This is a full-time/non-exempt term position lasting six months to one year.
A large new multi-center study is looking for a qualified individual who will be responsible for coordinating the approval processes and conduct of research protocols, such that the integrity and quality of the clinical/translational research is maintained and the research is conducted in accordance with Responsible conduct of research principles, federal and sponsor regulations and guidelines, Vanderbilt Policy and Procedure and research protocol. We are looking for a proactive individual with excellent communication skills, extreme attention to details and ability to work well in teams of individuals from different specialties. The main project of interest is a large study that is evaluating the transmission of viral infections in households, and activities that can be taken to mitigate this transmission.
The applicant for this research support position will perform a variety of research activities including the enrollment, collection of samples and data, and documentation of data and processes in support of an ongoing study of transmission of respiratory viruses in households in Middle Tennessee. The successful applicant will assist in ensuring adherence to protocols, appropriate regulations, and deadlines and ensures timely enrollment and quality of information received.
Expected responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
Identify eligible patients through electronic medical record reviews
Recruit eligible patients and household members
Consent eligible patients and household members
Instruct on and participate in the collection of respiratory samples including nasal swabs and other samples e.g. blood dried spots
Complete data collection forms
Transport collected samples from participants' households to research laboratory
Perform data entry and data error checking
Help train new team members
Support field study activities (90%)
Conveys a basic knowledge and understanding of policies, procedures, and regulations governing human subject's research and incorporates them in the conduct of research:
Possesses a basic awareness of the Federal regulations and guidelines governing the protection of human subjects (e.g., FDA, OHRP, GCP/ICH guidelines, and HIPAA regulations), before engaging in human subjects research
Exhibits the capability to understand and follow a clinical/translational study protocol, obtaining training and seeking assistance when needed, to safely and accurately perform or assess required protocol procedures. Uses coordination skills and works collaboratively with study participants, other staff and departments to complete research protocols, including performing study procedures such as assessing participant eligibility and recruitment, arranging necessary schedules and procedures, completing required participant registration in project resources, conducting interviews and laboratory and diagnostic studies, tracking medication usage and other protocol specific investigational procedures
Participates in the determination of eligible candidates for study participation, assuring participants fulfill eligibility requirements
Records data from source documentation and/or participant interaction onto case report forms (either paper or electronic) with awareness and attention to the requirements for accuracy, completeness and timeliness. Attends to query resolution in a timely manner. Assures research information is collected and stored in a manner that is compliant with regulations/policies and good clinical practice
Familiar with the safety reporting requirements of the study protocol, FDA and other regulatory bodies. In a timely fashion, monitors, detects and reports adverse events meeting requirements of regulatory bodies. Coordinates activities and gathers information from a variety of sources to achieve stated outcomes
With direction assists with study completion, study closeout and archiving of study files, ensuring completeness and continuity of all study data, performing ongoing checks of clinical/translational data that has been entered on the case report forms (paper or electronic) or in reports
Collaboratively participates in study team meetings. Maintains open and positive communications with investigators, participants, co-workers, other departments and sponsors
Serves as an advocate for human subjects by establishing and maintaining communication with Investigators, research staff, Sponsors, participants and representatives of professional organizations, participant advocates, and the public responsible for, or concerned about, protections for human participants of research and through ongoing monitoring of trial processes and participants
With guidance, assesses and evaluates potential participants pertinent medical and historical information to ensure only appropriate subjects are enrolled in clinical/translational trials and remain eligible for continued participation. Engages in open and positive communication with study participants and coworkers
Participates in the ongoing informed consent process, ensuring that human subjects, their families, and other health care providers clearly understand what is expected of and from them in the course of participating in a clinical/translational trial
Encourages open communication with participants by providing them with contact information and being available to answer, address or refer their calls
Coordination and supervision of team activities (10%)
With direction, performs or instructs others in performing procedures for research as they are described in the protocol, deviating from the protocol only when a subject's safety is at risk and in a timely manner reports all deviations from the protocol to the Principal Investigator and/or senior personnel who will determine if a protocol amendment or other safety reporting to appropriate funding/regulatory agencies is required
Actively identifies and participates in training, education, and development activities to improve own knowledge and performance to sustain and enhance professional development. Pursues avenues to continue education (i.e., in-services, seminars, etc.)
Demonstrates initiative for continuous learning, both self-directed and as evidenced by attendance of educational and professional development opportunities. Actively seeks new learning opportunities, seeing learning as part of work
Participates in and maintains certifications, licensure and credentialing as required by Vanderbilt, the department and Sponsor
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Salary is dependent upon education and experience.
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
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