Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Coordinators oversee all aspects of a research study. They facilitate the ongoing conduct of the research which may mean screening participants, organising equipment, ensuring that protocols are met, maintaining data.
Clinical Research Coordinators collaborate closely with the scientists whose research they are coordinating to perform tasks such as:
• Apply for research grants and process applications for approval from ethics committees
• Evaluate research protocols, obtain materials and equipment necessary for the research, develop detailed research schedules, recruit and train staff
• Recruit research participants and organising activities such as taking samples and ensuring that they are properly stored
• Implement the research, collect and analyse data and produce reports or academic papers outlining the results and implications of the research
• Overall management of the administrative aspects of the project such as staffing and budgetary considerations as well as ensuring regulatory and ethics requirements are met.
Sectors and industries
Clinical Research Coordinators are typically employed by universities, hospitals, government and privately run research organisations and pharmaceutical development organisations.
Clinical research coordinators need very strong interpersonal, managerial and communications skills to foster a healthy and effective work environment. Being able to multitask and prioritize tasks will help you to succeed as a clinical research coordinator.
Clinical Research Coordinators need a degree in medical technology, microbiology, science, nursing or public health administration to gain an entry level position. Higher level positions require postgraduate qualifications such as PhD and experience with laboratory equipment and research procedures.