Research Associate - Center for Perinatal Research
Nationwide Children's Hospital
 Columbus, OH


Research Associate- Center for Perinatal Research

The Infectious Disease Research Associate's primary responsibility is managing all the elements of a clinical study in order to meet all protocol obligations while following ICH/GCP guidelines; and departmental/institutional standard operating procedures. These elements include but are not limited to; start-up activities, launch activities, day to day management of a study and study closure activities. The Research Associate also trains and mentors other clinical research staff on Infectious Disease standards and protocols to ensure consistency in study management activities. Study activities may fall outside of normal business hours and the Infectious Disease Research Associate will be required to adjust to the needs of the study and clinical care.


Why Nationwide Children's Hospital?

The moment you walk through our doors, you can feel it. When you meet one of our patient families, you believe it. And when you talk with anyone who works here, you want to be part of it, too. Welcome to Nationwide Children's Hospital, where Passion Meets Purpose.

Here, Everyone Matters. We're 13,000 strong. And it takes every single one of us to improve the lives of the kids we care for, and the kids from around the world we'll never even meet. Kids who are living healthier, fuller lives because of the knowledge we share. We know it takes a Collaborative Culture to deliver on our promise to provide the very best, innovative care and to foster new discoveries, made possible by the most groundbreaking research. Anywhere.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital. A Place to Be Proud.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Conducts Infectious Disease research studies and laboratory analysis in conjunction with Dr. Pablo Sanchez, the OPRN, as well as the Neonatal and Infectious Disease service lines.
  • Sets up research experiments and arranges from subjects to be used in research experiments through appropriate hospital and research institute procedures.
  • Recruits, consents and enrolls subjects according to ICH/GCP regulations, and subjects' rights through institutional IRB, federal and state regulations.
  • Ensures the subject meets inclusion/exclusion criteria; answers questions related to the protocol procedure as applicable; acts as a patient/family advocate.
  • Collects and analyzes data in accordance with appropriate statistical procedures, and prepares reports, inclusive of graphs, tables, and photographs, of the results of studies.
  • Collaborates and interacts with other researchers doing similar studies at NCH and at other research institutions.
  • Works with other study investigators as needed.
  • Assists in the preparation of scientific publications and grant proposals regarding Neonatology/Infectious Disease.
  • Attends scientific conferences and may give scientific presentations.
  • Coordinates, and schedules subject study visits with other hospital services and the PI/sub-I; manages protocol required data; performs study procedures according to recognized skill level and certifications and within the local and federal regulations and guidelines; collects, processes and ships human specimens for use in research studies.
  • Develops study database to maintain study data in de-identified format, according to recognized skill level; completes Case Report Forms (CRF's) and ensures CRF's are completed prior to monitor visits.
  • Serves as a resource person for other investigators and as a mentor to less experienced research personnel.
  • Prepares budget proposals for supplies and equipment needed to conduct research.
  • Monitors study expenditures to assure that budgetary constraints are followed.
  • Maintains billing compliance by utilizing a clinical trial management system.
  • Alerts the investigator when the subject's safety is in jeopardy, there is a protocol deviation, or when the subject requests premature study termination.
  • Performs miscellaneous related duties as required.


What Are We Looking For?

To fulfill this role successfully, you must possess these minimum qualifications and experience:

  • Master of Science degree with one to two years of laboratory research experience is preferred. Bachelor of Science degree with equivalent work-related experience required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in clinical research or health care field. This can coincide with laboratory experience.
  • CRA/CRC certification is preferred but not required. Willingness to pursue certification within two years required.
  • Must be able to use research methods in generating and collecting data and analyzing the data for report preparation.
  • Must be able to develop complex position papers and reports and help in preparation of research grant proposals and scientific publications.
  • Must be able to drive a car and maintain appropriate level of insurance coverage for work purposes.
  • Working knowledge of PCs, word processing and data management software required.
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Goal-oriented; self-directive
  • Initiation, motivation, creativity
  • Organizational and interpersonal
  • Ability to actively participate as a team player
  • Mentoring/training of new CRC's

Your Benefits, Your Wellness:

As an employer, Nationwide Children's recognizes the importance of the benefits we offer. We also recognize the importance of balancing your work and personal needs. Our benefits and Employee Wellness package is designed to:

  • Empower you to be a conscientious health care consumer through educational and wellness activities
  • Establish a work environment that promotes health and well-being
  • Support your financial protection and security in retirement
  • Most of our positions are benefits' eligible from day 1.

Minimum Physical Requirements:

  • 50% Conducting research studies
  • 25% Collecting and analyzing data
  • 10% Preparing position papers, publications and grant proposals
  • 05% Resource person for other investigators
  • 05% Mentoring less experienced research personnel
  • 05% Purchasing supplies
  • 100% Kneeling / reaching 100% Finger dexterity 100% Talking / hearing / seeing 33% Lifting / carrying weight 0-20 pounds for 1-5 minutes
  • The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.
  • EOE M/F/Disability/Vet