Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Clinical Research Associate I

Frederick, MD, USA
Oct 15, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Within Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., the Clinical Monitoring Research Program Directorate (CMRPD) provides high-quality comprehensive and strategic operational support to the high-profile domestic and international clinical research initiatives of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Clinical Center (CC), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Since its inception in 2001, CMRPD's ability to provide rapid responses, high-quality solutions, and to recruit and retain experts with a variety of backgrounds to meet the growing research portfolios of NCI, NIAID, CC, NHLBI, NIAMS, NCATS, NINDS, and NIMH has led to the considerable expansion of the program and its repertoire of support services. CMRPD's support services are strategically aligned with the program's mission to provide comprehensive, dedicated support to assist National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers in providing the highest quality of clinical research in compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines, maintaining data integrity, and protecting human subjects. For the scientific advancement of clinical research, CMRPD services include comprehensive clinical trials monitoring, regulatory, pharmacovigilance, protocol navigation and development, and programmatic and project management support for facilitating the conduct of 400+ Phase I, II, and III domestic and international trials on a yearly basis. These trials investigate the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of, and therapies for cancer, influenza, HIV, and other infectious diseases and viruses such as hepatitis C, tuberculosis, malaria, and Ebola virus; heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions; parasitic infections; rheumatic and inflammatory diseases; and rare and neglected diseases. CMRPD's collaborative approach to clinical research and the expertise and dedication of staff to the continuation and success of the program's mission has contributed to improving the overall standards of public health on a global scale.

CMRPD provides specialized support for initiatives and special projects in support of the NIAID Division of Clinical Research (DCR). CMRPD is responsible for the management and oversight of NIAID clinical research studies related to COVID-19 and possibly other emerging and re-emerging infectious disease studies globally. The CMRPD, Clinical Trials Monitoring (CTM) Group, provides comprehensive clinical trials management and oversight support to the various clinical research initiatives of the NIAID, DCR.

  • Works primarily in an in-house position
  • Assists with the implementation of clinical trials, tracking studies and subject information, and coordinating project activities associated with the monitoring functions of clinical studies
  • Assists with the review of protocols, informed consents, and study related documents
  • Maintains and tracks regulatory files/essential Master Documentation Files (MDFs) while working closely with other team members to ensure these documents are properly managed and are current and accurate
  • Assist in the collection, review and tracking of FDA Sponsor related paper and electronic trial master files (eTMF)
  • Interacts and supports internal and external staff to facilitate meeting project timelines and tasks in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practices (GCPs) and all applicable regulatory guidelines
  • Supports CRAs and project managers with clinical site startup and ongoing management activities
  • Assists with managing the relationship between Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) and field CRAs, as needed
  • Assists with investigator site activities in adherence to all applicable guidelines, including GCPs and SOPs
  • Helps ensure appropriate reporting of Adverse Events (AEs), Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) and Unanticipated Problems (UPs)
  • Assists with the review and possible design and production of subject Case Report Forms (CRFs)
  • Assists with tracking clinical trials progress
  • Participates in and helps organize clinical trial activities with CROs, such as investigator meetings, study initiation, ongoing monitoring and close-out visit activities when applicable
  • Assists in preparation and production of documents for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission, as well as annual IND protocol reports
  • May assist in the conduct of site visits and initiate draft reports and letters in a timely manner to ensure compliance with SOPs
  • May require local travel 5-10%
  • Position is located in Frederick, Maryland

  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)in a field related to biomedical research, clinical trials and/or health. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education)
  • Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency
  • No experience beyond a Bachelor's degree required
  • Ability to work in a clinical research setting both independently and within a team
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks/projects through effective organization/planning skills
  • General knowledge of clinical trial fieldwork concepts and practices, FDA regulations and GCPs
  • Knowledge of database management
  • Must be willing to travel approximately 5 -10% local/domestic
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • Familiarity with FDA regulatory requirements and guidelines for clinical research, as well as monitoring requirements
  • Experience with GCPs, FWAs, IRB procedures including central IRBs
  • Infectious disease experience
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to think critically and focus on details
  • Knowledge of Department of Health and Human Services regulations
  • Experience with the development of CRFs, FrameMaker® and/or TrackWise®
  • Experience with electronic regulatory sponsor and site study files, including various tracking software
  • Experience in computer software packages including Microsoft applications
  • Ability to read/understand French and/or Spanish
  • Experience with remote review of regulatory files

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)