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#98572 Clinical Research Coordinator

Filing Deadline: Thu 3/28/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 3/18/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 3/28/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Movement Disorder Center (MDC) was created to bring together faculty and staff who specialize in Movement Disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, to work together as a multidisciplinary and comprehensive group to provide the best possible care for patients. Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect the speed, control, quality and ease of movement.

The Movement Disorder Center at UCSD is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative and supportive care to patients with movement disorders and related neurodegenerative diseases. The Movement Disorder Center is conducting clinical trials and is collaborating with Investigators both within the UC System and outside the System in search for markers of the disease diagnosis. Our main objective is to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families and caregivers, while searching for significant ways to advance knowledge of these disorders through a multidisciplinary clinical and research team.

Under general supervision, the Clinical Research Coordinator will manage and execute clinical trials for the Movement Disorder Center. The incumbent will provide significant independent contributions as well as original ideas pertaining to the planning and development of studies related to Parkinson’s disease (PD), Dementia and atypical parkinsonian disorders such as: progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple system atrophy (MSA), Lewy body disease and other related disorders.

The Clinical Research Coordinator will: 1) implement and manage all clinical research projects; 2) provide direction and guidance in the execution of clinical research 3) propose solutions and strategies to resolve any issues that might arise and 4) implement Phase I and II therapeutic clinical trials under the supervision of the principal investigator. The incumbent will also handle clinical coordination and testing, protocol management and administration and will act as a liaison with UCSD departments and community clinics/agencies. The incumbent will work closely with state and federal regulatory officials and industry sponsors to ensure compliance with all study-related activities.


  • Theoretical knowledge of medical and pharmaceutical terminology and concepts, and/or biological science, with a Bachelor's degree in pharmacy, biology or hematology; or an equivalent combinations of education and experience sufficient to prepare, review and understand the contents of medical research protocols and amendments.

  • Proven project management experience with the ability to successfully plan, organize, prioritize, develop, analyze, implement and manage multiple clinical Phase I and II research projects with complex logistics involving multi-sites and priorities. Ability to set short and long-term goals of projects and project objectives, and work with others in achieving organizational goals and deadlines.

  • Demonstrated experience with clinical trials ranging from Phase I-Phase II.

  • Working knowledge of FDA regulations, OPRP, HRPP policies and procedures, and HIPAA. Familiarity with the code of federal regulations (CFRs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and other regulations for the conduct of clinical research.

  • Strong experience working with clinical trials research activities, regulatory compliance, guidelines related to informed consent, ethical conduct, and protection of human subjects as well as interpreting and comprehending complex clinical research protocols, activities and guidelines.

  • Knowledge of neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia, atypical parkinsonian disorders, progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy, Lewy body disease and other related disorders.

  • Experience conducting neuropsychometric test batteries such as Digit Span Forward, Digit Span Backward, Verbal Fluency FAS, Wais-R Digit Symbol Substitution test, Category Fluency test, Trail Making Test and Clock Drawing Test, ADAS-Cog (Certification needed) and the Mini mental Status Exam (MMSEs).

  • Demonstrated experience creating or modifying Informed Consent documents that comply with HRPP, FDA and other governing agencies.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Good Clinical Practice. Proven ability to abstract information from protocol and investigators brochures to create a stand-alone Research Plan.

  • Ability to research information, and to develop responsive, creative, innovative, and effective solutions and analyze data to arrive at valid conclusions, recommendations and plans of actions. Detail oriented, logical and methodological approach to problem solving. Strong process orientation.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and flexibility. Ability to work independently and/or in a team framework in conjunction with principles of community and in a clinical research environment that interacts with a diverse group of researchers, technical personnel and others. Ability to maintain confidentiality as required.

  • Expertise with personal computers and software programs, including Word, Excel, Power Point and database software.

  • Experience handling human blood samples and working knowledge of protocols for shipping of biological substances. International Air Transportation Association (IATA) certification preferred to oversee shipping of biological substances.

  • Familiarity with cooperative group agencies and trials including experience preparing and submitting a variety of forms related to research protocols in compliance with federal policies and other agencies with ability to pay conscientious attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with the Institutional Review Board. Experience preparing and submitting continuing review materials, amendments, and other regulatory documents to an IRB.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to interact with all organizational levels and to communicate effectively and professionally both in person and via phone. Strong phone etiquette. Ability to present a positive impression in person, on telephone, and through email.

  • Proven ability to research, gather, evaluate, and organize information to produce clear and concise protocol reports using various resources and to perform tasks accurately and quickly, disseminate information effectively whether in report form or via presentation.

  • Demonstrated ability to write policies, business correspondence, reports and procedure manuals, experience with editing and/or proofreading documents, fast and accurate typing skills. Excellent grammatical and proofreading skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize office, and maintain and/or develop complex paper and electronic record management filing systems.


  • International Air Transportation Association (IATA) certification preferred to oversee shipping of biological substances.


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

  • Must be willing to travel to national meetings.

  • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed per schedule of events/protocol.

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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