Research Study Site Manager – Central Africa

April 28, 2008 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

Research Study Site Manager – Rubins Lab

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is a leading, nonprofit research and educational institution that has defined the cutting edge of biomedical science, creating a legacy of research excellence and academic eminence since 1982. Wholly independent in its governance, finances and research programs, Whitehead shares a teaching affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), offering the intellectual, collegial and scientific benefits of a leading research university. Whitehead’s Faculty Members and Fellows run pioneering programs in cancer research, immunology, developmental biology, stem
cell research, regenerative medicine, genetics and genomics-programs with a record of success.

Director David C. Page likens the Institute to an artists’ colony. “What we do here at Whitehead is attract the best possible intellectual capital and empower maximally creative-really wildly creative-individuals to realize their dreams within these walls”.

Whitehead offers a generous comprehensive benefits package which includes health and dental plans, retirement program, paid time off, reimbursement accounts (FSAs), short and long term disability and much more.

Summary
The Research Study Site Manager will independently coordinate and supervise various aspects of foreign clinical research study site, and will be based on-site in Central Africa. This site supports research on viral pathogens which cause human disease in Central Africa. This includes the responsibility for coordinating and ensuring human subjects compliance and laboratory research of all day-to-day study activities. He/She will act as the primary liaison for international study site staff including physicians, nurses and laboratory staff, as well as coordinate with US Research teams leading the study. Use scientific knowledge and technical expertise to help design and implement projects that support key areas of study site research. Facilitates project completion, addresses technical problems, and determines the methods to be used in research. Summarizes and may present project results, including writing and editing reports and papers for publication.

Responsibilities:
* Developing and writing monitoring human subjects protocols, guidelines and laboratory SOPs prior to study initiation
* Initiate and provide oversight and management of human subjects regulatory documents, including consent forms, subject clinical information, site enrollment logs, status reports, clinical tracking reports, and protocol deviation reports.
* Manage day-to-day laboratory operations and supervise lab technicians processing clinical samples. Troubleshoot problems with sample processing and revise SOPs as needed
* Perform some sample processing according to SOPs
* Responsible for sample inventory management, inventory and clinical database management, cold chain compliance, sample tracking and shipping.
* Maintain detailed supply inventory records and coordinate resupply missions to the field site with detailed supply inventory tracking.
* Design and implement projects and protocols that support key areas of study site research.
* Supervises and assigns work to clinical research and laboratory personnel by coordinating and overseeing the smaller and varied investigations that support the lab/group’s major projects. Monitors progress of projects.
* May determine the methods and experimental controls to be used in research. Assists in implementing changes in protocols or methods, assists with the training of lab personnel on new methodologies.
* Facilitate cooperation with outside collaborators to obtain necessary project resources and support.
* May write and edit reports and papers for presentation and publication, may assist PI or project manager with writing and editing as needed.
* Other tasks as required or assigned.

Qualifications:
* Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field
* Willing to live in Africa (with 2-3 return trips to the US available per year) for at least 1 year
* Some knowledge of French; good or fluent spoken and written French is strongly preferred
* Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills required.
* At least 1-2 years laboratory research experience strongly preferred
* Some project management experience strongly preferred.
* Some supervisory/management experience preferred.
* Ability to interact well with different cultures and coordinate between several US and international organizations.
* Ability to obtain US citizenship prior to travel

Interested candidates should send resume to:
Dilly Wilson
The Whitehead Institute
Employment and Employee Relations Specialist
resumes@wi.mit.edu
5 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel: 617-258-6725

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