Pharmacyclics, LLC

Senior Clinical Research Associate

Sunnyvale, CA
Jun 20, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type

Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.

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Pharmacyclics is seeking a Senior Clinical Research Associate.

General Position Overview:

The Senior Clinical Research Associate (Sr. CRA) is responsible for assisting with clinical trial management, site management, data review and cleaning, and occasionally leading the planning and development of the study set-up, execution, and may assist with oversight of clinical study while ensuring the trial is conducted in compliance with the protocol, ICH/GCP, applicable regulatory requirements and applicable SOPs/Work Instructions.

Key Accountabilities/Core Job Responsibilities:

Study Planning and Conduct:

    Acts as primary point of contact for vendors, investigational sites and cross functional teams and escalates to the study lead as necessary Supports and occasionally leads the development/review of clinical study plans, presentations or project/study-related documents including contracts/site payments Supports in the development and design of CRFs, including participating in the EDC and IXRS specification process and UAT Responsible for oversight and mentoring of junior team members Performs and may lead in-house review of clinical data listings for completeness and accuracy and escalate issues to the CTM or above as needed Manages clinical monitoring activities and the overall site management ensuring compliance with Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and applicable regulations and tracking of site performance metrics Responsible for the development and distribution of study newsletters, tracking and reporting of recruitment updates Participates in the selection, training, and evaluation of study personnel (contractors, CRO, internal) Assists with providing oversight of CROs, , independent CRA and vendors including managing cross-functional teams Reviews monitoring trip reports and track resolution of all action items May participate in site visits as needed or accompany junior team members for training purposes

Project Management:

    Collaborates with internal cross functional teams (i.e., Clinical Science, Biometrics, Regulatory Affairs, etc.), to ensure effective delivery of the assigned project milestones Organizes and manages internal team meetings, investigator meetings, and other trial­ specific meetings as required

Financial Planning and Management:

    Provides support to the CTM in the development and management of vendor scope of work (SOW) per contract, quality, budget, and detailed timelines including investigator and vendor payments


    Maintains completion of required corporate training on standards, policies, work instructions by due date Performs other work-related duties as assigned


    Knowledgeable of clinical research operations, including interpretation and implementation of FDA regulations/ICH/GCP guidelines, is required Ability to work on complex or multiple projects and exercise critical thinking with minimal supervision Solid attention to detail and excellent organization skills Solid interpersonal skills and communication skills (both written and oral) Ability to establish priorities, excellent sense of urgency and collaborate (interpersonal, relationship management) with the study team, cross functional team members and external partners/vendors Demonstrates problem solving skills Demonstrates leadership skills, self-motivated and adaptable to a dynamic environment Computer skills including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and organization tools Proficient with Sharepoint with filing systems is desirable

Education and Experience Requirements:

    BA/BS or equivalent degree in a scientific discipline or related healthcare field is preferred but is not required Minimum of 5 years of clinical trial experience in a pharmaceutical, biotechnology, CRO and/or healthcare setting (including 2+ years on-site monitoring experience) Demonstrates core understanding of medical terminology or clinical trial activities Experience in interactions with outside vendors, e.g., CROs and other vendors is preferred Experience in oncology preferred Experience in global trials preferred