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HJF is seeking a Junior Research Coordinator to support the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD.
- Knowledgeable and proficient with the content of DVCIPM protocols including protocols that will be exported or initiated at Ft Belvoir Community Hospital. May identify problems in the research design or analysis methodology and trends in patient reactions to treatment.
- Assist the site PI’s with feasibility in the development of research question, design and methodology. Assists in the coordination, organization and management of protocols. Ensures protocols are represented/supported at the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). Works with the PI’s, Research Manager, and Senior Scientist for edits/questions posed by the IRB.
- Communicates with study site Department of Research Programs (DRP), and other appropriate departments and/or institutions, ensuring compliance with regulatory affairs and requirements of relevance to the Institutional Review Boards (IRB).
- As a Junior Coordinator, helps implement studies once approvals have been established. Submits protocol revisions as required to Department of Research Program, Henry Jackson Foundation (HJF) Regulatory Affairs, and appropriate Secondary Research Offices. Ensures the PI, submits annual progress reports as required.
- Coordinate protocol specific training to study site staff and ensures all human research protection (HRP) education is current. Assists with drafting standard operating procedures (SOPs), coordinating in-services with clinical and research staff, and maintaining training logs.
- May coordinate study record audits and furnish guidance and assistance as needed. Assists staff in audit preparation. Study audits will be at the discretion of the Program Director and do not require advance notice.
- Reviews new patient records for eligibility for participating in research protocol. Recruits patients and collects data for the research protocol and inform patient of their responsibilities. Interviews patients to collect data on health history.
- Coordinates the collection and shipping of specimens from participating patients.
- Performs data entry, ensuring a high level of accuracy within the database. Maintains proficiency in the protocol-specific data capturing software – e.g. Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) and Wounded Ill and Injured Registry software. Queries data at the request of PI, Site PI or associated Research management staff.
- Maintains research records, such as consent forms, data sheets in a secure file. Assists in the preparation of interim and final research reports
- Develops reports and presentations of clinical results at local and national meetings and assist in the preparation of research articles for publication in scientific journals. Maintains current review of relevant professional literature.
- Acts as the site point of contact (POC) - Promotes and maintains communication within the department, and with other disciplines encouraging a collegial environment.
- Participates and assists in organizing research meetings.
- Adheres to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy, exhibiting a high degree of personal professional conduct.
- Travels to other project locations as needed.
- Assists with special projects and performs other duties as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of procedures and techniques necessary for performing research tasks; ability to learn and become proficient in data acquisition and research responsibilities related to research protocols; excellent interpersonal skills.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred. Certification as a Research Coordinator (CCRC) through SoCRA, ACRP or other if preferred. Science degree desired, but may be substituted with work experience.
Minimum Experience: 2 to 4 years’ research experience.
Physical Capabilities: Long periods of sitting, standing, escorting patients, carrying light items; may encounter patients who are in pain and are confused, agitated, or abusive.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Certified Research Coordinator (CCRP or other) preferred but not required.
Work Environment: Office and clinical environment.
HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.