Department: Geriatrics Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. 40 hrs. Limited: Position Ends December 31, 2017
The Research Coordinator will be responsible for the logistics of entering older adults into a clinical study of influenza vaccination efficacy. This includes implementation of research pools by recruiting and consenting study eligible patients into the study, implementing the research protocol, and following the subjects for several month for evidence of influenza. In addition, the coordinator will provide support as needed on a variety of aging and frailty studies and be actively involved in the administration of research studies for multiple investigators as part of a team if clinical research coordinators for studies sponsored by the Older American Independence Center in the Division of Geriatric medicine and Gerontology.
This position will require working directly with older human subjects, Physician investigators, and require skills related to the development of research instruments (questionnaires, surveys, and data forms) necessary for study execution as well as testing and implementation of research protocols, obtaining informed consent, collecting and recording data, monitoring clinical course of patients enrolled in the clinical trial, and ensuring that research protocols are executed appropriately. This individual will also serve as a liaison between multiple collaborators and disciplines, coordinating services and the communication of pertinent information. This individual will assist the investigators/Program Manager in making decisions regarding eligibility for multiple protocols. This position will be under the direct supervision of the Clinical Research Manager and the Principal Investigators.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The coordinator will recruit and enroll eligible participants into clinical protocols, maintain good working knowledge of all assigned protocols and reporting requirements. The coordinator will work on complex clinical studies which require a high level of knowledge, coordination, while maintaining regulatory binders for each assigned protocol. This individual will also prepare and submit annual renewal requests, amendments, and adverse event reports with clinical input according to IRB and Sponsor requirement, adheres to all protocol requirements to ensure the validity of the clinical research data, assist principal investigator and/or program manager in defining information and plans required to accomplish goals of studies, assist in the design and creation of protocol specific case report forms as needed, prepares reports on individual patients or the study as required by the principal investigators and/or external agencies, enter patient demographic and clinical data into institutional database systems as required, and responds in a timely manner to special projects or queries related to the data. The coordinator will identify community dwelling older subjects who will undergo influenza vaccine in the fall.
The coordinator will be expected to organize recruitment venues in outpatient clinics, assisted living facilities, senior centers, and then recruit subjects into the clinical protocol. Perform home visits as necessary, and perform phlebotomy as part of this and other study protocols. The coordinator will be involved in the administration of study procedures for clinical and home visit; handling all related procedures (i.e.) participant recruitment, enrollment, scheduling, data forms, and mailings; phone interviewer schedules; explaining study procedures to prospective participants and speaking with participants from previous studies, contact potential subjects either by letter or phone, conducting baseline and follow-up interviews and questionnaires; working with the database manager on proper entry of collected data; performing related project tasks and support as necessary.
Efficiency, organization, and time management skills are essential to the position. This individual must be able to use all standard personal computer work station programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel and Access. In addition, this individual must be able to submit investigator approved communications regarding multiple research studies with Hopkins IRB office through web-based program. Individual must be able to ultilize standard telephone equipment and communicate clearly in English with potential subjects so that they understand research protocols that they may volunteer for.
The individual should be able to draw blood on human subjects as many of the protocols require that samples of blood be taken from volunteers. In addition, this individual must have a personal automobile as many of the subjects are not able to come to the research campus and therefore must be visited at home by the clinical coordinator. Individual must also be able to work with biological samples and deliver them to the appropriate laboratories as part of these studies.
Bachelor's degree in related discipline. Some related experience. 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.
Phlebotomy skills, proficiency in the use of software applications (i.e. ACCESS, Excel and statistical software programs), databases, spreadsheets, and word processing. Excellent organizational skills. Excellent attention to detail skills. Must have ability to manage multiple and competing priorities. Must have excellent time management skills; oral and written communication skills and be able to work independently. The successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to work well with other professionals with minimal supervision, and comfort being part of a diverse professional team.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
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