Job description

Duties: The Penn Memory Center participates in therapeutic and biomarker studies (NIH, foundation or industry sponsored) in patients with Normal Cognition, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The Clinical Research Coordinator B will either lead or substantially assist other coordinators in the execution of phase I through III intervention studies, and experimental psychology and longitudinal cohort studies, including acquisition of neuroimaging and experimental cognitive neuroscience measures, conducted at the Penn Memory Center. This research recruits a spectrum of older adults that includes persons with no cognitive impairment and persons with cognitive impairment caused by Alzheimers and other neurodegenerative diseases.
The Clinical Research Coordinator B applicant must be comfortable with learning how to run MRI and PET protocols, including but not limited to undergoing training to operate the MRI machine and collect biological samples, and be comfortable in psychological assessment, have experience conducting interviews for psychiatric well-being and understand how mood and behaviors may be impacted by disclosing sensitive health information. Coordinator must participate in ongoing protocol training/compliance meetings and adhere to all University of Pennsylvania, FDA, and GCP guidelines.
Key duties will include, but are not limited to:
(1) Recruit, screen and enroll patients as specified by the protocol.
(2) Schedule study visits and any necessary testing, including cognitive testing, PET scans and MRIs.
(3)Gather data from subjects, monitor them, and ensure adherence to protocol requirements.
(4) Coordinate, organize and maintain all documentation required by the sponsor (NIH, foundation or industry) or CRO - source documentation, case report forms, research charts and regulatory documents.
(5) Collect, review and report study data.
(6) Complete case report forms and resolve data queries.
(7) Process and ship study specimens including blood, urine and tissue samples.
(8) Provide regular updates at meetings with the Penn Memory Center team of coordinators and researchers.

Other duties include: assist in the preparation and submission of regulatory documents (including continuing reviews, amendments and adverse event reporting) to the Institutional Review Board; assist in obtaining the appropriate signatures for regulatory forms; perform blood draws, ECG, blood pressure and other measurements and testing. Participate in initiation, monitoring, audit and close-out visits. Participate in ongoing protocol training/compliance meetings. Assist in the development/maintenance of study specific case report forms and source document tools; show vigilance in patient safety, protocol compliance and data quality.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of research experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. The preferred candidate will have experience and comfort working with older adults, particularly persons with Alzheimer's disease, and their family members, and have an expertise in navigating psycho-social symptoms such as anxiety and depression. A background in psychology neuroscience, and/or public health is preferred. Comfort with using various data collection tools and analytic software is also preferred.

Position requires effective problem solving abilities; effective communication and writing skills; strong organizational and time management skills; flexible and ability to multi-task; demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team and function independently; knowledge of IRB and human research protection. The preferred candidate will be a self-starter, able to interact with diverse individuals, and have an interest in engaging in scholarly work related to cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and public health.

Reference Number: 40-27820

Salary Grade: 026

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: NE-Neurology

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Job Family: I-Technical/Professional Research




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Posted: 1/31/2018
Application Due: 1/2/2019
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