Human Sub Research Spec II

Rochester, NY


The Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at The University of Rochester is seeking a part-time (20 hours/week) Human Subject Research Specialist, Level II, to coordinate human subject research activities. The division of Nephrology has a robust research portfolio that encompasses basic, translational, and clinical research. This individual would support Clinical Trials under the direction of Dr. Fahad Saeed primarily focused on Improving Kidney Therapy-Decision Making for Older People with Kidney Disease.

With minimum direction and latitude for independent judgement, this individual will be responsible for human subject research activities, including the development, implementation and evaluation of recruitment strategies, information, data systems and study management systems; development, review and approval of case report forms (CRFs) and study-specific procedure manuals and documents. This position may direct activities of subordinate staff and train research coordinators and other staff on activities associated with conducting human subject research specific to study protocols. Excellent interpersonal skills and interest in palliative care is desirable.


Oversees and coordinates human subject research activities for multiple clinical trials, with an emphasis on those that are focused on Palliative Care Intervention to Improve Kidney Therapy-Decision Making for Older People with Advanced CKD

  • Participates in the planning, development and implementation of study design, budgets, protocols, consent forms, processes and policies

  • Receiving, distributing, and explaining study information, including protocol, and human subject recruitment materials to immediate team members and relevant others

  • Develops, implements and evaluates recruitment strategies, information and data systems and study management systems for assigned studies

  • Facilitates eligibility screening and study recruitment activities, including study timelines and schedules appointments and study visits

  • Conducts study visits, schedules study appointments, does qualitative interviews to ensure research participant adherence with protocol requirements.

Data Collection, Management and Maintenance

  • Participates in the development, review and approval of case report forms (CRFs) and study-specific procedure manuals and documents

  • Performs data collection and uses required data systems for tracking study progression, monitoring and reporting on deliverables, quality, and safety tracking, according to protocol requirements and established operational procedures and timelines

  • Maintains relevant study logs, through sponsors related, and University related systems, including OnCore, according to UR and department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Regulatory, Quality and Compliance

  • Participate with the IRB to address any issues with the on-going studies, prepare and submit annual reviews, prepare and submit study amendments.

  • Develops, implements and monitors systems and methods to ensure quality, safety, efficiency and consistency in the processing of human subject research data.

  • Reviews study progress, including data, finances, documentation and reporting deliverables.

  • Designs, develops, implements, monitors and manages systems and procedures for the purpose of tracking study progression.

  • Initiates, monitors and ensures that all protocol activities are standardized across study sites. Implements immediate and appropriate corrective action when inconsistency of activities is identified


  • Represents sites, providers, study team, patients, study participants and the University with regard to the coordination of human subjects’ studies

  • Prepares for, participates in and serves as a liaison for sponsor monitoring visits. Develops good working relationship with sponsors to foster a positive research environment and attend study Investigator/Coordinator meetings as required

  • Develops, monitors and maintain working relationships, positive communications among the Principal Investigator, research staff, study sites, sponsor and regulatory agencies, with regard to the coordination of human subject studies.


  • Trains on study specific protocols and generally in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCPs) guidelines and sponsor requirements.

  • Trains research coordinators and other staff on activities associated with conducting human subject research specific to study protocols

  • Directs the activities of subordinate staff to gather, compile and analyze study information

Professional Development

  • Demonstrates accountability for continuous learning in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards and guidelines.

  • Maintains requisite skills and mandatory training in safety, equality, responsible conduct of research, continuing education, and research competencies.

  • Maintains CITI and Conflict of Interest (COI) certification and renewal as required.

  • Maintains proficiency in UR-specific research software, such as ClickIRB and OnCore, needed to manage clinical research.

  • Assumes personal responsibility for keeping up with new developments in the field, related literature, and relevant clinical standards

  • Keeps current with all federal, state, sponsor and institutional policies and laws, standard operating procedures and guidelines

  • Participates in protocol-related training as required

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of experience in human subject research coordination; or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • 2 years of experience in human subject research coordination required

  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Previous involvement in research and clinical trials. HSPP Certification.

  • Knowledge of word processing and data analysis software. Proficiency in Excel, REDCap is preferable, as well as knowledge of ClickIB and OnCore required.

  • This position requires the ability to travel to participating health care facilities and state or national meetings required.

  • SOCRA - Certification in Clinical Research upon hire preferred.

  • Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) within 2 years preferred.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $50,752 - $71,053 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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