University of Maryland, Baltimore Research Specialist, Clinical in Baltimore, Maryland

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Department of Pathology,is currently seeking a Clinical Research Specialist.The selected candidate will plan and carry out key elements of research for lung cancer research projects. This position will be responsible developing protocols, IRB submissions, and operating procedures, consenting and recruitment of research subjects, ensuring implementation and documentation of research procedures and protocols using a variety of complex activities.

The selected candidate will function as a single specialist in clinical settings of the University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore VA Medical Center and is responsible for providing the highest technical expertise to conducting and overseeing clinical research activities.

UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and observed holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.

Essential Functions

  • Screens and recruits subjects for research studies.

  • Performs phlebotomy to collect blood samples; collects and processes other biologic specimens (e.g., Sputum) per individualized protocol.

  • Under the direction of Principal Investigators (PIs) and clinicians (co-investigators), helps the PIs with the overall design, conduct, management of the IRB protocol, facilitate and coordinate the study, and plays a critical role in the conduct of studies. Helps the PIs to ensure that research and related activities are performed in accordance with federal regulations and university and VA system policies and procedures.

  • Assists the PIs in development of materials and tools necessary to appropriately train individuals involved in the conduct of the study around issues related to protocol requirements, schedule of visits, and execution of research plans.

  • Assists PIs to assure that all key personnel or persons ‘engaged’ in the research project have met training requirements in accordance with federal regulations and university and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.

  • Cooperates with university and VA compliance and monitoring efforts related to sponsored program administration and reports instances of noncompliance to the appropriate compliance office.

  • Coordinates and facilitates monitoring and auditing visits. Notifies appropriate institutional officials of external audits by sponsors. Collaborates with PIs and institutions to respond to any audit findings and implement approved recommendations.

  • Performs clinical research activities including data collection, data entry, data verification, compliance and clinical relevance of data.

  • Performs administrative duties such as providing training and guidance to research team members, students and other clinical staff. Participate in the design of research studies.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education:Bachelors in epidemiology, sociology, psychology or study field relative to the research of the clinic.

Experience:Three (3) years clinical research including two (2) years relevant research specialization.

Preferred:Clinical research experience and experience in phlebotomy are preferred. Phlebotomy certification preferred.

Other: May consider a combination of directly related experience and education.

**Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field with at least 18 credits in a field related to the research of the clinic, or Bachelor’s degree in unrelated field with at least one year of experience in a field directly related to the research of the clinic. Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of key practices in the field as well as all relevant federal, state, local laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Ability to understand and utilize scientific/medical terminology and research theory in both oral and written communications.

  • Ability to take a lead role in performing and directing various advanced, routine, and maintenance procedures.

  • Ability to perform independent projects and to serve as a consultant in area of technical specialty.

  • Ability to use measurable and verifiable information for making decisions or judgments.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of scientific theory and computer capability to design and recommend changes to methods for clinical research.

  • Ability to network with, and present information to key groups and individuals.

  • Ability to conduct library research and participate in the preparation of journal articles.

Hiring Range:Commensurate with education and experience.


If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job: *Reg or CII Non-Exempt Staff

Organization: *School of Medicine - Pathology

Title: Research Specialist, Clinical

Location: null

Requisition ID: 1900007P