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UPDATED Research Specialist, Senior (Multiple Positions)

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Position Information

Title UPDATED Research Specialist, Senior (Multiple Positions)
Department Cancer Center Division (0721)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

Note: This posting has been updated as multiple positions available and a new review date. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply.

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer through patient care, research, and education. The Regulatory Office is a functional component of the UACC centralized clinical trials unit that is organized to provide protocol review and activation, administration systems, protocol information and liaison, and clinical trials outreach.

This Research Specialist position will provide dedicated clinical trials administration support for ongoing and new developmental efforts in cancer clinical trials research. This position works closely with clinical faculty and their disease team. This selected candidate will have regular contact with the University of Arizona Human Subjects Protection Program (IRB), investigators, clinical research staff (nurses, data managers), clinical trials sponsors (e.g. private industry and national cooperative groups), and administrative staff. It is expected that this person will have or develop a knowledge base of the disease areas assigned and current management principles and will be able to serve in a consulting role to new faculty and staff regarding policies and procedures for clinical research.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provide senior level coordination of regulatory management of clinical trials.
  • Provide input to CTO management regarding the development and implementation of procedures and processes within the regulatory office.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate IRB submission and approval of new phase I-III protocols for industry, investigator initiated, and national cooperative group studies in assigned disease area.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate IRB submission of amendments, revisions, IND safety reports, and progress reports for approval for assigned disease area studies.
  • Prepare/coordinate and maintain all regulatory documentation required by FDA and sponsor.
  • Coordinate other regulatory activities surrounding clinical trial setup and execution.
  • Serve as a liaison between the assigned disease team, industry/cooperative group representatives, and the IRB for activation and maintenance of specific studies to ensure consistency of approach (e.g., standard operating procedures).
  • Actively participate in assigned disease team, including maintaining ongoing communication with team leaders and strong working relationships with all members (data managers, research nurses) involved in delivery of protocol treatment; attending case management or other disease-oriented meetings, with role in presenting protocol-related information to the team to ensure consistency of approach (e.g., standard operating procedures) and to share information and ideas.
  • Update the clinical trial management system (CTMS) relating to study status and actions.
  • Participate in routine and end of study monitoring and auditing process for assigned studies.
  • Assist in the development of new standard operating procedures as needed for ethical/regulatory/privacy matters.
  • Assist disease team in developing strategies to ensure increased study awareness, subject enrollment, protocol compliance, including maintenance of protocol information tools for assigned disease team.
  • Participate in the training and mentoring of the junior operations staff.
  • Complete other clinical research administration projects as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Knowledge of complex regulations, policies and procedures concerning the conduct of clinical trials, including human subjects’ research, HIPAA, Good Clinical Practice, and International Conference for Harmonization guidelines.
  • Knowledge of medical oncology terminology and treatment concepts.
  • Ability to effectively communicate.
Minimum Qualifications

Please see Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications below.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years of related research experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years of related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Excellent technical writing skills.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of MS Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets).
  • Knowledge of medical oncology terminology and treatment concepts
  • Familiarity with University of Arizona and Federal policies and procedures for protection of human subjects.
  • Previous experience with national cooperative group and private industry cancer clinical research.
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 hours week
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $39,173 - $59,948 Annually, DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24247
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Elizabeth McPeak

Open Date 11/14/2017
Review Start Date 01/26/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Upon hire, will you possess a Master's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three years of related research experience; OR, Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment and four years of related research experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents