in the sciences or health care related area with previous clinical research experience. Good communication skills and knowledge of maintaining databases is also required. The center specializes in research related to patients with retinal dystrophies and macular degenerations.
For more information, please see: https://www.umassmed.edu/seddonlab
- Provide support to projects through implementation of work plans, and preparation of deliverables. Assist in the documentation of project writing, preparation of material for project meetings and IRB submissions, summary reports, ongoing project evaluations, and coordinate arrangements applicable to assigned projects such as interview arrangements, etc.
- Administratively responsible for the clinical aspects of patient study subjects and testing
- Participate in preparing project-specific data collection efforts including surveys, interviews, focus groups involving patients, state agency personnel and other key informants. Record and analyze pertinent data. Evaluate and update data in relation to protocol
- Design and execute protocols and experiments, modify protocols as needed, and may be responsible for own research project
- Oversee development of data collection instruments, survey tools and interview guides, perform and oversee data collection, management and analysis as necessary
- Assist in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Review literature
- Assist in design, development and implementation of research endeavors for multiple principal investigators
- Assist with the budget/operational aspects of the revenue and expense accounts. Compile expenses for fiscal reports and grant budgets. Assist grant accounting with grant reporting requirements.
- Responsible for maintaining all regulatory paperwork from study initiation, continuation, and termination (includes application for IRB, informed consents, HIPAA Authorization, etc.)
- May help recruit, select, supervise and direct the activities of data collection employees, Research Technicians, and Research Coordinators
- Comply with all safety and infection control standards appropriate to this position
- Responsible for the inventory of research related supplies.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in a scientific or health care field, or equivalent experience
- 3 years of related experience
- Demonstratedknowledge of federal requirements for the conduct of clinical trials
- Experience in using computer based tools (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Oral and written communication skills
- Excellent organization, analytical, and interpersonal skills required
- Ability to travel to off-site locations
- Master’s degree preferred in Biological Sciences
- Knowledge of clinical research protocols and familiarity with basic lab operations.
- Ability to travel between UMASS and Hahnemann Center, and to Boston as needed. May help with retrieving specimens at other sites in New England.
- Must be physically able to do some heavy lifting and bend to access specimens in study freezers.
Under the general supervision of the Principal Investigator or designee
Supervise and direct the activities of data collection employees, lab technicians & research coordinator I’s
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Usual office environment, Dry and wet laboratory, human subjects and blood, saliva and eye tissue specimens
Preferred Years Of Experience:3 Year(s)
Education Required:4 Year Degree - BS
Employment/Position Type:Full Time
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