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The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is a $70M health research institute based at the University of Washington, with integrated partnerships with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital, and more than 20 other organizations engaged in health research in five states in the Pacific Northwest region. ITHS is dedicated to speeding science to the clinic for the benefit of patients and communities throughout our region. We promote this translation of scientific discovery to practice by fostering innovative research, cultivating multi-disciplinary research partnerships, and ensuring a pipeline of next generation researchers through robust educational and career development programs.
The ITHS Research Coordination Center (RCC) is seeking a Research Coordinator to support the operations and administration of the Center. The RCC is designed to provide short-term assistance to investigators with their research projects by assisting with the IRB approval process and the design and implementation of investigator initiated and industry-sponsored research protocols. The position requires a high degree of flexibility and the ability to work in a variety of settings and locations. A typical project will last from 2 weeks to 6 months. The Research Coordinator may work on 2-4 projects simultaneously depending on the complexity of the assignments.
RESEARCH OPERATIONS SUPPORT
Assist investigators and research teams with the start-up and implementation of clinical studies, including obtaining and submitting budget/billing information, implementing the IRB-approved recruitment plan, interacting with research participants, scheduling study visits, gathering data, processing specimens, presenting information to the research team, etc.
Design, create, and revise research instruments as necessary to ensure quality data that correlates with research objectives; coordinate multiple protocol-specific data collection efforts for one or more research projects which may include other collaborating agencies or institutions.
Consult with investigators on appropriate management of participant problems and concerns; troubleshoot acute individual or departmental research issues.
Obtain and maintain IRB approval for investigators (create and submit IRB applications for minimal risk, standard studies, medical record review, repositories, etc.) from the UW IRB, FHCRC IRB, Western IRB, VAPSHCS IRB, Seattle Children's IRB, and other IRB's as required.
Oversee regulatory, budgetary, contractual, and all other aspects of protocol implementation, ensuring compliance with applicable federal regulations, institutional policies, and the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
Consult with faculty to determine accurate cost projections for industry and federally funded research protocols.
Create budgets for industry studies through CRBB and budget projections for federally sponsored protocols.
Provide mentoring and project-related oversight for junior research coordinators.
Other duties as required.
Bachelor's Degree in a biological science or health related field, plus 2-3 years experience.
Experience as a research professional for investigator-initiated research projects, with expertise in grant and protocol management including oversight of daily research operations.
Excellent written and verbal communication, including patient interactions, consulting, and customer service skills.
Proficiency with standard MS Office software, including Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point.
Strong internal and external customer service skills.
Ability to adapt and respond appropriately to competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Self-motivated, self-starter who takes initiative to improve existing processes.
Certified as a Medical Assistant in the State of Washington.
Experience in clinical research ethics and/or human subjects protection.
Experience with project management or CPI training.
Conditions of Employment:
The role requires performing assignments for investigators on a temporary or limited term basis. The role also requires the ability to navigate effectively through the many regulatory rules and offices within the University of Washington in order to expedite clinical research start-up and implementation. Work sites for this position may include the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, South Lake Union and Veteran's Administration Hospital Puget Sound.