Job Description

Research Scientist 1

Requisition IDreq11322
Working TitleResearch Scientist 1
Position Grade11
Position Summary

The Clinical Research Office at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is recruiting for a Research Scientist 1. This position will work to support ORIEN, a nation-wide clinical trial open at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center along with 18 other sites in the United States. ORIEN is a biospecimen and clinical informatics banking trial that brings large volumes of patient data together in a network for eventual use in Research and Industry sponsored clinical trials. This position will function as a Research Scientist in the Clinical Trials Office and report to the Director of ORIEN. The ideal candidate will be part of a team consenting participants to this trial along with data and specimen collections. Day to day work will consist of face to face patient interactions to explain the ORIEN protocol, consenting when applicable, working in schedule and chart review in our Electronic Medical Records system, and performing data entry in our Clinical Trials Management System and reporting. Additionally there will be work with our regulatory department and clinical staff both within the Clinical Research Office and throughout all clinics in the Cancer Center to support all needs of this trial.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery. Learn more at

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Thorough understanding of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and ability to adhere to research protocols,

2. Planning/scheduling/coordinating logistical arrangements for research subject participation, and monitoring subject adherence to the protocol and all regulatory requirements.

3. Independently screens, recruits, and enrolls cancer patients

4. Responsible for providing informed consent and interacting with patients and/or caregivers to clearly explain protocol expectations. Able to provide clear and concise instruction to research participants and/or caregivers.

5. Independently gathers all supporting documentation to assess subject eligibility

6. Generates data and performs data collection and entry to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance. Prepares narrative or graphical reports as appropriate. Able to complete patient contact documentation at each visit/contact to ensure all required data points are collected in the patient record.

7. Organizes and facilitates meetings associated with research studies as needed.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Additional health screenings may be required, dependent on the nature of the research conducted, as determined by Employee Occupational Health Services.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; no previous experience required.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Medical and research terminology experience, both basic and in Oncology

2. Experience with health database systems including Electronic Medical Record Systems and Clinical Trial Management Systems

3. General computer skills: proficiency in desktop office applications and the ability to learn new software applications

4. Strong time management and organizational skills

5. Strong written and oral communication skills

6. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while also being able to work effectively on a team

7. Familiarity with GCP and Clinical operations

8. Ability to read and comprehend complex clinical protocols

9. Experience with patients in a clinical setting

Additional RequirementsFinalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts if selected for hire.

Applicants must provide names of 3 past or present supervisors as references that the hiring official can contact.
CampusHealth Sciences Center (HSC) - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentCRTC Clinic Rsrch Data Management (099L)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date1 year from date of hire
Pay$2,964.00 - $3,894.80
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredYes
For Best Consideration Date11/25/2019
Application InstructionsAPPLICANT: Please complete the official application; making sure to include all prior work experience and average hours worked per week. Attach your Current Resume; listing three former or current Supervisor References. Attach your Cover Letter that details how your experience matches the position as described above; including any Preferred Qualifications.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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