Clinical Trials Research Specialist - Cancer Center

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 22005321

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking a Clinical Trials Research Specialist to coordinate clinical study activities of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) Clinical Research Services; assists in the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care provided to research protocol patients; coordinates clinical trial protocols, procedures and data entry in close collaboration with multiple departments and offices; maintains medical documentation, binders and files and electronic data systems for clinical research currently being conducted in the HCCC at the University of Iowa.

Duties to include:

  • Functions as a member of the Clinical Research Services team to plan, deliver, and evaluate the health care provided to research protocol patients.
  • Establishes routine meeting with investigators to review the status of current study participants.
  • Oversee operations of clinical research studies including the recruitment, coordination and scheduling of subject participation and procedures as required by protocol.
  • Creates, populates, maintains, and enhances multiple databases containing clinical and research information obtained through review of patient charts and samples, lab reports and other related information and in a manner that complies with Institutional Review Board requirements and in response to physician and research needs and requirements.
  • Manages the design, development, execution and administration of data entry for protocols and clinical studies.
  • Follows study participants; manages collection of data including maintaining records of patient visits/interviews.
  • Enters protocol patient data on electronic databases ensuring that all prerequisites have been completed and are within the required parameters.
  • Monitors compliance, gathers and maintains data for pharmaceutical sponsored research trials, in-house trials and cooperative group studies; creates worksheets, treatment flow sheets and assorted tools to provide source documentation of protocol treatment procedures; triages telephone calls from patients and families to facilitate clinic visits for medical care/emergent care needs; assists in obtaining prescription medications; provides follow-up for treatment related complications.
  • Serves as liaison to local physicians/hospitals to facilitate care of protocol patients when hospitalized at outside institutions; obtains documentation of the hospitalizations; provides notification to the Principal Investigator, Study Sponsor, and FDA as required per protocol.
  • Assists in judging validity of data; makes recommendations; performs and interprets statistical analysis of data; prepares data for computer analysis; uses evaluation data to revise and implement change in close collaboration with the clinical research coordinator.
  • Assists in the preparation of periodic and special reports, including reports to IRB-01, Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee and other review committees for multiple clinical research studies; compiles accrual data; reviews and summarizes information for principal investigators and University Institutional Review Board (IRB-01).
  • Assists in maintaining documentation of protocols and relevant data, follow-up correspondence, and summaries.
  • Assists in the preparation of materials for reports to be written by faculty and staff on various oncology protocols and in compiling summary data for inclusion in various reports used for analysis and submission to study sponsors.
  • Coordinates ongoing research collaborations with outside institutions ensuring that data is collected and entered in appropriate electronic records in a manner consistent between the institutions.
  • Participates in the development of general goals for the Clinical Research Services.
  • Attends protocol meetings and other UIHC and Study Sponsor meetings; participates on committees as appropriate.

The department intends to hire for one position from either Clinical Trials Research Specialist, requisition 22005321 or Clinical Trials Research Specialist, requisition 22005319, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Please apply to the specific position for which you wish to be considered or both.


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. The NCI designation recognized our cancer center, and its research scientist, physicians, and other health care professionals, for their roles in advancing cancer research that impacts on our ability to prevent, detect and treat our patients with cancer. Not just a floor, or a building, or even confined to a single college. Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center coordinates all cancer-related research, education, and patient care by faculty from 41 departments and six colleges, as well as UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital.

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We strive for an environment where everyone has a voice that is heard, that promotes the dignity of our patients, trainees, and employees, and allows all to thrive in their health, work, research, and education.


We aim to achieve and deliver our personal and collective best in the pursuit of quality and accessible healthcare, education, and research.


We encourage collaboration with healthcare systems, providers, and communities across Iowa and the region, as well as within our UI community. We believe teamwork – guided by compassion – is the best way to work.


We behave ethically, act with fairness and integrity, take responsibility for our own actions, and respond when errors in behavior or judgement occur.


We are committed to ensuring the UI Health Care is an inclusive environment where individuals from the full spectrum of diversity – which includes identity, backgrounds, cultures, ability, and perspective – feel safe, seen and valued.


We dedicate ourselves to equity and fairness in research, health care, education, and health.

Percent of Time: 100%

Pay Grade: 5A

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Some (3 – 5 year) experience with protocol therapy and medical research data management.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficient in computer software applications.
  • Ability to manage complex information with attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Relevant experience in the conduct of both clinical and laboratory oncology research studies.
  • Knowledge of regulatory guidelines and procedures.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator Certification (SOCRA or ACRP).
  • Knowledge of University of Iowa policies, procedures and regulations.


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants must upload resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

With additional questions, please reach out to Sarah Waldschmidt at

Job ID: 84059

Posted 22 days ago

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