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#96175 Clinical Research Project Coordinator

Filing Deadline: Thu 10/25/2018

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 10/15/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/25/18. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under general supervision, the Clinical Research Project Coordinator will provide independent contributions as a clinical study coordinator for long-term multiple research protocols examining the genetic causes of pediatric brain diseases, such as epilepsy, autism and mental retardation. Duties include consenting and recruitment of human subjects, obtaining and evaluating medical records, MRI's, and performing intake evaluations from clinicians throughout the world. Maintain direct communications with physician collaborators located worldwide. Work closely with counterparts at Rady Children's Hospital and the Rady Institute of Genomic Medicine. Coordinate the collection of patient blood, saliva and other biological material (brain tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, sperm, cadaveric tissues). Coordinate the processing and storage of these samples for subsequent genetic experiments. Design and execute new methods for patient recruitment by interacting with electronic medical records systems. Design, create and coordinate all Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications for submission to the human subjects committee office for protocol approval. Design, create and maintain patient database for each protocol. Contribute to the preparation of grants, presentations, and manuscripts. Provide work direction in the duties of other lab personnel and students.


  • Theoretical knowledge of human genetics, genealogy, developmental neuroanatomy, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of disease, pathogenesis and syndromology.

  • One to two years clinical research experience, preferably working directly with Human Research Protection Programs in designing and implementing research protocols.

  • Demonstrated experience communicating with practitioners around research studies, gathering clinical data, and fostering collaborative relationships. Strong knowledge of research study policies and procedures.

  • Working knowledge of genetic issues and experience discussing with families.

  • Familiarity of genetic causes of developmental brain diseases, epilepsy, and mental retardation in children.

  • Experience in sterile-technique, Universal Precautions and molecular biology techniques.

  • Excellent record keeping and data management skills.

  • Experience managing computerized databases, and ability to troubleshoot and optimize systems.

  • Ability to obtain and record accurate information and details to insure proper completion of forms and reports.

  • Excellent verbal, written, and electronic communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population. Demonstrated ability to effectively compose, edit and proofread written materials using clear and concise expression, proper grammar, style, and punctuation. Ability to read and interpret medical literature.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively. Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to prioritize assignments, maintain workflow, and work productively in meeting critical deadlines and milestones.

  • Solid computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, email system, and a variety of web-based programs. Demonstrated ability to create and maintain databases, perform standard computer tasks, learn new programs/applications with minimal direction, and exercise fast and accurate typing skills. Demonstrated commitment to update/maintain technology skills with relevant computer software.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with strong, demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing. Possess skills of tact, poise, diplomacy, confidentiality and flexibility. Ability and willingness to work independently and/or in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community and with a diverse population of staff, faculty, industry and others. Ability to effectively contribute to discussions regarding procedures and goals of unit.


  • Knowledge of statistics and previous experience managing patient databases.

  • Demonstrated experience working with biological specimens, e.g. blood.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be available to work overtime as needed, variation of work schedule, and some travel may be required.

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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