Clinical Research Assistant Position @ Institute for Medical Research at the Durham VA Health Care System

Institute for Medical Research at the Durham VA Health Care System

Clinical Research Assistant – Anesthesia Service

PI: Dr. Karthik Raghunathan

The Institute for Medical Research (IMR), an affiliate of the Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS), is looking for a full-time Clinical Research Assistant to implement and execution of a variety of research projects, including subject screening and enrollment for clinical trials, specimen collection and processing, data collection and record administration, and oversight of a number of health services research projects and associated personnel. The position involves a significant amount of flexibility and an ability to manage complex projects conducted by the Principal Investigator, Dr. Karthik Raghunathan, and associates in Anesthesiology Group.

Location:  This position is in-office. This position is located in Durham, North Carolina and candidates must be willing to relocate prior to start date.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure that Anesthesia Research and Quality Improvement is in Compliance with Durham VA Institutional Review Board Regulations
  • Review electronic & paper medical records for medical data and enter into electronic database
  • Assist in the collection and management of clinical data and source documents for support of analytical and/or research projects
  • Work in compliance with study protocols to Screen, recruit and consent research participants for various clinical trials
  • In collaboration with PI and other staff, oversee progress of trials independently and/or in coordination with a CRO by preparing IRB materials, conducting site visits and interim monitoring, amendments and other protocol changes, adverse event reports and study closures
  • Coordinate and administer the logistical aspects of clinical trials, including collection of clinical data from electronic patient records and clinical specimens according to study protocols
  • Troubleshoot and modify protocol implementation as necessary and appropriate
  • In collaboration with PIs and IMR staff, assist in project budget creation and management, tracking billable events and tracking payments
  • Maintain credentialing and training records for research personnel
  • Assist in arranging research meetings and other communications either in-person or via other electronic means within the VA system and with non-VA collaborators
  • Work effectively with VA populations
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Adhere to safety and compliance regulations


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

Additional Requirements:

  • Basic computer skills are required, with experience using MS Access and MS Excel preferred.
  • Requires an organized, task oriented, deadline-sensitive, individual able to work independently and proactively plan projects and schedule.
  • Must deal diplomatically and professionally with a variety of investigators, clinical and lab personnel, subjects, and administrative staff.
  • Demonstrated leadership, professional initiative and teamwork abilities are required.
  • Prior experience with clinical research, regulatory documentation, basic lab processing skills, and subject screening and consenting is mandatory.
  • They must be detail oriented, organized, and reliable with good communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership, professional initiative and teamwork abilities are required.
  • Prior experience with FDA regulations, HIPAA considerations and consenting process is preferred.
  • Applicants must deal diplomatically and professionally with administration, faculty, clinical and lab personnel, and subjects.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements and activities that are required to perform the essential functions of the position include, but may not be limited to, as follows:  Must be able to occasionally lift, pull and push a minimum of 25 pounds, stand for extended periods of time, sit for extended periods of time, squat, kneel, and stoop, regularly use fingers, hands for computer work.

Supervisory Controls: The position of Clinical Research Assistant is under the direct supervisor of the Principal Investigator.

The prior statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Rate of Pay: $22.00 per hour non-negotiable

Status:  Non-Exempt

Job Type: 30-40 hours/week, some weekend/night hours anticipated

Start Date: Expected start date will be 6-8 weeks after the offer but is somewhat flexible and contingent upon completion and approval of VA paperwork.

Employee Benefits: IMR offers a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, short and long term disability insurance. IMR offers a matching 403b retirement savings plan, and paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave. Please visit for information about employee benefits.

All IMR employees are required to obtain a Workers Without Compensation (WOC) appointment at the Durham VA Health Care System (DVAHCS).  As a result, the successful candidate must undergo a federal background check and may be subject to a physical and drug test. Participation in the vaccination programs may be required for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Workers Without Compensation (WOC) appointments. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas.  

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled persons and Veterans.

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