Senior Research Nurse

Job Description


GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION: Under the direction of the Principal Investigator or designee, the Sr Research Nurse is responsible to carry out all delegated tasks related to complex protocols testing investigational drugs, devices, or research interventions. The Sr Research Nurse is a primary resource for study protocol conduct acting as a liaison between the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, clinical partners (ex. University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care (UMMHC)), the Principal Investigator, Institutional Review Board (IRB), and sponsors to ensure good clinical practice standards (GCP) throughout the life cycle of the study.


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: – Review new research protocols to assess feasibility – Administratively responsible for recruiting, screening assigning, monitoring, maintaining, and terminating study subjects

– Communicate with outside vendors to obtain the services required to meet the need of the research protocol

– Assume administrative responsibility for the assigned research group/study

– Administratively responsible for scheduling, performing, and/or supervising required study tests

– Orient, train, supervise, and coordinate the activities of and provide feedback to assigned Research staff

– Responsible for the operational aspects of the clinical research implementation

– Coordinate a protocol from its inception to completion and problem solve difficulties during it life cycle

– In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, assist in collation, writing, and editing of research results

– Assist the Principal Investigator in feasibility and budget assessments for research studies, recommend changes and adjustments as necessary

– Responsible for the protocol specific training of the study team and clinical staff

– Assist in the development of research protocols, case report forms, and case report form completion guidelines

– Maintain and coordinate all aspects of complex study conduct, including data and source documentation, adverse event reporting, and communications with the IRB

– Review and abstract medical record information in a consistent manner, in accordance with study protocol, institutional, and HIPAA requirements

– In collaboration with the investigational pharmacy, ensure proper adherence to randomization schema, study drug dosing and administration per protocol

– Participate in Quality Assurance internal audits

– Screen patients according to study criteria, randomize, enroll, and consent in accordance with GCP standards

– Maintain patient/subject confidentiality and strictly adhere to all federal, state, and institutional standards for GCP

– Maintain business confidentiality as it relates to sponsor, protocol and related regulatory documents

– Schedule, perform, and/or coordinate required study procedures according to protocol requirements and sponsor conventions

– Responsible for all regulatory paperwork in accordance with sponsor and institutional standards throughout the life of the study. Report findings to the Principal Investigator, sponsor, and IRB when necessary

– Review clinical system billing charges for accuracy and appropriateness

– Ensure that all required study event and protocol related data is accurately and efficiently entered into the clinical trial management system

– Attend meetings, conferences, seminars, and applicable training as required

– Ensure that all staff adhere to policies and procedures of any clinical site where study is being performed and adhere to all UMMS institutional health, safety, and infections control regulations and requirements

– Perform other duties as required.



– RN with current registration to practice nursing in Massachusetts

– 7-9 years of relevant nursing experience, 3 years of which must be research nurse coordinator experience

– Proficiency in electronic medical records and relevant computer software

– Strong oral and written communication skills, attention to detail is essential

– Ability to work in a team environment to facilitate the integrity of the study and its timely completion

– Maintain annual clinical partner nurse compliance standards

– Ability to travel to off-site locations.

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