Melanoma Translational Research Coordinator
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POST DATE 9/13/2016
END DATE 5/20/2017
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
JOB DESCRIPTIONGENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Senior Clinical Research Coordinator will provide administrative support and project management for specific research undertaken by the MGH melanoma program, including the newly established brain metastasis research program. . The CRC II will work closely with physician leaders in the coordination of therapeutic and translational research for patients with advanced melanoma. The CRC II will interact directly with patients, research nurses, clinical research coordinators, and members of the Flaherty lab to coordinate patient participation in biomarker investigations. The CRC II will ensure that patients eligible for biomarker-based investigations are captured in a screening database and are approached by physicians-investigators to discuss participation and consent. The CRC II will work with clinical and research coordinators to ensure scheduling of tumor biopsies and research phlebotomy. Responsibilities will extend to the brain metastasis research program.. The CRC II will maintain a database of patients receiving investigational therapies or biomarker studies including tumor/blood sampling time points, biomarker assessments relevant to trial eligibility (genetic testing, immune biomarkers, etc.)
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Correlative Studies Project Management:
Daily clinical operations oversight of the correlative research initiatives of both the melanoma surgical oncology and medical oncology departments at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
* Participate in development, planning, implementation, and execution of blood and tissue collection studies and coordination of research efforts among clinical, laboratory, and ancillary team members.
* Identification of potential research subjects from multi-disciplinary groups at MGH Cancer Center
* Facilitate subject consent, sample collection, and sample delivery to performing research laboratories both within MGH and at collaborating sites
* Track and communicate upcoming surgical and clinical procedures for potential and registered subjects to investigators, study staff, and laboratory personnel
* Promote quality control initiatives for data verification and reporting between groups
Assure trial execution of all studies meets proposed objectives, timelines, and budgets set forth by the Principal Investigator
* Define and track project intent, aim, timelines, and deliverables that support the research goals of the investigators and cooperative institutions
* Maintain the timeliness and thoroughness of project progress, facilitate information requests, and synthesize detailed data analysis reports for preparation of scientific abstracts and presentations
Participate in conceptualization of new research projects in conjunction with the investigators while identifying emerging changes to the scope of existing studies and implementing necessary study updates
* Ensure appropriate preparation and review of new project applications and protocol amendments for submission to the DF/HCC IRB
* Effectively communicate and manage updates to project timeline expectations with research team and laboratory members and members of participating groups
* Work closely with investigators on administrative aspects of project completion and collaborative efforts of researchers, sponsors, and industry representatives
Preserve integrity of the research by ensuring studies are performed according to the DF/HCC codes of conduct and in agreement with regulatory guidelines of human research activities, HIPAA, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
* Track and facilitate completion of required compliance activities and documentation for projects
* Ensure appropriate training of new study staff while conforming to standards and guidelines set forth by regulatory authorities
Scientific Administrative Support
* Attend meetings of MGH Melanoma Program and Brain Metastasis Program
* Supervise and train Flaherty lab research assistants in maintaining database of patient-derived samples
* Generate meeting minutes and action items with Drs. Flaherty and Sullivan
* Meet with physician leaders at least once per week to review project portfolio and action items
* Meet weekly with members of the Flaherty lab to ensure optimal coordination of tumor biopsy and blood sample processing
* Meet monthly with members of the Engelman lab to develop melanoma patient derived cancer models
* Liaise with colleagues on collaborative cross-institution work within DF/HCC
* Contribute to other strategic planning and special project oversight as requested
* Contribute to and support a team environment
* Support Department efforts to collaborate with the biopharmaceutical partners
* Liaise with colleagues on collaborative cross-university work
* Acquiring specific knowledge of all relevant MGH and Partners policies and procedures
* Incumbent will supervise post-doctoral fellows and research technicians in the Flaherty lab
* B.A/B.S. required
* Minimum of 3-4 years related experience required.
* Proven success and experience facilitating multi-disciplinary interaction
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
* Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
* Ability to work independently with general direction, moderate oversight and day-to-day instruction
* Ability to handle multiple complex projects simultaneously
* Commitment to excellence
* Excellent project management skills
* Demonstrated ability to take initiative based on sound judgment
* Knowledge of MGH/Partners/HMS conflict of interest rules
* Flexibility and willingness to take on broad range of tasks
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues at all levels, from administrative assistants to academic, hospital, and corporate collaborators
* The incumbent will work in an office environment in the MGH Cancer Center Administration or Flaherty lab. There may be considerable foot traffic and noise from time to time from visitors and other residents of the office area. The position requires frequent travel among MGH/Partners HealthCare sites and other institutions in Boston.
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