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Cedars-Sinai Research Associate II - Smidt Heart Institute / Dept. of Cardiology - Albert Lab in Los Angeles, California

As a Research Associate II, you will work under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator’s Project Manager to gather data on observational research studies involving the identification of novel risk factors for coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death among men and women. The research is being performed in two large-scale cohorts: the PRE-DETERMINE Study and the VITAL Trial. You will participate in research activities involving all aspects of the endpoint coordination process, to include, but not limited to; contacting participants and family members by mail and phone to collect essential questionnaire data, consent forms, medical records, death certificates, autopsy reports and other documents necessary to validate study endpoints. Other responsibilities include, processing and cleaning data, participating in weekly operational staff meetings, preparing and presenting routine progress reports for internal meetings, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and grant submissions. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Essential job duties and responsibilities:

  • Serves as the primary contact and responds to incoming telephone calls, emails and written correspondence from study participants, contacts, and next-of-kin, then documents these interactions by completing and processing the appropriate forms and enters summary information in the electronic participant files.

  • Coordinates the mailing of study endpoint(s) form letters, questionnaires and consent forms to the participants/next-of-kin, contacts medical facilities for medical records and follows up with non-respondents via telephone. Uses all available resources to locate participant, next-of-kin, and/or contacts to confirm contact information and/or collect study data.

  • Performs sensitive telephone interviews with deceased participant’s family members to gather more information regarding circumstances surrounding death or if next-of-kin requests a telephone call instead of a mailed questionnaire.

  • Creates, organizes and prepares endpoint charts for review by the study investigators. This process involves scanning the endpoint record, bookmarking important procedures/tests, highlighting key words, uploading the file to an electronic adjudication system for review and tracking the workflow to ensure each case is reviewed in a timely manner.

  • Updates and maintains endpoint database(s) to track all aspects of the follow-up process.

  • Reviews and verifies completed data forms, as well as rectifies data discrepancies.

  • Prepares and presents progress reports for routine meetings, as well as assists with IRB and grant submissions as needed.

  • Creates and maintains study procedures, manual of operations, data collection forms, instructions and all other pertinent study material.

  • Aides in all aspects of PRE-DETERMINE clinical site activities, by responding to study related inquires via phone and email.

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts Degree in biological sciences is required


  • Two (2) years of research experience.

  • Understanding of general research objectives.

  • Familiar with routine research procedures, protocols, and medical terminology.

  • Applicant must be highly motivated and able to work independently, as well as in a team.

  • Must have superior interpersonal, communication and organization skills and the ability to work across company disciplines and functional units, and computer application experience.

  • Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Word and Access.

  • Ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize multiple research tasks and possess a strong attention to detail.

  • Demonstrate professionalism and respect for subject’s rights and individual needs.

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.