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#87082 Cooperative Group Clinical Research Associate

Filing Deadline: Fri 3/31/2017

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 3/22/17 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.


The Clinical Trials Office provides diagnosis and management of benign and malignant tumors for inpatients and outpatients. The Cooperative Group Associate for the Clinical Trials Office will be a part of a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center that seeks to build synergies and collaborations across the University. The researchers are active in translational research with more than 400 cancer related clinical research studies ongoing at any time. The Cancer Clinical Trials Office is the centralized resource for managing these trials.

The Cooperative Group Associate will independently manage significant and key aspects of clinical research for the various cooperative groups in the Clinical Trials Office. Under the direction of the Quality Assurance Manager, the candidate is responsible for the following: tracking submission of long term follow up data, ensuring data compliance by monitoring and auditing of the Cooperative group studies at the Cancer Center and its affiliate sites, assure audit preparedness and readiness, and support Principal Investigators with data submissions, queries, and resolutions.

Reporting directly to the Quality Assurance Manager and indirectly to the Administrative Director along with the faculty leader of the cooperative group, the Cooperative Group Associate will advise staff that are conducting cooperative group clinical trials. The incumbent independently oversees and manages research protocols for cooperative groups. The Cooperative Group Associate will coordinate the clinical research efforts of the Moore's UCSD Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. Assure compliance with state and federal regulatory guidelines. Oversee the quality of the medical and clinical research data. Provide direction and guidance to investigators. Provide education and information to the general public concerning the ongoing clinical trials. The incumbent’s duties may include, but will not be limited to: acting as intermediary between services and departments while overseeing data and specimen management; manage and report on study results; create, clean, update, and manage databases and comprehensive datasets and reports; oversee study data integrity; implement and maintain periodic quality control procedures; participate in any internal and external audits or reviews of study protocols; and perform other duties as assigned. The Cooperative Group trials are conducted across twelve disease programs and include the following trial types 1) Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology which is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI); 2) NRG Oncology group which brings together the research areas of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG); and, 3) SWOG, the South West Oncology Group.


  • Theoretical knowledge and or Bachelor's Degree in biology, microbiology, social sciences, public health, clinical or related field and/or equivalent relevant work experience.

  • Experience working with FDA policies regulating clinical trials.

  • Experience with research protocol in order to screen patients for eligibility, initiate treatment plan, collect specimens, and orient participating physicians.

  • Knowledge and experience in managing cooperative group oncology clinical trials.

  • Experience performing clinical research duties in a clinical research environment.

  • Experience interpreting medical charts. Experience in abstracting data from electronic medical records.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written using grammatically correct English. Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups, including professional and non-professional staff and clients.


  • Certification as a clinical research associate or coordinator or a Master’s Degree.

  • Knowledge of hematology/oncology. Ability to differentiate various cancers by stage, histology, and site to determine patient eligibility for protocols and ensure accurate randomization.


  • Must be able to obtain physical clearance and TB test clearance as well as clear background check.

  • Must be able to obtain annual TB and fit test clearance. Must be able to travel to different locations and work weekends and evenings as needed.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. U.S. News and World Report’s annual "America’s Best Hospitals" report has repeatedly ranked UC San Diego Health as the #1 health system in San Diego. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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