Senior Clinical Trial Associate

South San Francisco, CA, United States
Sep 13, 2019
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
As a Senior Clinical Trial Associate (Sr. CTA) in Clinical Operations, you will be responsible for supporting the study team to ensure the execution of assigned trials according to the study timelines and in compliance with ICH GCP, country regulations, and SOPs. In collaboration with the Clinical Trial Manager (CTM)/Sr. CTM, one of your top priorities is to ensure the Trial Master File (TMF) is inspection ready throughout all phases of the trial. As an experienced CTA, you will assist with onboarding and mentoring of CTAs and will contribute to process improvement initiatives. This role will provide you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience in clinical research and management of clinical trials.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Support the planning, conduct, management and completion of assigned clinical trials under the leadership and guidance of the CTM/Sr. CTM
  • Cultivate and maintain excellent working relationships with study vendors, including Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Assist in planning and organizing Investigator Meetings
  • Schedule the Study Management Team (SMT) and other vendor meetings and draft the SMT meeting agenda and minutes and update the action item/decision/issue escalation log
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date information and study status reports to the clinical team members
  • Perform data extraction and uploads in various programs/systems
  • Create and maintain trackers including subject screening and enrollment, training, study staff contact list, clinical trial materials
  • Manage submissions and updates of trial information in clinical trial registries (e.g., EudraCT) in coordination with the CTM/Sr. CTM
  • May assist with aspects of vendor management under the guidance of the CTM/Sr. CTM
  • Organize and maintains shared spaces (SharePoint, MSTeams) for the study team
  • Set up folders as need for assigned trials, file documents to shared spaces, review shared space to ensure others are updating files
  • Serve as central contact of the study team in study-related communications, documentation, and correspondence
  • Collect, review for accuracy, and file essential documents in the Trial Master File
  • Review and track essential documents such as informed consent documents, IRB approvals, financial disclosure forms, and other study-related documents for the study team
  • Maintain in-house electronic storage of clinical document archives and TMF
  • Assist in study start up activities including, but not limited to, review of informed consent forms, study plans/manuals and other essentials documents
  • Works with TMF document owners to ensure documents are filed and complete according to the TMF plan
  • Lead the periodic QC of the TMF and ensure archival of TMF for completed trials
  • Follows study timeline to meet deadlines for assigned tasks and communicates with CTM/Sr. CTM with any updates or changes to the study timeline
  • Train and mentor Clinical Trial Associates
  • Provide suggestions and solutions for areas of process improvements in Clinical Operations
  • Contribute to the development of the Clinical Operations SOPs, best practices, work instructions, tools and templates
  • Lead process improvement initiatives for the Clinical Operations group and create timelines to manage project
  • Approximately up to 10% domestic and international travel may be required for this position

Preferred Experience:
  • Minimum 4 years of as a Clinical Trial Associate
  • Knowledge of clinical trial processes and ICH GCP guidelines
  • Experience filing essential documents according to the DIA reference model
  • Familiar with using eTMF, EDC, IRT, CTMS, and other vendors systems/portals
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, track projects, and follow-through on-time with assigned tasks
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proactive; applies critical thinking to improve execution of study tasks
  • Ability to learn quickly and effectively using newly acquired skills
  • Willing to go beyond the scope of the job to help the department and organization achieve their objectives
  • Willing to embrace change and work in a changing environment
  • Able to work collaboratively across cultures and geographies
  • Fluency in English in both written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Sense of humor
  • Bachelor's degree or other relevant post-high school experience
  • Fluency in Mandarin or other languages in both written and oral communication skills is desired, but not required
  • Experience working on global trials in China, India or other countries with high prevalence of HBV
  • Knowledge of hepatitis B virus and infectious disease

About Assembly:

Assembly Biosciences (NASDAQ: ASMB) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing innovative therapeutics targeting hepatitis B virus (HBV) and diseases associated with the microbiome. The HBV program is focused on advancing a new class of potent, oral core inhibitors that have the potential to increase cure rates for chronically infected patients. The microbiome program is developing novel oral live microbial biotherapeutic candidates with Assembly's fully integrated platform, including a robust process for strain identification and selection, GMP banking and production, and targeted delivery to the lower gastrointestinal tract with the GEMICEL ® technology. We pride ourselves on creating a culture and work environment that is scientifically driven, ambitious, and collaborative. We encourage diversity of thought that leads to great innovation and are looking to add to our dynamic team great people who are driven to transform the lives of patients.

We believe our Microbiome platform represents a best in class approach to developing biopharmaceutical agents from live biotherapeutic products. ABI-M201, our lead program in mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis (UC), is currently in a phase 1b clinical trial. This program is part of a broader collaboration we established with Allergan in 2017 for gastrointestinal programs such as UC, Crohn's disease and Irritable Bowel Syndromes with potential total development and commercial milestones of up to $2.8 billion. Our internal pipeline comprises first in class or best in class live microbial biotherapeutic approaches in areas such as oncology, immune mediated and metabolic disorders, and other areas of high medical need.

Assembly is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, while the R&D headquarters is in South San Francisco. The Company also has a microbiome manufacturing facility in Groton, CT, and offices in China. Assembly has a strong balance sheet having raised approximately $166 million in July 2018. We are positioned well to build the next phase of the Company toward global development and commercialization of our innovative medicines in HBV-cure and the Microbiome.

AAP/EEO Statement:

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