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Clin Research Assistant II

Date: Mar 10, 2017

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: CHOP

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Job Description

Req ID: 5511

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is seeking a research assistant who has experience performing a variety of research tasks, such as subject recruitment, informed consent, completion of case report forms, chart abstraction, delivery of study interventions, database management, literature reviews, and assisting with IRB submissions. Initially the successful candidate will support a new grant funded initiative to conduct qualitative interviews with adolescent women to better understand their experiences during the first 6 to 12 months of using a new contraceptive method.

The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Aletha Akers (Principal Investigator), an adolescent gynecologist and medical director of Adolescent Gynecology Consultative Services in the Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP and Assistant Professor of OBGYN and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Akers is an expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She provides clinical care to children, adolescents, and young women with complex gynecologic care needs. She has expertise in providing routine, preventive care and addressing the contraception needs of adolescents with medical problems and those at risk of unplanned pregnancy.

Dr. Akers’ research group is housed within the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab and Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness. Her research focuses on improving reproductive health outcomes among adolescent women by reducing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates by increasing adolescents’ access to high quality reproductive health services. Her ongoing projects include: a clinical trial investigating pain management options during insertion of intrauterine contraceptive devices, a retrospective study of longitudinal datasets to understand sexual risk behaviors among obese adolescents, a prospective study exploring factors influencing IUD uptake and experiences among adolescent women, and pilot testing an adolescent-centered model of contraceptive clinical care services to reduce teen pregnancy.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Clinical Research Assistant include, but are not limited to:


Assisting the Administrative Director of Research, Clinical Research Coordinators, and Principal Investigator in all aspects of projects

Assisting with IRB submissions such as creating or editing protocols, applications, and informed consent forms

Performing medical chart reviews

Helping create and manage survey instruments and databases in SurveyMonkey, REDCap, and other platforms as needed

Recruiting study participants, including by email, telephone, and face-to-face meetings

Conducting research interviews and questionnaires, including face-to-face and telephone interviews

Scheduling study visits and coordinating participant incentives

Participating in the informed consent process and conducting study visits

Meeting all quality assurance and confidentiality guidelines for data collection, and ensuring accurate completion of questionnaires and other data collection during study visits

Ensuring compliance with all data management and data security protocols

Collecting/entering, cleaning, and analyzing study data

Conducting literature searches and maintaining endnote libraries

Assisting with supervising student employees

Assisting with the preparation of manuscripts and publications

Assisting with administrative tasks as needed, such as ordering supplies

Assisting with research dissemination activities, including developing and managing content for research webpages

Attending weekly meetings of the CHOP research team and other pertinent project or division related meetings

Required Education and Experience

Required Education::  AA in a related field

Required Experience:  2+ year(s) relevant clinical research experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education:  BA/BS in a related field

Preferred Experience: Conducting research interviews and performing qualitative coding; Experience with survey/data management software, such as REDCap

Additional Technical Requirements

Proficiency in MS office

Ability to pay strict attention to detail

Ability to function with minimal supervision in a clinical research setting

Ability to work collaboratively as a member of the study team

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to interact with staff, adolescents, and community partners

Ability to be discreet with confidential materials and sensitive topics

Ability to handle multiple, time dependent tasks in a fast paced, complex work environment

Adaptable to do work which is varied and requires an intellectual and professional approach

Ability to be flexible with work hours to accommodate scheduling needs of the study

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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