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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/26/2016

University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
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Full Time
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Title:
Research Associate I

UCLA Title:
Staff Research Assoc I

Job No.:

Work Hours:

Work Location:
Neurology-Westwood, CA.

Job Type:


Minimum Salary:
$20.14 / $3504

Maximum Salary:
$24.02 / $4179

Layoff Referral Deadline:

Bargaining Unit:


Under the supervision by the Program Manager (SRA III who reports directly to the Program Director), the SRA I will assist in the coordination and conduct of all clinical trials conducted by the UCLA Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer s Disease Treatment Development Program. The incumbent is responsible for systematic collection of research data, collection and processing of research specimens, entry of data, and scheduling of research appointments

To serve as an assistant for research projects planned and conducted through the UCLA Kagan Alzheimer s Disease Treatment Development Program.


1. Read, fully understand, and precisely carry out research protocols and the study procedures required at each visit.

2. Maintain a detailed and accurate record of all subject related visits and data collection.

3. Ensure accurate and timely reporting of adverse events to sponsors and IRB

4. Accurately measure and record subjects vital signs.

5. Perform 12-lead ECGs on clinical trials subjects.

6. Collect and process research specimen according to protocol and program standard operating procedures

7. Using universal precautions, process blood and urine specimens as outlined in research protocols.

8. Forward blood and urine specimens to designated central labs in accordance with UCLA Office of Environment, Health, and Safety guidelines.

9. Follow FDA regulations and UCLA policies governing clinical trials with human subjects.

10. Perform psychometric testing assessment of research participants once certified.

11. Perform other duties to facilitate and ensure safe subject care as needed.

12. Perform blood draws on clinical trial participants

13. Educate potential research subjects and their caregivers on research projects including the purpose, procedures, risks, benefits, and rights as subjects while adhering to UCLA policies and procedures concerning informed consent

14. Pre-screen subjects for potential study candidacy.



Coordinate subject visits with PI, SRAs, physicians, blinded raters, and other important personnel.

Coordinate subject visits with CNT, CTRC, radiology, molecular imaging, lab, pharmacy, etc.

Reorder laboratory supplies directly from study specific vendors and assure study kit supplies are appropriately stocked for visit use.

Assist the Program Coordinator in the maintenance of regulatory documents, as necessary.

Respond to inquiries from the general public regarding clinical trials for memory problems, Alzheimer s disease, and other dementias.


1. Review records, data sheets, and case report forms for completeness and accuracy.

2. Perform data entry in accord with sponsor or trial requirements and systems

3. Assist in tracking subject visits in Excel files and report progress at weekly meetings.

4. Assist in the design and development of source documents specific to each clinical trial.

5. Assist in reconcile data discrepancies.

Data entry for departmnet registries.


1. Complete and maintain certification in outcome assessments, per study protocol and sponsor requirements.

2. Complete and maintain certification in the on-line program CITI Training.

3. Will attend weekly meetings to keep the Program Director and physicians apprised of subject status.

4. Support activities of the Easton Center as necessary, including but not limited to, performing telephone follow-up with potential participants, data collection, and other supportive activities in non-clinical trial studies.

5. Attend regular all-staff meetings for the Easton Center.

6. Provide CNT Coordinator and CTRC Program Coordinators with updates to clinical trials policies and study procedures.

7. Attend clinical trials investigators meetings, which may be at locations outside Los Angeles and may require air travel, overnight and/or weekend stays (2-3 annually).

8. Travel to off-campus research sites to carry out clinical trial activities as needed.

9. Attend off-site recruitment events as necessary on weekends and evenings.


Medical training and experience - preferred

BA or BS degree in Psychology, Biology, or Sociology with courses in Health Services, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health research methodology, or relevant field- preferred

Recent (within the last 18 months) and relevant experience conducting clinical trials

Demonstrated knowledge of Alzheimer s disease - preferred

Experience in preparing protocols for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) - preferred

Experience in working with neurology patients and patient triaging - preferred

Ability to communicate effectively in spoken English

Ability to speak Spanish - preferred

Skill in writing legible, concise, and grammatically correct standard English

Knowledge of universal precautions

Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion and diplomacy

Ability to work cooperatively with physicians, nurses, and Center staff

Customer service skills to interact courteously, tactfully, and with sensitivity to patients, research subjects, caregivers, and the general public

Ability to make sound judgments and decisions

Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively with frequent interruptions and distractions

Knowledge of FDA regulations pertaining to drug research with human subjects at clinical sites - preferred

Skill in performing venipuncture - preferred

Skill in use of laboratory centrifuge

Skill in performing 12-lead ECGs

Knowledge of UCLA Office of Environment, Health, and Safety guidelines for shipping diagnostic specimens - preferred

Ability to work overtime or alternate hours as requested

Ability to travel, including weekends - preferred

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite for Macintosh computers

Previous experience in cognitive, psychological, or neuropsychological test administration - preferred

Work a standard work schedule as directed by the supervisor and determined by the needs of the project/center

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