Title : Clinical Research Assistant

Department : Research

Type : Full Time

Location : Houston, TX

Job Details :

"You can make a difference in the life of an oncology patient and find your career satisfaction by joining our team of healthcare professionals today."

About the Position

The Clinical Research Assistant functions as an integral part of the Research Team under the general supervision of the Research Department Administrator who will manage the clinical trial assignments to satisfy coverage of the clinical trials related to data and laboratory requirements. Under close supervision, conducts research activities according to research protocol. Research activities may include some or all of the following: patient recruiting and screening, field interviewer recruiting, collection of relevant laboratory specimens and data reporting/collection on patients enrolled in clinical trials from the enrollment phase through follow-up care and study closure.

SCOPE: The primary purpose of the Clinical Research Assistant position is to coordinate and performs specimen collection, processing, shipment and recording as required by the clinical trial work of the Research Department. Responsible for the abstraction of data from electronic health record or study related tools and records the information on study related data bases. The Clinical Research Assistant screens and participates in the informed consenting process of patients to laboratory and other low risk protocols.

Shift Schedule:

  • Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

Benefits:

  • Insurances: Life, medical, dental, short term and long term disability
  • 401K
  • Free parking
  • PTO
  • Holidays 
  • Competitive salary

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Phlebotomy and blood processing skills.
  • Prepares and/or aliquot specimens into appropriate transport containers and store in the appropriate transport conditions until pick up by courier. Generate manifest for reference laboratory specimens and ensureall specimens and orders are accounted for.
  • Ensures delivery to the proper testing laboratory or process following sponsor laboratory manual, use appropriate labels, and obtains results after each test completion.
  • Prepare assigned protocol draw sheets hard copies, protocol binders, per protocol.
  • Manage inventory, supplies, shipping containers, air bill, labels, and contact information. Ensures adequate quantities of daily supplies are on hand at all times.
  • Works with the Clinical Research Coordinators to place monthly orders and monitors
  • inventories. Ensures the inventory storage room is in order at all times.
  • Responsible for maintaining an accurate database for each specific protocol assigned.
  • Responsible for maintaining a log of the collection of blood and tissue samples, and a log of where blood and tissue samples are stored or shipped. Accessions material into appropriate laboratory system, depending on trial and tracks it on the log.
  • May be assigned lab and observational protocols and completes the informed consent process to include, but, not limited to patient consent onto the study, documentation of the process, placing blood order, and tissue request. Assuring all processes are met, and or exceeded.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills. Utilizes resources available to maximize efficiency.
  • Attends departmental and staff meetings as required. Remains responsible and accountable for all actions. Maintains contact with other institutions on clinical trials as required. Responds to queries in a timely manner.
  • Complies with lab policies, technical procedures, safety rules, and infection control policies.
  • Participate in all preparation, reporting, and Sponsor Site monitor visits or meeting to get to know protocol details, assessments time point, personnel involve, contact information, inventory, supplies, laboratory manual, and shipping requirements.
  • Responsible for identifying, locating and requesting tissue samples. As well as maintaining a chain of custody of all samples at all times.
  • Must be able to follow written and verbal directions accurately and document such process.
  • Works well on a team, including other data coordinators, clinical research coordinators, registered nurses, supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • • High school diploma or equivalent. Preferred bachelor’s degree.
  • • Two years of related experience. Preferred experience: Phlebotomy experience.
  • • Data entry skills • A basic knowledge of medical terminology is required.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Proficient in written and verbal English WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Work is performed in an office environment and requires frequent interaction with the research and non-research staff, physicians, patients, study sponsors, and regulatory agencies. Work will require limited travel by air or automobile and approximately 30% of the time such as to other practice locations within the practice or investigators' meetings.

About Oncology Consultants

Oncology Consultants has been a premier adult medical oncology & hematology practice in Houston, TX for over 35 years. Our healthcare team is committed to provide state of the art cancer treatment in a caring environment as we continue to expand our oncology services in the metropolitan region.

Oncology Consultants is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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