Research Specialist 2, Clinical Research Operations Office - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Jul 30, 2018
Feb 05, 2019
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Specialist 2, Clinical Research Operations Office - Georgetown University Medical Center

The mission of Georgetown's Clinical Research Operations Office (CROO) is to provide services to: ● Georgetown researchers, assisting with study start-up and administration; ● Patients and the general public, providing up-to-date information about ongoing clinical studies at Georgetown University Hospital Medical Center (GUMC); ● and Sponsors, helping them identify GU investigators for participation in their research.

The Research Specialist 2 is a team lead responsible for, and critically important to, the overall operational management of clinical research activities, and has as direct responsibility for implementing a diverse portfolio of research activities for studies spanned across multiple disciplines. S/he performs  expert and efficient integration of multiple complex programmatic activities, applying a sophisticated medical knowledge base, leadership skills, effectively working with a variety of people and organizations GUMC and elsewhere, exhibiting an in depth knowledge of specific programs. Reporting to the Clinical Research Manager and Principal Investigator, the D has duties that include but are not limited to:

Mentorship and Training

  • Works directly with Manager of Central Research Support Services to provide mentorship and training for junior level CRC roles (Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Research Coordinator I).
  • Assists in the completion of CRC competency checklists under the supervision of the Manager of Central Research Support Services.
  • Networks and builds trusting relationships with potential GUMC CRC pool users.
  • Participates in GUMC activities to promote the CRC pool.

Departmental Support

  • Provides CRC support to multiple departments and projects conducted at GUMC.
  • Liaises with sponsor regarding site management, data review, and query resolution issues, providing guidance and suggestion for resolution.
  • Provides strategic and operational regulatory guidance to internal project teams.
  • Completes and submits case report forms on as close to a "real time basis" as possible.

Research Participants

  • Ensures all research participants encounters are updated as appropriate and within 24 hours in OnCore CTMS
  • Collects, enters, and analyzes subject data, and compiles reports using OnCore CTMS.
  • Provides monthly enrollment numbers to the Manager of Central Research Support Services.

Collateral Duties

  • Submits study-specific time sheets weekly to the Manager of Central Research Support Services.
  • Attends monthly CROO meetings and weekly study team meetings.
  • Completes and maintains GCP and Human Subjects Protection Training.


  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific or related field  - preference for Master's degree in related field
  • 3 to 5 years of clinical research experience - preference for supervisory experience
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical research contracts and grants, clinical trials, protocols, FDA regulations, and complex visit structures
  • Significant clinical trial management experience including regulatory and compliance responsibilities
  • Exceptional analytical skills to address complex and non-routine issues requiring the development of innovative solutions
  • Excellent demonstrated interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to operate effectively in a changing organizational and technological environment
  • Strong working knowledge of FDA, NCI, OHRP and/or ICH GCPs
  • Ability to interpret and apply GUMC policies and federal, state, and local regulations

Preferred qualifications

  • Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and/or Clinical Research Associate (CRAA) certification
  • Fluency in spreadsheet software; ability to develop complex spreadsheets independently; and demonstrable skills in audit preparation, execution, and follow-up
  • Experience in risk management regarding study objects, federal, and non-federal sponsors and regulating bodies

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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