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University of Pennsylvania Clinical Research Coordinator in United States

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Posted Job Title

Clinical Research Coordinator

Job Profile Title

Clinical Research Coordinator

Job Description Summary

We are seeking a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) to participate in a study in a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. This observational study aims to fill the empirical gaps in the current understanding of cancer pain self-management and its outcomes. Our overriding goal is to improve the quality of life through generation of new knowledge for developing workable interventions to reduce pain, improve function, and reduce disparities among cancer patients. This study involves collection of self-reported daily pain data, collection of surveys to measure patient-reported outcomes, review of electronic medical records (EMR), and assessment of medication self-management using the medication event monitoring system (MEMS).

Job Description

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) will be a collaborative member of our team and will serve under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Project Manager. The CRC will help to ensure the completion of the project timelines for both recruitment and data collection. The ideal candidate has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, previous experience with human subjects research, is able to adhere strictly to the study protocol, is savvy in computer skills and able to handle technology, is willing to use a phone for data collection and recruitment, is interested in clinical research serving the adult population, and has an understanding of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) practices to protect human subjects research. Some training in pharmacology or background in health-related fields is preferred. The data collection tasks required for this position can be performed remotely. The CRC must have access to a computer and phone, must be able to arrange local travel on occasion, and access the main office at Claire M. Fagin Hall. Access to required software, such as MS Office and REDCap, will be provided.


Subject Recruitment, Consent & Remote Data Collection

  • Assist with all phases of study implementation including participant recruitment and enrollment, data collection, and participant follow-up.

  • Conduct telephone calls adhering to study procedures and training manuals.

  • Obtain informed consent from participants.

  • Assist participants in setting up the technology to measure medication adherence and daily self-reported pain.

  • Administer multiple self-reported study surveys.

  • Adhere to protocol procedures to maintain participant safety and protection of human subjects data.

  • Assist in the design and creation of project related materials such as recruitment materials, publications, etc.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with participants and our recruitment sites (outpatient cancer clinics at Penn Medicine).

  • Assist with training of research assistants and work-study students to facilitate recruitment and perform data entry.

  • Train new research assistants/word study students in administering study procedures

Subject Follow-up and Outcome Assessments

  • Coordinates and conducts follow-up and outcomes assessments via telephone

  • Monitors adverse events or changes in participant status (e.g. changes in medication) over time.

Quality Management and Compliance with Study Protocols; Data management

  • Ensure compliance with human subject’s standards and research protocols, maintains strict confidentiality.

  • Promptly reports any areas of concern to project manager or principal investigator according to study protocol.

  • Assures confidentiality of study data

  • Ensures quality control measures in keeping with study protocols

  • Perform data entry into REDCap in a timely manner

  • Understand good clinical practice (GCP) and HIPAA.

Participates in Reporting & Dissemination Activities

  • Assists with preparation of reports, institutional review board and funding agency including adverse event reporting

  • Participates in drafting and editing presentation abstracts and manuscripts

  • May also assist in manuscript development


• A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Psychology, Public Health or related health sciences field and/or equivalent experience with acquired knowledge of research or experimental techniques. Master’s Degree preferred. The candidate should also have an interest in pharmacology and clinical research.

• Ability to work independently, accurately and to solve technical and methodological issues that arise during the course of the research.

• Must be flexible, resourceful, and well organized.

• The ability to establish rapport with adult patients living with complex medical conditions and their caregivers

• Proficiency with technology and software programs used for word processing, spreadsheets and data entry and willingness to learn and demonstrate proficiency in technology used for this study.

• Experience with REDCap for collecting and maintenance of clinical survey data is preferred.

• The ability to work under time pressure to meet deadlines and deliverables.

Position is contingent upon continued funding.

Job Location - City, State

Department / School

School of Nursing

Pay Range

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