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#95613 Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Extended Review Date: Mon 3/11/2019

This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/21/18 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 Moores Cancer Center is one of just 49 in the United States to hold a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As such, it ranks among the top centers in the nation conducting basic and clinical cancer research, providing advanced patient care and serving the community through outreach and education programs.

The Cancer Center's mission is to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of patients with cancer. The Center supports one of the broadest ranges of cancer activities in the nation – from fundamental and translational cancer research in molecular genetics and advanced molecular therapeutics, and from population studies of cancer incidence to community education about cancer prevention and risk reduction.

Under direct supervision of the Data and Specimen Manager, the Administrative Director of the Clinical Trials Office and the Director of the Clinical Trials Office, the incumbent will serve as a Clinical Research Project Coordinator for ongoing clinical research studies and assist patients throughout their cancer journey, helping to match them to trials. UCSD has created a clinical trial navigation system that addresses the continuum of cancer care.

The system is designed to support Clinical Research Project Coordinators in all phases of the treatment spectrum, addressing prevention, screening and early detection, diagnosis, treatment, palliative and supportive care. By tracking progress, providing check lists, facilitating communication and producing reminders, the system is a vital tool in the expansion of our capabilities and patient outcome success. Our efforts will both strengthen the care that we are able to give our patients and provide support to the staff who administers this outstanding care.

Responsibilities include creating progress reports for Principal Investigator and Clinical Trials Office Senior Leadership, including strategies for meeting study enrollment goals, routing patients to trials, and assisting physicians in identifying open trials within the Clinical Trials Office disease teams within scope. Incumbent demonstrates competence in the ability to triage patients over the phone and in person and demonstrates collaboration, professionalism, and effective communication in all interactions with physicians, the administrative team, CTO employees, patients, caregivers and referral sources.

Incumbent acts as an ambassador for the Clinical Trials Office and Cancer Center when communicating with other healthcare professionals, payors, and the community. Incumbent will be able to assist with laboratory procedures and submission while ensuring the integrity of the studies. Coordinate with the study coordinators from the CTO for appropriate blood sample to be drawn. Must maintain strict confidentiality and performs duties in accordance with UCSD’s values, policies, and procedures.


  • Theoretical knowledge of biology, microbiology, social sciences, public health, clinical or related field as typically attained by a bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical and scientific terminology.

  • Proven experience in research protocol procedures, design, monitoring, Human Subject Rights, and informed consent procedures.

  • Experience interpreting medical charts. Experience in abstracting data from electronic medical records and ability to apply information to the assessment, interpretation, and processing of medical data for eligibility requirements.

  • Proven experience reading, comprehending and discussing research materials. Demonstrated ability to assist in the writing of papers for publication and research proposals.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a research setting with underserved and/or minority populations.

  • Proficiency with the operation of a personal computer and software applications, such as MS Word, Endnote, PowerPoint and Excel. Ability to work with and learn new software for data analysis.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) needed to interact professionally and effectively in the work environment, effectively and accurately document research procedures. Excellent verbal, written, and clinical skills to prepare and present information.

  • Experience with laboratory procedures and values and experience interpreting them to determine patient eligibility and potential toxicities.


Experience handling biological samples and/or storing and shipping samples.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.
  • Must be able to work occasional overtime and/or flexible schedule as necessary to meet deadlines.

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. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Payroll Title:
CANCER CENTER/Clinical Trials Office
Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience
Moores Cancer Center
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday


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