Full/Associate Specialist –Fracture Prevention Study
If you are passionate about using technology and medicine to improve the lives of others, and seeking a position and career that interacts with Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients, neurology researchers, and health care professionals; and requires excellent people, computer, and organization skills, this opportunity may be of interest to you. We are seeking a full-time Specialist to become an integral part of our team! We offer a positive environment with dedicated colleagues in the Department of Neurology at UCSF.
This candidate will be integral in executing the “Prevention of Fractures in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease” study, which aims to reduce the risk of nonvertebral/hip fractures and mortality in older people with PD. If successful, the findings would revolutionize the care of patients with PD, leading to universal home-based treatment of PD patients (as well as other chronic disorders), with substantial reduction in disability and perhaps mortality in this large population.
The Associate or Senior specialist will be responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the Telemedicine Core within the “Prevention of Fractures in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease” study.
Our randomized trial aims to show that treatment is effective, treatment does not require neurologists to manage or refer study participants, study participants can be treated at home without clinic visits, and that the benefits of our proposed treatment would last for at least 2 years.
We will use a home-based approach that could be a model for other clinical trials and clinical care. Eligible study participants will be recruited from across the US. Movement disorder specialists in approximately 40 sites distributed across the US will conduct diagnostic assessments using telemedicine, evaluating participants using their home computers.
This research project is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and other collaborators include The Parkinson’s Foundation, the Parkinson’s Study Group, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The study is a home-based, randomized trial that focuses on people with PD and the goal is to prove that a single treatment of osteoporosis medication will reduce the risk of 1) nonvertebral factures, 2) hip fracture, and 3) mortality. Under the direction of the Principal Investigators (PIs) and Steering Committee, you will establish and implement the Telemedicine Core infrastructure to carry out the study.
We are seeking a candidate who enjoys mixing web-based technology with preventative medicine, and assisting people through web interface, on the phone, and via email. You value professionalism, excellent service, integrity, compassion, and have a positive attitude. You have excellent people and computer skills, are accurate and detail oriented, and have excellent communication and writing skills.
Why target bone mineral density if your study population has PD? Fractures in patients with PD are a huge cause of disability and death. About 1 million people have PD; 80% are age 65 years or older. We are firmly committed to preventing disability and death in people with Parkinson’s disease. If you enjoy working with people and assisting in the conduct of telemedicine and clinical research. . . if you believe in giving back to the Parkinson’s disease community. . . if preventing injury and helping others makes you happy. . . come join us in making a difference together!
Coordinate a complex multi-center, multi-core, clinical trial and oversee data collection in multiple sites
Ability to work collaboratively with other multi-function teams
Ascertain that all study activities are conducted in a timely manner
Coordinate and participate in regular investigator meetings (teleconference/webinar/in person)
Provide monitoring oversight by reviewing schedules, metrics, and reports
Work effectively with the PI, executive steering committee, and different study teams to oversee the execution of telemedicine assessments and diagnostic verification
Coordinate clinical study timelines to meet critical milestones
Prepare and maintain standard operating procedures, operations manuals, regulatory submissions, modifications, continuing reviews, progress reports, and other study documents
Schedule and conduct regular project staff meetings
Maintain budgetary oversight
Conduct training sessions with study investigators and staff at study sites as needed
Establish and implement mechanisms for tracking, scheduling, and reminding study participants and telemedicine teams of appointments
As needed, conduct preliminary sessions with and familiarize study participants and companions with software. Determine that telemedicine assessment will be performed in an appropriate setting.
Schedule baseline and follow-up telemedicine assessment availability with neurologist assessors as needed
Be on standby during telemedicine visits to troubleshoot and assist with technical difficulties for patient
Work with the data manager on quality assurance, query resolution, subject tracking, and data reporting
Provide overall administrative support to the Principal Investigator and other study investigators as needed. Varied administrative tasks will include assisting with booking travel and submitting and tracking reimbursements. Full/Associate Specialist –Fracture Prevention Study
Oversee the duties of the other study staff assisting on project to ensure the accurate andtimely completion of all study tasks
Interact with other investigators and study core leaders as needed
Ability to work a flexible schedule may be needed
Other duties as required
Proven experience as a team leader
Excellent project management skills
Strong organizational, decision-making, and leadership abilities
Outstanding communication and people skills
Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
Working knowledge of database design, Redcap, Zoom, and internet/home based trials is a PLUSbut not mandatory
Prior experience working with telemedicine is a PLUS but not mandatory
Education and experience:
Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of research experience
Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a PhD (or equivalent degree) or ten or more years of research experience
Self-motivated, positive attitude, strong-attention to detail
Must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and administrative skills
Excellent computer skills
Candidates must possess the required qualifications by the time of hire
Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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, age or protected veteran status.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.