Clinical Research Specialist

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

United States

October 28, 2021


Posting Information Department Globl Hlth and Infect Disease-427801

Career Area Research Professionals Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 09/17/2021 Application Deadline 10/28/2021 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Soc/Clin Research Specialist - Contributing Salary Grade Equivalent GN09 Working Title Clinical Research Specialist Position Number 20035590 Vacancy ID P013531 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Time-Limited If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment 3 years Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm Hours may vary based on project needs

Work Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Location Hiring Range $45000 -$51000 Pay Band Information

To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Mission of the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases is to develop ongoing clinical, educational and research activities focused on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Working in nine countries, throughout the state, and across campus, the institute's goals include: • Executing basic and applied research in infectious diseases and fostering collaboration among other investigators and researchers from both within and outside the University of North Carolina system. • Coordinating International and community outreach activities with UNC's School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and appropriate State agencies. • Improving clinical care in infectious disease, including activities related to the management of HIV and other infectious diseases, as well as activities related to emerging pathogens, international health issues, and clinical outreach efforts. • Supporting infectious disease prevention activities, including those with a focus on vaccine development and vaccination practices.

The Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study / Women's Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) is a collaborative research effort to understand and reduce the impact of chronic health conditions that affect people living with HIV. The MWCCS, which is administered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and supported by 13 other NIH institutes builds on previous scientific and clinical research from the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) and the Multicenter AIDS Cohorts Study (MACS), the largest and longest-running research cohorts of women and men, respectively, with HIV or at risk for HIV infection in the U.S.

MWCCS participants will be seen at least once per year for the core study visit and as needed for sub-studies (according to the individual protocols). Core study visits consist of a comprehensive interview covering the participant's medical and psychosocial history, neurocognitive testing, specimen collection, and a clinical exam. Sub-studies may include the collection of additional clinical data and/or specimens. Sub-study visits can be as short or as long as 24 hours, depending on the protocol.

Position Summary

The Clinical Research Specialist will oversee the development and implementation of robust and innovative recruitment plans, work closely with protocol specialists and regulatory staff to navigate IRB approval processes, and track accrual and retention goals per research study.

Additionally, the Clinical Research Specialist will be part of the UNC MWCCS site. Working under the general supervision of the Clinical Research Manager s/he will be responsible for leading and working as part of a team to complete a wide range of other duties, including study planning and protocol development; screening and enrolling participants into specific protocols; conducting relevant study procedures (e.g., interviews, laboratory specimen collection, and/or clinical assessments); documenting study progress and preparing progress reports; lead in QA/QC activities; and assist with tasks as delegated by Clinical Research Manager.

The Clinical Research Specialist is expected to direct all aspects of protocol planning and implementation, from the initial development of study-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) through the interpreting and reporting of study outcomes. This position may be required to serve as the lead protocol administrator for one or more projects. The Clinical Research will be expected to attend training for each protocol and foster maintain the knowledge and skills necessary for the successful performance of all study assessments.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with individuals of diverse backgrounds. • Excellent problem-solving skills; capacity to perform and meet deadlines under pressure. Demonstrated ability to rapidly adjust priorities in a high- paced, high-pressure environment while maintaining patient safety and data quality. • Position requires PC Computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Outlook. • The UNC MWCCS and STAR cohorts operate at two off-campus clinics (Raleigh/Durham) and staff are often traveling to complete study visits or assessments. The candidate must have the ability to travel between University offices and off-site clinic locations and when necessary, work nights and weekends. Because travel is an integral part of this position, a valid driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

• Strong interest in public health or HIV clinical research, as demonstrated through research experience, coursework or internships • Preference will be given to candidates whose background– and experience– reflect an ability to engage effectively with the target populations. • Data collection skills: including experience with behavioral data collection using computer-based data collection systems, such as ACASI preferred. • Clinical research skills, including experience with phlebotomy or clinic- based assessments (e.g., ECG/EKG, PFT, CIDI) are highly desired, but not required.

Required Licenses/Certifications

Valid Driver's License

Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities Position/Schedule Requirements Evening work occasionally, Overtime occasionally, Valid NC Driver's License, Weekend work occasionally Special Instructions Quick Link https: //

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

    Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Social/Clinical Research Specialist position.
  • Bachelor's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 1 year of related training or experience.
  • Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate in an unrelated field and at least 5 years of related training and/or experience.
  • Master's and/or Doctorate in a discipline related to the field assigned.
  • Associate's in a discipline related to the field assigned and at least 3 years of related training or experience.
  • Combination of post-high school education and experience to equal at least 5 years of experience related to the field assigned (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 4 years experience).
  • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal at least 9 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 6 years of experience).
  • None of the above
  • Do you possess a valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Please describe your approach to managing multiple priorities.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Do you have experience with Phlebotomy?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications?
  • Yes
  • No
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