Clinical Research Coordinator B, Orthopedic Surgery Research

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Clinical Research Coordinator B, Orthopedic Surgery Research

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Posted Job Title
Clinical Research Coordinator B, Orthopedic Surgery Research

Job Profile Title
Clinical Research Coordinator B

Job Description Summary
This position will support the faculty, residents, and fellows of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the preparation for, conduct of, and completion of any and all Human Subjects Research projects and sub-projects in which they are engaged. This position will report administratively to the Director of Clinical Research for Orthopaedic Surgery and will report, on a study-specific basis to the
respective principal investigators. The CRC B for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will also work on Department level research, education, and quality/process improvement initiatives as required.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

The CRC B will be expected to understand the full complement of duties typically assigned to Clinical Research Coordinators at Penn and elsewhere and to execute these tasks as needed in service to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. These duties include but are not limited to (1) writing, editing, and submitting study documents such as protocols, summaries, Informed Consent Forms (ICFs) and similar documents for faculty initiated studies, and submitting to the IRB and applicable committees according to the requirements of each reviewing body, (2) developing appropriate de novo study specific documents and study tools to enable the proper and compliant execution of investigator initiated studies including but not limited to Case Report Forms and completion guidelines, operations manuals, data management plans, standard operational procedures, workflow processes and similar (3) performing all site-specific activities associated with either faculty initiated or extramurally funded studies to ensure study and site compliance with applicable regulations and policies, whether Penn is or is not the lead study site (4) Ensuring study progress and patient safety by actively engaging the faculty through the clinic and other mechanisms to identify and enroll applicable subjects and performing all necessary activities associated with study maintenance including venipuncture, and specimen processing, and any and all protocol related functions, (5) becoming an integral part of the overall Human Subjects Research Program at the Division and Departmental levels, (6) train and oversee other staff, residents, or students as applicable in the conduct of human subjects research as needed, (7) taking initiative to observe and continuously satisfy patient needs and improve team knowledge, compliance, practices and processes applicable to human subjects research and (8) other duties as needed. Travel may be required. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is actively engaged in collaborative studies with other institutions and with industry partners. The CRC B will be expected to be comfortably familiar with internal and external partners and to interact with them appropriately to advance the research goals of the Department and collaborative partners. Must be willing to travel
between clinical sites.


Bachelor's degree in Biology or similar science preferred and 2-3 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. This position requires entry to mid-level professional skills and well-developed speaking, writing, and public relations abilities. Experience limited to research on human data sets and/or bench lab only research will not satisfy. Experience with REDCap or similar electronic data collection systems preferred. A high level of proficiency with UPHS medical records system and research processes is an indispensable part of the job and should be present at the time of hire or developed immediately thereafter. The candidate should be energetic, interactive and comfortable working both independently and also as part of a team. Knowledge in the clinical practice of Orthopedic Surgery is not expected at the time of hire but should be aggressively acquired through clinical exposure with faculty, attendance at Department and Division level conferences, and ongoing independent reading and discussion with faculty and other clinical practitioners, as appropriate to ongoing studies, evolving faculty interests and Departmental/Divisional needs. The position also requires working knowledge and understanding of the regulatory environment in which human subjects research occurs and conducting research operations accordingly. This includes but is not limited to ICH GCP, 21 CFR, 45 CFR 46, the HIPAA privacy rule, and similar. Excellent customer service inclination and problem solving skills are required.

The CRC must be extremely dependable, compassionate, able to meet deadlines, self-motivated, and highly efficient. She/he should be comfortable doing a variety of tasks, be able to balance multiple commitments, and be proficient at adaptive multi-tasking. She/he should demonstrate interest in the work, a strong work ethic, and personal and professional integrity. Must also demonstrate extreme sensitivity to the needs and comfort of children, patients and families involved in clinical trials. Penn CRC certification required and/or ACRP or SoCRA certification a plus. Position contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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