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The Division of Medical Oncology in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Coordinator.
The purpose of this position is to promote the research objectives of the Division of Oncology in the Thoracic, Head & Neck Oncology Clinical Trials Research Program. This position works with Division of Medical Oncology faculty to facilitate investigator-initiated and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials, identify research problems and design hypotheses to be tested. This position is responsible for independently designing and implementing multiple research projects to test the hypotheses in human subjects.
This position requires the ability to integrate information from multiple sources to ensure that all research proposals meet the requirements of the University, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the study sponsor. With guidance this position develops procedures that ensure that all research meets or exceeds these requirements while expeditiously furthering the research objectives of the Division of Oncology. There are multiple resources available within the University system (e.g. Grant and Contract Services, Institutional Review Board, Office of Industry Relations) to help in this process, but ultimately, the work must be done with limited assistance and in a resourceful manner to expedite the Division’s research objectives. This position is also responsible for participating in and facilitating sponsor-initiated, FDA-initiated, and institution-initiated audits of study data. Finally, this position interacts with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, health care providers and terminally ill patients in a manner that well-represents the University of Washington and its associated institutions (FHCRC and SCCA).
The mission statement of the University of Washington Medical Center states that the Medical Center serves as a research resource, providing an environment in which clinical research may be conducted. This position is essential to that mission. This position provides contributions to research development and implementation for the Division of Oncology. It is responsible for overseeing the management of clinical trials, the majority of which provide significant financial support for the Division of Oncology. Furthermore, at any one time up to 100 oncology patients from various Phase I,II and III oncology trials will be enrolled on these clinical trials.
This position must be able to work independently on multiple research projects with minimal written policies or procedures. This position requires daily interaction with pharmaceutical sponsors, physicians, other health care personnel (e.g. nurses, patient care coordinators, insurance companies), and patients. Up to 10 projects will be in progress simultaneously, with the expectation of additional projects in the future.
With minimal guidance implement research project procedures that meet research objectives and ensure compliance with all aspects of Institution, Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) regulations pertaining to clinical research in human subjects (e.g. investigator financial disclosure requirements of the FDA).
Develop, document and maintain procedures for patient registration and protocol implementation to ensure that research execution meets Good Clinical Practice guidelines.
Work with Research Team to design, create and revise research instruments (e.g. case report forms) as necessary to ensure quality data that satisfies research objectives. Be responsible for entering data and resolving data queries based on source documentation.
Work with the Regulatory Coordinator to ensure that reporting to the Institutional Review Board and study sponsors are timely, accurate and satisfy applicable regulation. With minimal guidance, develop and implement corrective action plans to ensure protocol adherence and data integrity. Assist Regulatory Coordinator with maintaining current study documents.
Work collaboratively with Research Team (Data Manager, Regulatory Coordinator, Manager, etc) to ensure that projects are executed successfully and completed within required time frames to meet research objectives.
Advise clinical staff which tests and procedures are needed during each research visit to facilitate protocol adherence, billing compliance, and to ensure accurate and reliable data collection. Work closely with clinical providers to ensure that study therapy is administered in accordance with the clinical protocol (e.g. dose modifications are implemented when required by the protocol).
Communicate with outside physicians who are interested in referring patients to UWMC/SCCA for oncology clinical trials.
Understand clinical trial budget and billing plan for patients enrolled on clinical trials. Work with internal partners to ensure clinical trials are performed in accordance with institutional requirements for billing compliance. Assist in financial audits as necessary. Communicate with investigators and research staff when financial milestones have been met.
Analysis and Reporting
Prepare interim reports for principal investigators, industry sponsors and Institutional Review Board to ensure that each project is moving toward timely completion. Assist THN with various improvement, CPI, or special projects.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's Degree in Life Sciences and a minimum of 1 year experience in human subjects oncology research
Experience in research implementation or data analysis and entry, education/experience my substitute.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with Microsoft Office.
Applicants selected for this position who have not already completed the training for clinical research involving human subjects will be required to complete it within 90 days of hire.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Previous experience working with oncology patients.
Previous experience conducting research in a hospital or academic setting.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This position requires a flexible work schedule. Stringent deadlines from pharmaceutical companies for protocol implementation and data collection may require overtime. Integrating required elements of research into complex patient schedules (e.g. collecting and processing multiple blood specimens for pharmacokinetic sampling) may also require occasional overtime.
Occasional evening and weekend travel to study meetings is required.
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