RESEARCH COORDINATOR

University of Washington - Seattle, WA

Part-time
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As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

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The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

The University of Washington International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) was established within the Department of Global Health in 2007. The Center currently has thirteen productive faculty members, approximately 30 highly competent staff who specialize in study operations, regulatory affairs, data management and analysis, and specimen repository operations. The overarching goals of the ICRC are to: 1) Conduct clinical research on HIV and other infectious diseases of public health significance, 2) Evaluate interventions to reduce the burden of disease, 3) Conduct observational analyses and translational research on pathogenesis and new intervention targets, and 4) Mentor graduate students and international collaborators in clinical research.

The International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE) Research Coordinator to recruit and enroll subjects for a research study on doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of sexual transmitted diseases among men who have sex with men living with HIV or on PrEP. The Research Coordinator will work with research teams and clinical staff in the Madison HIV clinic at Harborview Medical Center to screen patients for research eligibility, work with study coordinators to recruit patients, consent and enroll participants, screening patient charts and coordinating research recruitment activities with clinical visits, and administering questionnaires and study procedures. The Research Coordinator reports to the Center’s Managing Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under direction from the Principal Investigators and the Center’s Managing Director, the Research Coordinator will be responsible for the following activities, including, but not limited to:

Study Coordination:
  • Oversee day-to-day research-related participant recruitment and retention activities
  • Follow guidelines for identifying subject populations; work with a variety of clinical staff to coordinate patient recruitment
  • Work with Principal Investigators and study coordinators to develop systems to track pre-screening, screening, and enrollment.
  • Report on recruitment and retention progress to research team
  • Assist with scheduling and retention for the research project
  • Maintain confidentiality of subject records
  • Track inventory and order supplies
  • Manage communications and maintain effective working relationships with research teams and clinical providers
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Subject Interaction:
  • Support research teams as needed by recruiting patients for studies
  • Screen potential participants and administer questionnaires
  • Complete the consent process for certain clinical trials (e.g. diagnostic test studies requiring only one visit)
  • Maintain communication with appropriate study personnel and clinic staff regarding subjects’ questions and concerns
Clinical Procedures:
  • Perform clinical procedures as necessary, including but not limited to phlebotomy, finger sticks, nasopharyngeal swabs
  • Explain to patients how to self-collect anatomic swabs (i.e. rectal, pharyngeal) and urine for STD screening
  • Prepare specimens for lab analysis in accordance with study protocols - label catalog, and occasionally transport specimens to laboratory facilities
  • Minimally process blood, urine or anatomic swabs for delivery via courier to other researchers
Administrative Duties:
  • Keep clinical areas stocked with supplies, ordering stock when low
  • Prepare consent packets and kits for studies
  • Attend weekly team meetings
  • Be a liaison between study teams, study subjects and collaborators
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a health-related field
  • Minimum two years of experience in human subjects research and/or a clinic setting
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Flexibility with shifting priorities and competing demands in a fast-paced work environment
  • Comfortable with discussing sexual behavior and sexually-transmitted infections
  • Self-starter and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organization, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Word for Windows, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE
  • Medical Assistant certification
  • Prior research, clinical or other professional experience with HIV/STD
  • Prior research, clinical or other professional experience with sexual and gender minority populations
  • Experience collaborating with and contributing to a research team.
  • Prior experience with handling, processing, and transporting of human biological specimens
  • Research specific training in Protection of Human Research Subjects, Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA compliance, Blood Borne Pathogens, Shipping and Transporting Hazardous Materials, Laboratory Safety Compliance, and Managing Laboratory Chemicals training
  • Familiar with electronic medical record programs (EPIC)