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Fox Insight- Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 26th, 2018

Last review date: Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Apr 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Fox Insight- Specialist

Job Overview

A full-time, senior-level Specialist position is available in the UCSF Department of Neurology. You will be responsible for managing a large online cohort for a cross-sectional and longitudinal study that deepens Parkinson’s disease research in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional research team, sponsored by the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Under the guidance of the Principal Investigator (PI) and scientific steering committee, you will oversee the collection of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and maintain strong relationships with the sponsor and external partners to develop the first stage of a multistage remote-to-in-clinic assessment protocol. You will work with study core facilities to oversee online data collection, establish and retain a prospective cohort, and maintain strong relationships with the sponsor and collaborators. The prospective cohort will include three types of participants: 1) people with Parkinson’s disease; 2) healthy people, some of whom may be at risk for Parkinson’s disease; 3) carers of persons with Parkinson’s disease.

In addition, other responsibilities will include working closely with the PI in the preparation of human subjects protocols and renewals, reporting study results and assisting with manuscript preparation, communicating via phone and email on behalf of faculty, and providing administrative assistance to the members of the team as needed.

Under the direction of the PI, the senior-level Specialist is responsible for strategic planning in order to meet project goals, along with ensuring all reporting and study milestones are met including study activation, recruitment targets, management of regulatory materials, and sponsor requirements. This position also requires the candidate to be responsive to sub-investigators and scientific oversight committees.

The ideal candidate has meticulous organizational skills, the ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team, the ability to multitask, and a positive attitude. Impeccable written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is the ability the think independently and make quick decisions.

About Us

The position affords the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned experts in the field of Parkinson’s disease and to be immersed in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment. The successful candidate will gain exposure to many different facets of managing clinical research studies, and has the chance to undergo tremendous technical and conceptual growth in various areas of interest such as novel computer technology, grant administration, writing, and professional communication.

Characteristics of a successful candidate
• A strong work ethic and solid organizational and time management skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, excellent command of the English language, and the ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact
• A professional demeanor and the ability to develop and maintain long-term business relationships
• Clear and concise communicator with study subjects and extended study team
• Ability to effectively prioritize projects and meet the demands of a fast-paced and dynamic work environment
• Capacity to cultivate relationships with multiple stakeholders at various levels of administration
• Adaptable to quickly changing priorities
• In-depth critical thinking skills to evaluate issues and identify a potential solution
• A background in Parkinson’s disease or related disorders and/or experience in clinical research are preferred

Preferred Qualifications
• At least three years of experience in project/program coordination, preferably in a clinical research setting or equivalent
• Proven project management skills and study leadership required
• Experience in preparing human subjects protocols
• Familiarity with budgeting
• Working knowledge of neurology, epidemiology, and/or Parkinson’s disease
• Familiarity with online data collection

Required Qualifications
• Education and experience:
• Specialists appointed at the Assistant rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five years of experience in the relevant specialization
• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or five to ten years of experience in the relevant specialization
• Specialists appointed at the Full rank must possess a PhD (or equivalent degree or ten or more years of experience in the relevant specialization
• Self-motivated, positive attitude, strong-attention to detail
• Must have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and administrative skills
• Excellent computer skills

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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Job Location: San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)