DRI

Professional Research Assistant

Location

Denver, CO

Type

Full Time

Position: Professional Research Assistant

Classification: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $50k-54k yearly or $24 - $25.92 per hour

Reports To: Clinical Research Manager/PI


Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Clinical Research Manager/principal investigator (PI), the primary responsibility of the Professional Research Assistant is to serve as the clinical research coordinator in support of various research activities within Dr. Liron Caplan’s Research Program. 
 
Examples of Work Performed:
·        Schedules patients for evaluation as possible study participants.
·        Recruits and enrolls patients to studies with guidance from Clinical Research Manager. 
·        Assists study participants with completion of paper and electronic study collection forms and questionnaires
·        Performs phlebotomy (blood draws) and collection of other biologic specimens
·        Perform physical exam measurements on study participants
·        Completes data entry and ensures compliance with data entry systems so that accuracy is maintained.
·        Pre-screens charts for patient eligibility and patient outreach for recruitment efforts. 
·        Serves as primary clinical research coordinator and may carry a patient load as needed for team coverage and understanding of clinical tasks and job functions.
·        In conjunction with Research Manager, arranges orientation and provides training, supervision and leadership to the clinical research staff. 
·        Assists clinical research staff with technical issues, problem solving and intervention when appropriate; delegates responsibility for elements of the conduct of selected clinical trials
·        Answers questions on behalf of the clinical team including but not limited to study protocols, patient concerns, eligibility, scheduling conflicts, and department logistics.
·        Participate in external audits and internal process improvement strategies to promote consistent best practices.
·        Participates in reviewing and tracking deviation trends leading to review of processes. 
·        Assures compliance with all protocol details which includes ensuring the capture of all data points requested on a protocol-specific basis and ensuring that tests and procedures required by clinical protocols are performed and documented
·        Performs quality assurance checks by reviewing patient shadow charts, monitor letters, audit results.
·        Prepares regulatory documents for IRB, sponsor, and any other applicable party.
·        Prepares patient summaries and reports for sponsor and / or PI.
·        Prepares and disseminates study promotional materials to prospective study participants and existing study participants.
·        Serve as a resource to coordinators and junior research staff (including students and trainees) on protocol implementation and the research process. 
·        Organize and attend study related meetings and conferences as required.
·        Maintains comprehensive knowledge of all protocols carried out by the collaborating physicians.
·        Performs additional duties as assigned by clinical manager and/or PI
 
 
Required Education/Experience/Skills (Minimum Qualifications):
 
·        Bachelor's degree (Master’s degree preferred)
·        Strong knowledge of medical terminology.
·        Minimum of 2 years of clinical research experience
·        Highly organized, reliable, and able to work semi-autonomously; ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities; attention to detail. 
·        Excellent written and oral communication skills 
·        Excellent computer skills, particularly with all software in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Experience with the Internet and conducting Internet searches. 
·        Up to date on required immunizations or willingness to obtain upon hire.
·        Ability to independently drive to study recruitment sites, which may be outside of the Denver metropolitan area.
·        Must be willing and able to acquire new skills as needed
 
 
Desired qualifications:
 
·        Advanced knowledge of GCP, FDA Rules and Regulations in relation to clinical trials, NIH guidelines, ICH guidelines and HIPAA regulations in relation to clinical trials.
·        Strong clinical knowledge highly desired. 
·        Minimum of 2 years prior clinical research experience with increasing responsibility.
·        Experience working with veterans

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. Reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies up to 20 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations in the work environment may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Position Type/ Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position that requires a minimum of 40 hours per week.  This is an in-office position, with some flexibility for scheduled remote work.
 
Travel: Must be able to travel to recruitment sites.
 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls. Reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies up to 20 pounds.
 
 
FOR ALL DRI POSITIONS

For all Full-Time Positions
·       403(b) – employee match up to 5% eligibility from your first day.
Benefits for you and your family after 60 days of employment:
·       Dental insurance
·       Vision insurance
·       Employee assistance program
·       Flexible schedule
·       Flexible spending account
·       Dependent Care account
·       Health insurance
·       Health savings account with high deductible health care plan 
·       Buy-up life insurance
·       Paid time off: Vacation, Sick, Personal Days, paid *Holidays
 
For all Full-Time and Part-Time Positions
DRI paid benefits after 30 days:
·       AD&D
·       Short Term Disability
·       Long Term Disability
·       Basic Life Insurance 
 

Work Authorization/Security Clearance (if applicable)

Candidate must be able to be federally badged via a WOC (without compensation) Letter as administered by the VA and to include any background tests or screenings as require by the VA.

 
Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 
 
Compensation: $24.00 - $25.92 per hour

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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