Human Research Technologist (Research Associate)
- College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
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- open until filled
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- Penn State College of Medicine
- Radiation Oncology at Penn State Cancer Institute
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The Department of Radiation Oncology at Penn State Cancer Institute seeks a Research Associate to contribute to clinical and research outcomes on several projects related to radiation oncology. The successful candidate will have direct involvement in several ongoing and new projects that include a broad spectrum of methodologies such as prospective clinical trials, observational cohort studies, educational material development, medical device development, and clinical research. The Research Associate would report directly to Nicholas G Zaorsky, MD. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual with an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, biomedical research or public health, given the exposure to a broad range of research methods. Responsibilities include: The research associate is responsible for drafting administrative reports, clinical trial protocols, and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications. Current research projects include: Exercise therapy and radiation therapy (EXERT). This clinical trial is a joint force between Nicholas G Zaorsky, MD in Radiation Oncology and Katie Schmitz, PhD in Public Health Sciences and Kinesiology. The Research Associate would research and draft the EXERT systematic review, gather/code articles, and work with the institutional team (including the IRB) to run the trial. The trainee would also be responsible for preparation and submission of trials and grants. Characterizing cancer patient outcomes and treatments. This clinical research project is being performed jointly with Dr. Doug Leslie, PhD in the Department of Public Health Sciences. This analysis will use a claims database to assess for toxicities after treatment, based on CPT, HCPCS, ICD-9, and ICD-10 codes. The associate will group relevant codes and list them in a table; this table will then be used by health services researchers and biostatisticians to perform an analysis of a database of patients treated with various treatment options. The trainee will then assist in creating the tables/figures and drafting the manuscripts. Assist with the creation of new protocols, including acting as liaison with sponsors. Assist with the submission and processing of manuscripts from the research group. Meet with protocol patients as needed to ensure that information required for protocols, including blood specimens and computerized data, is obtained. Administer questionnaires to protocol participants. Work with research nurses, other data coordinators and Research Supervisor to develop systems to identify and track potential patients for participation in Radiation Oncology protocols. Work closely with Radiation Oncology providers and/or medical students under the supervision of the principal investigator on research projects. Maintain data and submit reports to the IRB and its affiliates for activities related to the Radiation Oncology clinical research program. Maintain office systems including correspondence, professional contacts, appropriate documentation of information systems and patient data, computer files and backups. Responsible for smooth functioning of multiple clinical trials, including screening; enrolling patients on clinical trials; obtaining lab samples, ensuring that protocol-mandated tests are scheduled and done; obtaining updated patient information by means of computer searches; and data entry. The Research Associate works in close collaboration with the attending physicians in Radiation Oncology, clinicians doing research, the Research Supervisor, the Radiation Oncology administrative staff, and the Information Services staff at the participating hospitals to collect, compile and maintain information (statistics, demographics) for patients who are included in clinical research studies. Redesigning the radiation oncology website, patient education materials. Characterizing patient referral and accrual at the cancer institute (e.g. using i2b2 database). Set up queries and produce reports from a database in answer to requests from the researchers. May assist in analysis of research data according to skill level. Work with research nurse and research coordinator to develop systems to identify and track potential patients for participation in Radiation Oncology protocols. Maintain data and submit reports for activities related to the Radiation Oncology clinical research program. Investigate eligibility, register and follow patients on protocol and is responsible for the timely submission of study-specific data forms. Other clinical-trial coordination as needed. Work with the Research Coordinator and the various hospital oversight departments or committees (IRBs, Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, etc) to ensure protocol regulatory compliance (continuing-review submissions, amendments, etc.) Help in the development and execution of new research studies within the Department of Radiation Oncology. Maintain office systems including correspondence, professional contacts, appropriate documentation of information systems and patient data, computer files and backups. Work as a team member with all other staff in Radiation Oncology to ensure smooth operation of the research program. Maintain confidentiality of data. All other duties as assigned including all generally accepted office functions. This job will be filled as a level 1, or level 2, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires an Associate's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 1. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. BS/BA in related field with related experience preferred. Candidate should be interested in clinical trials, particularly in oncology and exercise therapy. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, efficient decision-making and problem-solving skills, high degree of independence, comprehensive attention to detail, and well-developed computer skills are required, particularly familiarity with the Windows environment. Extensive expertise with MS Office, particularly Word and Excel. Must exhibit flexibility, assertiveness, and a professional attitude. Must be able to maintain confidentiality in dealing with patient health data. Preferably has an advanced degree or is working toward an advanced degree (e.g. MS, MPH, MD, PhD). Preferably has statistical knowledge (BS level acceptable; MS/PhD level is a plus). Has expertise with EndNote, or able to learn. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire.
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