Clinical Research Coordinator B

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center is seeking a clinical research coordinator, experienced with qualitative research, who will be responsible for a study to better understand the social, behavioral, personal, and other contextual factors underlying hospital admissions for patients living with chronic lung diseases. The experienced coordinator will accomplish this primarily by 1) conducting semi-structured interviews with patients, caregivers, and physicians to better understand the experiences and context surrounding hospital admissions, and 2) by coding and analysis of the transcribed text of these interviews.

The experienced coordinator will lead study coordination and support the execution of studies focusing on contextual factors such as home life, social relationships, access to transportation, that lead to hospitalization for patients living with chronic lung disease. The coordinator will work directly with study investigators and research staff, while also interacting regularly with study subjects, including patients and their caregivers, and health system personnel. In supporting this research effort, the coordinator will also assist with other project-related activities such as screening, data management, and will provide iterative feedback on the interview guides and protocols. The coordinator will show vigilance in patient safety, protocol compliance, and data quality and be required to act autonomously in his/her decision-making. Under the supervision of the study Principal Investigator, the Clinical Research Coordinator will lead day-to-day operations and recruitment of patients living with chronic living disease and their families and clinical care team in hospitals throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Duties include: leading study recruitment efforts in UPHS clinical populations, which entails discernment of subject eligibility upon review of electronic medical charts; discussing sensitive topics related to home, personal relationships, and health; participating the coding of the transcribed text; and finally, data management, data entry, and maintaining patient and data tracking systems.

With support from the PI, the Coordinator will maintain all regulatory clinical trial documents and protocols. This involves performing all IRB modifications following the initiation of the study and preparing for continuing reviews, as needed. This position will require the coordinator to participate in weekly or bi-weekly research updates to the study PI.

A Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of clinical research experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience with qualitative research methods is required.
The candidate must be comfortable conducting and record semi-structured interviews with patients, caregivers, and clinicians about sensitive topics.
The candidate must have experience analyzing and coding transcribed interviews.
The candidate should be comfortable doing a variety of tasks, be able to balance and prioritize multiple commitments, and be proficient at multi-tasking and independent problem solving.
Previous experience with institutional review board and human research subject regulations is encouraged..
Ability to work with greater independence also with regard to decision-making.
Must be detail oriented with excellent communication and interpersonal skills; highly organized; attentive to detail; ability to multi-task, and flexibility to shift focus between multiple projects as needed.
Experience supervising junior staff preferred.
Proficiency in qualitative coding with software such as NVivo is preferred.
Position contingent upon funding.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.