Durham, North Carolina

School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

 

Clinical Research Specialist, Senior

 

 

Type of Research:
Duke Neurosurgery performs a variety of research in both adults and pediatric patients.  Trials involving research for Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, other Movement Disorders, rare genetic disorders, bleeding and/or tumors of the brain, Epilepsy, and Chronic Pain are just some of what our department loves to invest our time and effort towards. We are involved in device trials as well as drug trials. Studies may be complex with randomization, blinding, crossovers, etc., as well as non-complex studies such as registries, specimen collection, and observational studies.  We have a diverse research group that love working together as a team, are very supportive of one another, and have our own core team values.


Special skills:
The Duke Department of Neurosurgery is looking for motivated and talented individuals with a desire to participate in and assist with a fast-paced academic, medical, and scientific research environment.  The Duke Neurosurgery research team is led by a productive group of clinically active neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, surgeon scientists, and eight dedicated PhD researchers.


Operations:
Assists with study level documentation and approvals for international studies. Under supervision, assists with managing investigational products including arrival, storage, and handling (requisitions, inventory, and reordering). Under supervision, prepares for study monitoring and audit visits. Maintains participant-level documentation for non-complex (e.g., questionnaire, data registry, scripted) studies outside of the EHR. Follows SOPs and strategies to manage and retain research subjects. Recruits research participants according to study protocol. Screens participants in person or over the phone for non-complex studies (e.g., questionnaire, data registry, scripted) or may collect information from the EHR to assist study team in determining eligibility. Follows SOPs. Independently employs simple procedures for collecting, preparing, processing, shipping, and maintaining inventory of specimens. Assists with establishing and maintaining study level documentation. Schedules participants for research visits. Prepares necessary documents, equipment, supplies, etc. Conducts and documents non-complex visits and scripted testing or interviews.  May manage participant payment. Participates in study team meetings.

Ethics:
Recognizes known potential adverse events, identified in the protocol or investigator brochure, and reports to study team. Conducts and documents consent for participants in non-complex studies. These are typically repositories, survey studies, simple observational studies and non-patient studies that do not involve investigational products or devices. Cannot consent for any studies that involve investigational products or devices or require clinical research orders in Maestro Care (i.e., electronic health record). Assists with the development of consent plans and documents for participants. Under supervision, for non-complex studies (e.g., survey studies and registries), develops and submits documentation and information for IRB review.

Data:
Enters and collects basic data for research studies. May score scripted or validated tests and measures. Independently corrects and documents incomplete, inaccurate or missing data for non-complex studies. Follows SOPs for quality assurance. Runs summaries and reports on existing data. Follows required processes, policies, and systems to ensure data security and provenance.  In addition, recognizes and reports security of physical and electronic data vulnerabilities. Learns and uses new technology when required.

Science:
May assist with simple literature searches under supervision from PI or CRC. Under guidance, develops sections of protocols for simple studies (e.g., registries, survey studies). Provides some contribution to scientific publications or presentations (no authorship).

Study and Site Management:
As directed, attends or schedules site visits. Records participant accrual information and consent documentation for non-complex studies in clinical research management system. Records basic protocol information in clinical research management system. For studies with simple supplies or equipment, ensures that there are ample supplies and that equipment is in good working order. Ensures that studies are conducted in compliance with institutional requirements and other policies. Follows protocol-specific systems and process flows. As directed, assists in preparing studies for closeout, (e.g., packing files, documenting files for storage, shipping extra supplies back to sponsor).

Leadership:
Works with the manager to understand areas of opportunity and develop a training plan. Takes training courses and applies the knowledge and skills. May also train others in the skills learned. Keeps current with research updates by attending key external departmental meetings (i.e. Research Wednesday, RPN, additional training, etc.). Navigates processes and people involved in Duke clinical research, demonstrates the organizational awareness, and has the interpersonal skills necessary to get work done efficiently. Demonstrates resilience and is adaptive to change. Uses advanced subject matter expertise in the therapeutic area or clinical research to solve problems. Communicates with other study personnel as required for study implementation and routine problem resolution.


Minimum Qualifications

Education

Work requires an Associate's degree.

Experience

 

One year of relevant experience. A Bachelor's degree may substitute for required experience.

 

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

 

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

 

Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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