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The purpose of this position is to provide research project coordination for a clinical trial titled, “Biomarkers for Evaluating Spine Treatments (BEST)”. This project is part of NIH’s Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program, which is a translational, patient-centered effort to address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain (cLBP). The UW has been selected as a site for the BACPAC BEST Trial, along with 12 other sites across the nation. This position will be instrumental in the success of the BEST Trial at the University of Washington. The Research Coordinator will work under direct supervision of the project PIs, Drs. Kushang Patel and Sean Rundell. Providing research coordination for this funded grant, this position plays a key role in working with the Study Coordinating Center to implement the assessment and intervention protocols, manage regulatory reporting requirements, and meet study timelines.
Chronic low back pain is common among adults in the United States and while many treatments exist, treatment often does not resolve chronic low back pain. BEST aims to inform a precision medicine approach to the treatment of low back pain. The Research Coordinator is responsible for understanding project aims, timelines, and milestone goals and must effectively translate this understanding into project operations by independently coordinating all aspects of the study to meet the timelines and milestone goals. This position will be responsible for conducting and coordinating the research activities of this study, including working with the Study Coordinating Center to implement study protocols, coordinating study treatment with various providers, and managing recruitment and retention efforts.
This individual works collaboratively as a member of the research team with investigators, study treatment providers, study coordinating center members, and research assistants to achieve study goals and maintain study operations. A primary responsibility of this position is interacting with and establishing strong rapport with adults experiencing chronic pain. This individual should have strong interpersonal skills to ensure patients feel comfortable with participation, address their concerns regarding ongoing participation, and support the research team in responding to participant needs. The Research Coordinator will oversee data collection and prepare it for the data coordinating center. Under general direction from the PI, the Research Coordinator will draft documents from this data that will assist the PI in writing academic papers and prepare interval reports to the sponsoring agency.
RESPONSIBILITIES Coordination of Research Activities
Oversee and manage the delivery of the study interventions with study providers
Meet with potential enrollees in the study; determine their eligibility to meet study protocols;
Coordinate consent process and enroll eligible participants
Conduct in-person interviews with participants
Conduct in-person assessments of biomechanical and sensory function
Process and manage biological specimens
Oversee and track participants attendance to study interventions
Management of data coordination and collection processes, and data input into research database (e.g. REDCap)
Assisting the PI with data analysis
Research Project Communication and Administration
Manage timelines, milestones and goals; setting internal project deadlines for completion of tasks;
First point of contact for outside entities, including the study coordinating center, IRB or others. Within scope of position, answer questions and provide information.
With understanding of project goals and guidelines, escalate issues or questions to PI when necessary;
Coordinate activities and under general guidance, draft brief reports for outside organizations to meet reporting requirements, including to the data coordinating center
Draft or otherwise coordinate any modifications, updates or reports to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and others.
Work with department grants and contracts office as well as finance operations to coordinate grant purchases, payments to participants as indicated by grants, invoicing to UNC and similar. Monitor expenditures to budget in these areas
Operations Management of Research Team
Manage the day-to-day operations of the study, including providing supervision and direction to all other study team members (e.g., other research coordinators and assistants, students, and interns).
Manage the weekly research team meetings, including setting the agenda, taking notes, and establishing action items
Update the PIs on a weekly basis regarding on delivery of study interventions, participant dispositions, data collection, and recruitment activities
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Social Work or Related Field
Minimum 2 year experience with clinical research
Strong communication skills (verbal and written);
Able to build excellent rapport with patients;
Extensive experience working with Microsoft Suite of products
Ability to prioritize workload effectively
Strong project management and organizational skills
Capable of independent judgment
Ability to quickly learn new software and technologies
Works well as part of a research team;
Experience creating and maintaining regulatory files
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with REDCap or similar
Experience with granting agency rules and regulations;
Experience working with a diverse patient population
Experience supervising research assistants or students
Experience working on multisite projects
Experience processing and managing biological specimens
Experience with other UW systems (e.g., MyFD)
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