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The UW Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetic Medicine, in collaboration with the new Brotman Baty Institute (BBI) for Precision Medicine and GeneDx, has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator to implement and facilitate human genetics research studies. Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Research Coordinator will assist with the design and implementation of human subjects research studies while ensuring research projects are conducted in compliance with federal regulations, institutional/departmental guidelines, and standards of Good Clinical Practice.
About the Bamshad Lab: The lab is focused on understanding how evolutionary processes and demographic history have shaped patterns of genetic variation among humans, and how such variation influences differences in physical features and disease susceptibility among people; developing strategies for identifying genes underlying rare conditions and applying these strategies to discovery at scale; and translating genomics technologies in order to realize precision care. The Research Coordinator will engage directly in a multi-site pilot project to increase accessibility of Whole Genome Sequencing and a collaboration for discovery of genes underlying rare conditions. Other current projects in the lab include an investigation into genetic modifiers of Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a study aimed at characterizing the functional consequences of mutations that cause Distal Arthrogryposis (DA), and a research project to discover genes underlying isolated birth defects. We are a highly collaborative group committed to fostering diversity in the field of genetic research.
This position requires the ability to work independently and under the guidance of the Principal Investigator and senior investigators at BBI as well as with senior members of the lab and study teams. It requires daily interaction with study and lab staff, physicians, other health care personnel such as nurses, patient coordinators, and genetic counselors. This position requires the ability to manage multiple, and often changing, priorities and timelines, and frequent communication with the project team regarding the status of assigned tasks and any issues that may arise.
Job duties include but are not limited to:
Development of Processes and Workflows (60%): •Lead the expansion of the study to multiple clinical sites by developing new workflows and processes for participant identification, eligibility screening, enrollment, specimen tracking logistics, and results management. •Assist in piloting the workflows for each site and revise as necessary to achieve efficient, reliable and sustainable data collection. •Facilitate the creation and maintenance of study database tools. Assist with creating and performing quality assessment and improvement methods. •Train other project staff and clinical site personnel on new processes and workflows.
Regulatory and Research Protocol support (30%): •Facilitate the process of obtaining IRB approvals, modifications, renewals, responses, and closeouts; this includes assisting with preparing, writing, and editing IRB submissions/applications. •As assigned, take lead on organizing electronic and paper regulatory files. Establish effective work processes for accurately tracking, storing and retrieving information. •Ensure research activities are conducted in accordance with applicable institutional/departmental guidelines, federal regulations, and principles of Good Clinical Practice. Take action to correct problems such as protocol deviations to ensure research quality.
General research support (10%): •Support the development of project-specific written communications (e.g. journal articles, meeting summaries, progress reports). •Support the submission of grant and contract proposals, including writing and preparing portions of applications, editing, proofreading and collating proposals. •Assist with other tasks, as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS •Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or health related field. Equivalent experience may substitute degree. •Two years of research coordinator or related work experience. •Excellent work ethic and self-motivation. •Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. •Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to manage relationships and interact with a wide range of researchers and clinicians. •Proficiency in Microsoft Office software. •Familiarity with human subjects research regulations and guidelines.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS •Experience working within clinical settings. •Experience relating to genetics or genetic research. •GCP or Human Subjects training. •Experience with REDCap data capture/management system.
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