Assistant or Associate Specialist
UC Davis Health
PROJECT TITLE: Assistant or Associate Specialist for clinical research studies at the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center
The Department of Pediatrics is seeking a part-time specialist for the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at the UC Davis MIND Institute. This positionís responsibility includes a variety of tasks related to a clinical trial in participants with fragile X syndrome, and other related studies as needed. This position entails working closely with Randi Hagerman, MD, the fragile X clinical team, clinicians, coordinators, research assistants, staff, and volunteers. In particular, the incumbent will work as part of a team to manage a clinical trial that involves multiple sites and an educational component. Duties specific to this position include performing medical exams on and collecting medical histories from research participants; collecting, organizing, and entering accurate, retrievable data for research and clinical trials; budget preparation and financial management; supervising collection, completion, maintenance, and accuracy of study data in REDCap and/or Sponsorís data capture program; assisting with progress reports; updating clinicaltrials.gov; facilitating meetings with Sponsor; and hiring staff /onboarding volunteers. The incumbent may also assist with contract preparation with Sponsor; assess operational, financial, and material requirements for studies; and develop budgets and funding mechanisms as appropriate. This position will also be responsible for assisting Dr. Hagerman with writing manuscripts, grants, INDs, IRB protocols, and other documents, as requested.
Additional tasks may involve working with other team members on: the educational component of the clinical trial, which involves facilitating meetings and trainings of investigators at three sites (US and Canada); regulatory requirements; drug accountability, randomization, and preparation; study recruitment tracking; data handling; recruiting participants; scheduling assessments with various clinicians and researchers; consenting research participants; administering research measures; assisting with preparing and submitting IRB protocol applications, renewals, and modifications; and developing SOPs.
The incumbent may also be responsible for summarizing literature searches, presenting data, and providing general research support for Dr. Randi Hagerman. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Medical degree. Advanced-level knowledge of basic anatomy, medical terminology, and ability to interpret physicians' notes, medical records, and laboratory and scan results. Experience obtaining detailed medical history. Experience measuring & recording vital signs, and anthropometric measurements.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with individuals with disabilities, family members, and medical professionals in the area of developmental disabilities. Advanced knowledge and understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders and genetic processes, particularly related to fragile X syndrome, in clinical research. Experience with children and adults with fragile X-related disorders in a clinical environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with a wide variety of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, as well as individuals with varying cognitive abilities. Ability to provide direction with tact and diplomacy. Skill to work harmoniously with a diverse population and as a member of a team; teamwork is critical for this position.
Strong oral and written communication skills to effectively work with physicians, patients and families, clinical staff, and other health care professionals. Effective communication skills to convey factual information to investigators and to engage in collaborative problem-solving and negotiation with staff and colleagues Excellent writing and typing skills to compose a variety of written material (e.g., manuscripts, grants, correspondences) utilizing correct American English grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as clearly documenting research data onto forms.
Bilingual in Spanish. Ability to comprehend verbal and written instructions in English and Spanish.
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, electronic medical records, and electronic data capture programs, such as REDCap.
Demonstrated successful performance in a high-intensity work environment. Ability to independently exercise judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in making decisions. Ability to determine workload priorities in an appropriate way to accomplish tasks or goals, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, meet deadlines, and anticipate and solve potential problems. Must possess strong organizational skills and high attention to detail to keep track of a wide variety of projects/tasks and to maintain accurate, retrievable records. Ability to ask for guidance when appropriate. Fast learner; able to learn and take ownership of projects with minimal direction.
Analytical skills to evaluate information, practices, and procedures, formulate logical and objective conclusions, and make recommendations for effective solutions. Ability to identify and resolve problems in a logical, timely, and creative manner while maintaining the integrity of protocols and legalities defined by the University, department, and study policies and procedures. Ability to interpret and apply departmental, university, government, and sponsor policies and procedures.
Comprehensive knowledge of Good Clinical Practices, IRB regulations, elements of informed consent, and ethical principles related to the participation of human subjects in biomedical research. Knowledge of FDA regulations related to the conduct of research. Project or clinical trials management experience.
Strong accounting and financial management skills. Experience preparing budgets and facilitating budget negotiations. Mathematical skills and abilities to perform calculations involving basic accounting, body mass index (BMI), and drug dosing and compliance calculations.
Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills to effectively supervise, train, and serve as mentor for less experienced and lower-level staff. Ability to effectively resolve conflicts and problems.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and to exercise discretion and make logical, appropriate, independent judgments. Ability to use good judgment in notifying supervisor of potential problems and in providing work updates.
Knowledge of safe laboratory practices and experience with processing blood & serum samples.
Position Available/Closing Date: As openings occur, appointments are made contingent upon availability of funding. For full consideration, applications must be received by July 14, 2017. However, the position will remain open until filled until June 30, 2018.
Term of Appointment: This is a limited position (1 year with the possibility of extending longer) starting 08/01/17. Term of appointment: 60% variable FTE
To Apply: Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01561
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and contact information for 2-3 references. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.
Questions: Please direct questions to Sabrina Olivarez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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