Research Program Coordinator

Maryland, United States
$16.10 - $22.12
24 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 - $22.12
Employee group: Full-Time
Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: 33-MD:Johns Hopkins Bayview 
Department name: 10002817-SOM DOM Pulmonary 
Personnel area: School of Medicine

General Summary/Purpose:

Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager or the Principal Investigator, the Research Program Coordinator (RPC) will be responsible for participant recruitment, performing clinic visits which include administering questionnaires, blood draws, spirometry and other breathing tests. Will be involved in data collection, abstraction if needed.

The Research Program Coordinator is also responsible for independently performing routine tests in a research laboratory and contributing to general maintenance of the laboratory, equipment and supplies.

Duration of position is two years from hire date.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Conduct interviews over the phone or in person to determine eligibility for a research study.
  • Recruit and screen potential study participants according to protocol’s inclusion and exclusion criteria; be knowledgeable of the protocol so that study activities are completed correctly and completely.

Research related clinical tasks:

  • Coordinate participant visits and follow-up, schedule appointments with study participants, make telephone reminders, send recruitment letters, track and locate participants.
  • Ensure that proper written informed consent from each study participant is obtained prior to entering study; ensure that the original signed and dated consent from each study participant is filed in participants' research record.
  • Perform clinic visits which include administering questionnaires, blood draws, spirometry and other breathing and functional tests. If needed, perform routine tests in a research laboratory ensuring proper storage of bio specimens.
  • Design and maintain organizational tools to conduct the study accurately and in compliance with good research practice.
  • Maintain participant's follow-up tracking database; maintain records of study participants' status by using an enrollment log (if available REDCap platform will be the system to collect research data, to check data quality and to track participant’s visits).
  • Assist in developing and maintaining appropriate databases, internal tracking sheets for current and future studies.
  • Track and assess quality and completeness of data entry and abstraction; immediately raise potential concerns with project manager/study PI.
  • Generate graphs, data reports for scientific presentations.
  • Document and report progress of research projects.
  • Schedule, organize and participate in weekly meetings of current research projects to report progress and resolve problems, taking notes, minutes and preparing agenda for next meetings.
  • Provide assistance to the research manager/supervisor in tasks related to IRB submissions: change in research, completing progress reports, tracking of renewal dates, completing adverse event forms, writing draft of new forms/surveys.
  • Perform spirometry, induced sputum, exhaled nitric oxide and other breathing tests.  Draw blood on adult participants.
  • Perform routine tests in a research laboratory, help with storage and shipping of bio specimen samples if necessary.
  • Work independently and under the direction of the study program supervisor to ensure successful completion of each clinical research study.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in related discipline required.

Some related experience required.

Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Medical Assistant; previous experience conducting clinical studies.
  • Experience in clinical research with a strong background in recruiting participants and pulmonary assessments.
  • Database and spreadsheet knowledge preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interviewing techniques helpful.
  • Experience with EPIC or similar electronic patient records system extremely beneficial.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Comfortable performing routine tests and collecting samples from patients
  • Position requires flexibility.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks, detail oriented, self-motivated, strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to use personal computer; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; database and spreadsheet knowledge.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interviewing techniques required.
  • Detail oriented, Strong interpersonal skills and excellent organizational and time management skills required.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications:

Standard HIPAA courses must be completed and appropriate exams passed with necessary certification within 2 weeks of start date.

EPIC training courses (if not already done) to be completed within 1 month of start date.

Any Specific Physical Requirements For The Job:

  • Sitting in a normal seated position in office setting
  • Standing and/or walking for extended periods of time
  • Lifting and/or assisting patients during evaluations within crowded clinical environment
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range
  • Ability to move about

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