Research Associate I
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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/26/2016
University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers
Los Angeles, CA
JOB DESCRIPTIONJob Title:
Research Associate I
Staff Research Assoc I
$20.14 / $3504
$24.02 / $4179
Layoff Referral Deadline:
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.
III. DATA MANAGEMENT
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.
IV. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
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