Clinical Research Associate I - Division of Thoracic Surgery and Health Equity

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

ID: 7099518 (Ref.No. 10016620)
Posted: June 20, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution.  AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities.  Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding.  We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

City of Hope has an outstanding opportunity for an independent and well-organized contributor to serve as a Clinical Research Associate to Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee (Division of Thoracic Surgery and Health Equity) in order to help investigate and ameliorate racial disparities in thoracic oncology.  Dr. Erhunmwunsee is a thoracic surgeon and health services researcher with a strong publication record.

As a Clinical Research Associate, you will be a vital member of a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Erhunmwunsee. Your role will consist of working on several funded translational and community-based projects. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Women and applications from under-represented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Manages an assigned set of clinical protocols for many clinical trials to ensure efficiency and regulatory compliance of the protocol with mentorship by experienced staff. Maintains a system for effective data flow associated with research protocols. Establishes and maintains constant interaction with study participants to assure completion of study activities, including attending clinic, as needed. Responsible for compilation, registration, and submission of data.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Conducts clinical trial protocol management for an assigned set of studies; participates in the development of protocols and coordinates the protocol review and approval process.
  • Maintains current and accurate protocol documentation, including regulatory documents for COH research review boards and state and federal regulatory agencies (e.g., IRB, DSMB, and PRMC/CPRMC); notifies investigators of pertinent protocol changes.
  • Assists with the recruitment and follow-up of study participants.
  • Works with physicians or nurses to ensure protocol-related tests and evaluations are ordered per protocol guidelines.
  • Establishes and maintains interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, and other hospital personnel, while assuring confidentiality of patient information.
  • Compiles and submits research data to data management centers, funding agencies, sponsors, and collaborators according to protocol requirements.
  • Identifies and communicates important protocol and data management issues or problem areas to the project manager.
  • Works with the project manager to ensure performance of appropriate levels of quality.
  • Participates in the development of final reports, abstracts, presentations, and manuscripts, as needed.
  • Attends and participates in meetings, including research lab meetings,  as required.
  • Provides staff relief as required to meet the needs of the department.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to maintain certification/licensure, and/or keep abreast of the latest trends in the field of expertise.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

  • Associate’s Degree.
  • Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements.
  • One-year experience working in a health care setting, preferably in research.

Preferred education experience and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Medical Record, Health Information Systems, clinical trials exposure, or related health field.

Additional Information:

  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.