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The UW's Department of Oncology has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Research Coordinator.
The purpose of this position is to promote the research objectives of the Phase 1 Program in the Division of Oncology (www.seattlecca.org/program/phase1/about). This position works with Division of Medical Oncology faculty to facilitate Phase 1 and other early development pharmaceutical-sponsored and investigator-initiated 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 is constantly required 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. This position develops procedures that ensure that all research meets or exceeds these requirements while expeditiously furthering the research objectives of the Phase 1 Program. 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 independently and in a resourceful manner to expedite the Phase 1 Program's research objectives. This position is also responsible for organizing 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 significant contributions to research development, implementation and analysis for the Phase 1 Program in 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 the various Phase 1 Oncology trials will be enrolled on these clinical trials.
This position must be able to work independently on multiple research projects without benefit of written policies or procedures. This position requires daily interaction with pharmaceutical sponsors, physicians, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, other health care personnel (e.g. nurses, patient care coordinators, insurance companies), and patients. Up to 15 projects will be in progress simultaneously, with the expectation of additional projects in the future. Analysis and Reporting – 40 %
Prepare interim reports for principal investigators, industry sponsors and Institutional Review Board to ensure that each project is moving toward timely completion.
Protocol Management – 30 %
Independently develop and implement research project policies and procedures that meet research objectives and that ensure compliance with all aspects of 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).
Design, develop, document and maintain policies and procedures for protocol registration and implementation to ensure that research execution meets good clinical practice guidelines.
Design, create and revise research instruments (e.g. case report forms) as necessary to ensure quality data that correlates with research objectives.
Design, document and implement procedures for protocol audits to assure protocol compliance and to ensure research data quality.
Take action to correct problems such as deviation from protocol requirements to ensure research quality.
Ensure that projects are executed successfully and completed within needed time frames to meet research objectives.
Process labs for clinical trials, including collecting, centrifuging and aliquoting specimens, and ship specimens in accordance with federal and institutional biologics shipping regulations.
Patient Management - 20%
Ensure protocol compliance by managing patient appointments and coordinating with patient’s clinical providers (e.g. physicians, physician assistants, and nurses) to collect reliable and accurate data.
Ensure patient safety while participating in clinical trials by monitoring patients and interacting closely with patient’s clinical providers.
Initiate and maintain communication with outside physicians who refer patients to UWMC for Phase I Program oncology clinical trials.
Protocol Development – 10 %
Assist in developing clinical research protocols that clearly describe the research objectives and procedures necessary to test the hypotheses of the research project.
Write informed consent documents that clearly describe the nature and risks of the research project in language that is easily understandable to the individual patient.
Work with multiple UW, SCCA, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) groups (e.g. UW Grant and Contract Services, UW Human Subjects Review Committee, UW and SCCA Radiation Safety Committee, UW and FHCRC Biosafety Committee, SCCA Clinical Trials Planning Committee and UWMC General Clinical Research Center) to ensure timely implementation of each research project.
This position will work with clinical research involving human subjects within UW Medicine and therefore clinical Research Study Coordinator (RSC) training is required. The training requirements for this position include UW Medicine-specific as well as general training.
Minimum Requirements: BS in Biology or health-related field
A minimum of 2 year experience in clinical, pharmacy or laboratory research project coordination, knowledge of FDA and NIH requirements relating to research involving human subjects, experience in clinical trial development, implementation and analysis, excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with Microsoft Office. Being able to work in fast-pace clinical research program.
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.
Desired: Previous experience working with oncology patients. The Clinical Research Certification from one of the accredited organizations is desired.
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter, and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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