Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

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Position TypePermanent Staff (SHRA)Is this an internal only recruitment?NoPosition TitleSoc/Clin Research Specialist - JourneyWorking TitleSenior Clinical Research CoordinatorPosition Number20023185Vacancy IDP012044Budgeted Hiring Range$53,772 - $64,000Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade EquivalentGN11Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-LimitedFull-Time Time-LimitedIf time-limited, estimated duration of appointment2Hours per week40Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Department Name and NumberTraCS Institute-429801Date First Posted10/19/2020Closing Date11/06/2020Position LocationChapel Hill, NCPosition Posting CategoryResearch ProfessionalsDepartment Description

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute was established at the University of North Carolina in January 2007. The mission of the NC TraCS Institute is to enhance the health of citizens of North Carolina and to serve as leaders in clinical and translational science by accelerating the pace at which specific discoveries are translated into improved heath for the public. The NC TraCS Institute achieves this mission through statewide efforts that unite investigators and research infrastructure across the entire UNC system and spread the conduct of research from the campuses into the community.

The Research Coordination and Management Unit (RCMU) is a centralized research support unit of NC TraCS that provides short-term study coordination services to investigators across the UNC research enterprise.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The Senior Clinical Research Coordinator will work with study teams to plan and coordinate clinical studies across a variety of therapeutic areas. Position requires ability to work independently and use judgement to make appropriate decisions, ensuring compliance with protocols, regulatory guidelines, and ethical principles. Extensive knowledge of UNC research processes, GCP, CFR, and study start-up requirements will contribute to a successful candidate.

The primary purpose of this position will be to provide project manager-level support to study teams. This may require resource management, hiring/training of study staff, full support in planning and launching a study (notice of award through recruitment launch), tracking progress, material development, diagnosis and mitigation of barriers, and training of PIs and study teams on research best practices and process optimization. Must be able to communicate effectively with team members, investigators, sponsors, and study participants. Must be able to convey information concisely and professionally, including developing and presenting reports.

As some in-person study support may also be required, candidate must be able to execute study protocols and activities, collect, monitor and maintain research data, develop data management plans, and ensure accuracy, validity, and integrity of study data. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to research with several years of applicable research experience and the capability to lead study teams in their research endeavors.

This position is listed as time-limited but is not dependent on individual study funding and may be extended.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

- Experience as a clinical research coordinator and/or clinical research project manager
- Experience with both administrative research processes (IRB applications, protocol development, creation of source documents, oversight of study staff, process optimization, study timeline planning, etc.) and protocol execution activities (recruitment, study visits, specimen collection/processing, participant payment distribution, data collection and management, etc.)
- In depth knowledge of research best practices and regulations, demonstrated ability to successfully and independently navigate all aspects of clinical research
- Experience training others on research best practices, including PIs, new study staff, and/or other personnel
- Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to successfully balance multiple competing priorities and deadlines
- Excellent communication skills with a focus on customer service and the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with a variety of people in a professional and diplomatic manner.
- Must be proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word

Preferred Qualifications

- Prefer candidate with UNC research experience
- Experience with both federal and industry sponsors
- Experience with budgeting and negotiating contracts
- Experience in varied clinical areas and ability to identify and solve problems
- Demonstrated leadership experience
- Proficiency with REDCap
- Advanced degree in clinical research, public health, or related field
- Professional research coordination certification (CCRC, CCRP) or willingness to obtain certification

Required Licenses/Certifications


Special Physical and Mental Requirements


Position/Schedule RequirementsEvening work occasionallyPosition AttributesStimulus/ARRA FundedNoQuick Link of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you have experience executing research studies in a clinical setting?
      • Yes
      • No
    2. * Have you worked on federally funded studies before?
      • Yes
      • No
    3. * Have you worked on industry sponsored studies before?
      • Yes
      • No
    4. * How comfortable do you feel independently navigating study start-up and ongoing regulatory processes for clinical trials?
      • Very comfortable
      • Somewhat comfortable
      • Not comfortable, but am willing to learn
    5. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Specialist position.
      • Bachelor's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 1 year of related training or experience.
      • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate in an unrelated field and at least 5 years of related training and/or experience.
      • Master's and/or Doctorate in a discipline related to the field assigned.
      • Associate's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 3 years of related training or experience.
      • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 5 years of experience related to the field assigned (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 4 years experience).
      • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal at least 9 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 6 years of experience).
      • None of the above




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    Posted: 10/19/2020
    Application Due: 11/4/2020
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