Clincial Research Specialist

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Specialist - Contributing

Working Title:

Clincial Research Specialist

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$34,997 - $50,145

Pay Band Information:

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

1 year

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Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

Department Name and Number:

Globl Hlth and Infect Disease-427801

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The Mission of the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases is to develop ongoing clinical, educational and research activities focused on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Working in nine countries, throughout the state, and across campus, the institute’s goals include:
• Executing basic and applied research in infectious diseases and fostering collaboration among other investigators and researchers from both within and outside the University of North Carolina system.
• Coordinating International and community outreach activities with UNC’s School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and appropriate State agencies.
• Improving clinical care in infectious disease, including activities related to the management of HIV and other infectious diseases, as well as activities related to emerging pathogens, international health issues, and clinical outreach efforts.
• Supporting infectious disease prevention activities, including those with a focus on vaccine development and vaccination practices.

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 Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study / Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) is a collaborative research effort to understand and reduce the impact of chronic health conditions that affect people living with HIV. The MWCCS, which is administered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and supported by 13 other NIH institutes builds on previous scientific and clinical research from the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) and the Multicenter AIDS Cohorts Study (MACS), the largest and longest-running research cohorts of women and men, respectively, with HIV or at risk for HIV infection in the U.S.

MWCCS participants will be seen at least once per year for the core study visit and as needed for sub-studies (according to the individual protocols). Core study visits consist of a comprehensive interview covering the participant’s medical and psychosocial history, neurocognitive testing, specimen collection, and a clinical exam. Sub-studies may include the collection of additional clinical data and/or specimens. Sub-study visits can be as short or as long as 24 hours, depending on the protocol.

The Clinical Research Specialist will oversee the development and implementation of robust and innovative recruitment plans, work closely with protocol specialists and regulatory staff to navigate IRB approval processes, and track accrual and retention goals per research study.

Additionally, the Clinical Research Specialist will be part of the UNC MWCCS site. Working under the general supervision of the Clinical Research Manager s/he will be responsible for leading and working as part of a team to complete a wide range of other duties, including study planning and protocol development; screening and enrolling participants into specific protocols; conducting relevant study procedures (e.g., interviews, laboratory specimen collection, and/or clinical assessments); documenting study progress and preparing progress reports; lead in QA/QC activities; and assist with tasks as delegated by Clinical Research Manager.

The Clinical Research Specialist is expected to direct all aspects of protocol planning and implementation, from the initial development of study-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) through the interpreting and reporting of study outcomes. This position may be required to serve as the lead protocol administrator for one or more projects. The Clinical Research will be expected to attend training for each protocol and foster maintain the knowledge and skills necessary for the successful performance of all study assessments.

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:

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
• Excellent problem-solving skills; capacity to perform and meet deadlines under pressure. Demonstrated ability to rapidly adjust priorities in a high-paced, high-pressure environment while maintaining patient safety and data quality
• Position requires PC Computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Outlook.
• The UNC MWCCS and STAR cohorts operate at two off-campus clinics (Raleigh/Durham) and staff are often traveling to complete study visits or assessments. The candidate must have the ability to travel between University offices and off-site clinic locations and when necessary, work nights and weekends. Because travel is an integral part of this position, a valid driver’s license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Strong interest in public health or HIV clinical research, as demonstrated through research experience, coursework or internships
• Preference will be given to candidates whose background– and experience– reflect an ability to engage effectively with the target populations.
• Data collection skills: including experience with behavioral data collection using computer-based data collection systems, such as ACASI preferred.
• Clinical research skills, including experience with phlebotomy or clinic-based assessments (eg.g., ECG/EKG, PFT, CIDI) are highly desired, but not required.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

Valid NC Driver’s license

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Valid NC Driver’s License, Evening work occasionally, Weekend work occasionally

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Job No:
Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 3/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time