Duke University

United States

February 25, 2022


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Requisition Number:: 173922

Date: Jan 24, 2022


Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area: MEDICAL CENTER

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Department of Neurosurgery, Duke School of Medicine

Job Description:

A Lab Research Analyst 1 position is available in the Department of Neurosurgery at Duke University. We are seeking motivated individuals to lead, coordinate, and perform a variety of complex independent and team activities involved in the planning, collection, analysis, documentation and interpretation of social, economic, clinical and health-related research information and data. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment directly with the Director of Spine Oncology and in conjunction with students, residents, fellows, faculty and other scientists in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medicine, Anesthesiology, Radiology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, and the Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis. This position will lead the clinical and translational research efforts focused on the identification of demographic, clinical and molecular determinants associated with optimal paradigms and therapies for patients diagnosed with neurosurgical pathologies, and primarily spine oncology.

The position will also aid the overall research program spanning from the bench to bedside with a multidisciplinary team. Key features of this role include:

(1) coordination, growth and development of the program's clinical and translational research portfolio,

(2) oversight and management of retrospective and prospective clinical research studies,

(3) oversight of clinically-annotated banked tissues from patient samples treated at Duke for brain and spine metastases.

(4) grant writing assistance for local, federal and/or foundation grants pertinent to the program, (5) oversight and management of clinical research protocols, data, and regulatory support, (6) screening, consenting, recruitment, and enrollment of neurosurgical patients into pertinent clinical studies, (7) mentorship, and training of students conducting research, (8) oversight of clinically-annotated banked tissues from patient samples treated at Duke for brain and spine metastases, and (9) support for basic science initiatives related to clinical and translational research studies.


Basic/Translational Science (40%):

• Leads, assists or contributes to the development of research protocols, literature reviews, statistical analysis plans, abstracts, and manuscripts drafts (including reference management and submission of materials) independently and in collaboration with trainees, faculty, and collaborators.

• Perform standard technical procedures such as PCR, qPCR, and electrophoresis, DNA extraction from human clinical specimens, fresh-frozen and/or paraffin-embedded tissue and aid in execution of experimental design and analysis of next generation sequencing data.

• Organize and perform integrative analysis of complex genetic and morphologic data.

• Assists in the perform vivo experiments of metastasis using subcutaneous, tail vein injection, intracardiac, and other orthotopic animal models in conjunction with existing personnel.

• Conducts and documents consent for participants and collects and enters study data via data platform for all studies.

• Develops data entry or collection Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)/tools for clinical specimens and sequencing.

• May provide oversight or training to study team members collecting or entering data.

• Involved in training and education of neurosurgery residents, medical and graduate students in the School of Medicine, and undergraduates under the leadership of the Director of Spine Oncology. Directs trainees in the appropriately conducting research studies and provides supportive oversight for all clinical studies.

• May serve as an alternate for the Director of Spine Oncology on committees and workgroups internal to Duke or externally in research areas of interest.

Clinical Research (30%):

• Leads, assists or contributes to the development of letters of intent, budgets, funding proposals, literature searches.

• Assist statisticians with computational and/or statistical analysis.

• Demonstrates and teaches elements of research study designs.

• Contributes to the development of scientific publications or presentations and serves as an author on publications and as an alternate presenter on poster and oral presentations.

• Prepares for and provides support for study monitoring and audit visits, including support for the reviewer.

• Screens participants for all studies, including those that are complex in nature (e.g., procedural, and interventional studies). Provides oversight and training in screening activities to multiple study teams.

• Leads team meetings and facilitates healthy communication between staff. Ensures good communication across multiple study teams, and mentors' staff to improve communication strategies.

• Responsible for all aspects of Investigational Products (IP), study level documentation for studies, maintains study level documentation for all studies, (e.g., procedural, and interventional studies) and leads and conducts study visits.

• Knowledgeable in regulatory and institutional policies and processes; applies appropriately in study documentation, protocol submissions, and SOPs.

Data (10%):

• Ensures accuracy and completeness of data for all studies, and recognizes data quality trends, escalating as appropriate.

• Recommends, assists and leads implementation of improved strategies, processes, policies, and systems to ensure data security and data provenance.

• Maps a protocol's data flow plan including data capture, storage, transfer, management, quality, and preparation for analysis (includes data from Electronic Data Capture systems, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), mobile apps, etc.).

Operations (10%):

• Recognizes, develops and drafts SOPs and agreements (Material Transfer Agreements (MTA), Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA), Data Use Agreement (DUA), Data Transfer Agreement (DTA), etc.).

• Maintains participant level documentation for all studies, including those that are complex in nature (e.g., procedural, and interventional studies) and/or require access to the Duke Medical Record.

• Serves as the primary liaison with sponsors, IDS, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory submissions in collaboration with other offices for the development, submission, and maintenance of relevant documentation.

• Collects, prepares, processes, ships, and maintains the inventory of research specimens.

Study Oversight and Ethics (5%):

• Identifies Adverse Events and determines, with PI oversight, per specific protocol whether or not they are reportable. Collaborates with the PI to determine adverse events attributes, including relatedness to study.

• Create, submit and coordinate protocol required orders, i.e. Smartset orders in Maestro Care.

• Develops and submits documentation and information for IRB review, regulatory and safety reporting to sponsors and communicates with relevant staff, agencies sponsors, CROs and reviewers.

• Uses required EMR functionalities to manage participants and study visits. Includes scheduling of patients enrolled in clinical studies in conjunction with the patient navigators and staff assistants to maintain study endpoints.

• Works with the CRU to ensure that studies within the research program are conducted in compliance with institutional requirements and policies, which may include Clinical Quality Management Plan (CQMP)reviews for selected studies

• Prepares studies for closeout and document storage. May train or oversee others.

• Oversee possible use of clinical research management system and its reports to manage research participants' activities, calendars, tracking/marking financial milestones, and all aspects of study visits.

Leadership (5%):

• Proactively seeks opportunities to add relevant skills and certifications to own portfolio and uses subject matter expertise to solve complex problems or foster innovation within the research program.

• Keeps current with research updates by attending relevant conferences, seminars, symposium, and other external offerings and applies the learned material to the job.

• Demonstrates interpersonal skills, communications, resilience, and leadership to promote efficiency, lead and assign activities to other research team members to accomplish shared work objectives.

• Liaison with Duke other programs to coordinate clinical research business and to accomplish program objectives.

• May train or oversee others in the above activities and processes or perform other related duties.

Special skills:

The ideal candidate will have prior experience as a clinical research coordinator, preferably in neurosciences/ neurosurgery/orthopaedic surgery, with patient interaction experience, including developing, editing, and submitting study applications to the Institutional Review Board for review, consent process, study documentation, study regulatory maintenance, as well as effectively implementing study protocols independently. Proficiency in Word, Excel, Microsoft Teams, Power Point, and general technical skills is desired. Professional level writing skills is required and a writing sample/test will be performed. This candidate should possess a basic background in scientific/medical concepts, have exceptional organizational and time management skills, be adaptive to change, and possess excellent communication and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate will have strong relationship building skills, which promote cooperative, collaborative, and creative partnerships within a diverse team.


Work requires two years of research experience. A related master's or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience/degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g., a two-year master's degree in lieu of two years of experience. The position entails a one- to three-year period, with extension contingent on perfor

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a bachelor's degree in botany, biology, zoology, psychology or other directly related scientific field.


Work requires two years of research experience. A related master's OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g., a two year master's degree in lieu of two years of experience.

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Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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