Job PurposeThis is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) registered clinical trials units in the country. The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) is based in the Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham and specialises in running cancer clinical trials. The Unit has an extensive portfolio of phase I, II and III clinical trials in adults and children covering a wide range of disease sites.
The Unit employs a multidisciplinary team of over 170 staff including statisticians, systematic reviewers, trial management staff, research nurses, monitors, programmers, administrators and IT staff. The CRCTU receives substantial core funding from Cancer Research UK and additional funding from other charities, government and pharmaceutical companies.
Trial Administrators are responsible for the administration and collection of clinical research data for one or more cancer trial protocols. They provide secretariat services to multi-disciplinary collaborative research group(s) engaged in clinical trials designed to improve the treatment and care of patients with cancer. Post holders work closely with the Trial Coordinator, ensuring the smooth process of trial administration, whilst providing support to colleagues, both inside and outside the unit, and give day to day operational guidance to Data Managers.
Person Specification• A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant biomedical or associated subject, and be able to demonstrate relevant work experience e.g. in clinical trial management or as a clinical research nurse. (May have been obtained during the degree course.)
• An aptitude for large and/ or more complex relational databases (MS Access or SQL Server preferred), including query/report writing and a full range of data verification, cleaning techniques.
• Experience of using statistics packages such as SPSS, Minitab, BMDP or SAS.
• Excellent all-round office management and clerical skills must include up-to date computing and office automation skills (e.g. email, excellent word processing & document layout, the use of mail merge etc).
• Must demonstrate a critical and intelligent attention to detail, high standards of accuracy and apply a sound knowledge of the research framework to the work.
• Aptitude for learning and applying new skills to ensure effective support and where necessary cover for the Trial Coordinator in order to help supervise junior team members.
• Experience of conducting literature or internet searches, finding missing or inaccurate information, and maintenance of bibliographic databases.
• Ability to interact as a team member, as well as working independently, deciding own short-term priorities and timetabling of tasks to meet agreed deadlines.
• Good written/ verbal communication and an excellent telephone manner.
• Maintains regular contact with professional research staff and members of the collaborating group. Handles routine communications (on own initiative) with the clinical investigators, research support staff and others in external centres for the collection of data and resolution of queries.
• Must be pro-active to identify potential problems, applying previous experience of general processes and procedures to take decisions. Work to develop and improve working practices under the Trial Coordinators guidance.
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