Clinical Research Assistant I - Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program- Bethesda, MD

Updated: May 20, 2020
Job ID: 215833
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Clinical Research Assistant I to support the Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) located at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to IDCRP and WRNMMC. US Citizenship is required for this position.

The incumbent will perform clinical research and patient treatment in conjunction with one or more specified clinical research protocols for the IDCRP at the WRNMMC and will be supervised by either Clinical Site Manager or designee.  


  1. Interviews patients for protocols and collects and analyzes appropriate data for recruitment purposes, determine patient commitment and obtains informed consent.
  2. Reviews new patient records and screens patients for eligibility for participating in research protocol.
  3. May be required to draw blood and obtain other specimens as specified in protocols (training will be provided if needed).
  4. Educates patients about the research protocol, their roles in the protocols.  
  5. Assists research team to identify problems in the research design or analysis methodology and trends in patient reactions to treatment.  
  6. Collects, organizes, catalogs, disseminates, and maintains appropriate files of current data.  
  7. Maintains weekly/monthly status reports on all patients.
  8. Acts as a liaison between patients and physicians and serves as a resource for the patients.  
  9. Prepares and maintains manual and computerized data in patient study books according to prescribed standards.
  10. Transcribes and resolves queries of data in case report forms (hardcopy or electronic) and prepares documents, under direction of project heads.  
  11. Adheres to legal, professional and ethical codes with respect to confidentiality and privacy. Assures that protocol requirements are achieved within Good Clinical Practice.
  12. Assists with monitoring audits/visits for protocols.
  13. Travels from their assigned workplace to support protocols at other sites as needed. 
  14. Schedules patients for appointments and visits.  
  15. Performs other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of federal and local regulations and policies pertinent to research involving human subjects; excellent interpersonal and computer skills; ability to communicate effectively and to work with individuals of all levels. Phlebotomy experience preferred.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline. Phlebotomy experience or knowledge preferred.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 0 to 2 years of experience working with human subjects research protocols.

Physical Capabilities: Long periods of sitting and standing; some bending, lifting, and walking; escorting patients and carrying light items; may encounter patients who are confused, agitated, or abusive.

Work Environment: Laboratory, office or clinical/hospital environment; possible evening and/or weekend hours. Requires work on military base with requirement for background investigation.

Background/Security: U.S. citizenship required; eligible to obtain and maintain a Tier III Investigation/ Secret Clearance and Common Access Card (CAC).

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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.