The Alzheimerâs Clinical Trial Consortium (ACTC) within the USC Keck School of Medicine - Alzheimerâs Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI) located in San Diego, CA, seeks a Research Scientist to work under the direction of the co-leaders of the ACTC Recruitment Unit in designing, coordinating, and leading the manifold activities of the unit related to the ongoing recruitment and retention of trial participants. Provides intellectual contribution and oversight in the development and administration of clinical trial recruitment and retention plans, monitoring of trial recruitment and retention progress, design and conduct of national recruitment strategies that aim to diversify trial populations, and other related activities. Assists in the administration and coordination of a variety of research and/or administrative projects including planning, organizing, research and delivery of services. Leads working groups on projects related to the recruitment and retention of trila participants.
This position reports to Dr. Rema Raman, co-lead of the ACTC Recruitment Unit. Successful candidate will be a team player who has a commitment to diverse recruitment in clinical trials, develops a deep understanding of each clinical trial and our trial responsibilities and has the ability to take on increasing responsibility at the Institute and the Consortium.
Works closely with the Unit co-directors and trial Principal Investigators to develop materials for grant applications for funding of new ACTC clinical trials. Remain well versed in grant requirements, especially as it relates to human research subjects and trial enrollment planning.Â
Works closely with the Unit co-directors and trial Principal Investigators to develop ACTC clinical trial recruitment and retention plans. Plans should incorporate standard components critical to all ACTC trials but also be based on the relevant scientific literature, available data from focus groups and other novel efforts, and feedback from participant advisors, advocacy organizations and other sources.Â
Organize and lead recruitment workgroups for ACTC clinical trials that implement the vision of the Principal Investigator and the Unit co-directors, bring in novel expertise, ensure the integration of ACTC standard in new studies, integrates the recruitment infrastructure of the ATRI.
Work closely with the Unit co-Directors to design and conduct novel initiatives and nested studies that advance the science of recruitment and retention, especially as it pertains to inclusivity and diversity in ADRD clinical trials.Â
Assists in the administration and coordination of a variety of research and/or administrative projects and provides quality control. Assists in developing and implementing project goals and strategies. Assists with shortÂ andÂ long term planning and design of project direction and objectives. Provides assistance to management with administrative functions such as planning, organizing, coordinating, scheduling and implementing project activities to meet objectives. Participates in writing of reports or other documentation of project status and/or administrative activities or project results. Oversees administrative project personnel as assigned
Assists in the planning of data collection. Collaborates on data acquisition, management, quality control and data analysis, as needed. Generates graphs, charts, or tables to present analysis results and provides interpretation. Prepares reports, correspondence, other materials and analysis according to project schedules or on an ad hoc basis, or instructs others to do so.
Creates status reports on project plans, progress and results of activities. Coordinates publication production and/or dissemination in order to meet deadlines.
Researches, gathers, organizes and summarizes data for project and/or administrative reports and/or activities. Analyzes data; presents results and makes recommendations on presentations of project and/or administrative reports.
Evaluates effectiveness of project direction, schedules, activities, etc. Recommends and implements project activities and/or modifications of project activities and/or schedules as necessary to ensure achievement of project goals and objectives.
Conducts quality assurance reviews of assigned projects. Instructs project personnel on quality assurance procedures and answers questions regarding data collection, management and analysis methods. Monitors problem areas and submits regular reports with recommendations. Takes necessary steps to address issues and resolve problems.
Assists in developing and updating department policies and procedures and/or project procedures and coordinating implementation. Communicates and/or documents. Develops forms, flow charts and system requirements.
Interfaces with ATRI and ACTC faculty and/or staff and external contacts necessary to complete project assignments or for information exchange. Resolves problems or questions referred by project staff or administrators
Provides leadership, guidance and supervision to staff, student workers, volunteers and/or graduate assistants. Leads others in the planning and delivery of project activities. Trains project or administrative personnel and assesses proficiency or readiness of trainees.
Develops and maintains electronic databases and/or other records for reporting purposes. Enters and/or verifies database transactions as necessary. Provides technical support and design enhancements
Arranges and attends meetings, seminars, symposia and other events related to project efforts. Makes presentations, as needed. Establishes and maintains an active network of professional contacts.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Minimum Education: Doctoral Degree in Neuroscience, Public Health, Biostatistics, Psychology, or related field Minimum Experience: 2 Years (preference for experience in clinical research, especially clinical trials) Minimum Field of Expertise: Human subjects research. Preferred Education: PhD Preferred Experience: 2 Years
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