Duties and Responsibilities
The CRUK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre (CTC) is a Research Department in the Cancer Institute at UCL. The CTC is responsible for the development, design and conduct of clinical trials to evaluate new approaches to the treatment or early detection of cancer. It is one of the largest cancer trials centres in the UK, conducting predominantly multicentre phase II and III trials; as well as large-scale cancer screening studies, and observational studies. There is an expanding portfolio of phase I, II and feasibility studies, some with biological endpoints, and most trials now include a translational research component. The CTC is conducting over 110 national/international trials (ongoing/in set-up) with over 100 staff, involving the recruitment of several thousand patients. The CTC Director is Jonathan Ledermann, Professor of Medical Oncology at UCL.
The CTC portfolio is divided into 4 trial groups, each led by a Trials Group Lead (TGL).: Haematological/Brain; Gastrointestinal, Head & Neck, Prostate and Sarcoma; Gynaecological/Lung; and Advanced Therapies. These groups reflect the type of work currently undertaken, however, as the CTC works flexibly these groups and divisions may evolve over time.
We are looking to appoint a Senior Trials Coordinator (STC) for the Advanced Therapies group to manage our increasing number of trials. The STC is responsible for managing a portfolio of trials; ensuring that they are conducted according to the protocol, GCP and relevant regulations, and to planned timelines. The STC has line management responsibility for Trial Coordinators and Data Managers and is expected to ensure that members of his/her team are appropriately trained and supported to carry out their roles effectively.
The STC works closely with the TGL to develop new trials, deal with issues in ongoing trials, manage the workload of the team, and assess working practices of the team to inform changes to improve communication, efficiency and quality.
This is a high-level post, and candidates should have considerable experience in conducting and managing clinical interventional trials. The majority of studies at the CTC involve evaluating investigational medicinal products, therefore the postholder will have sufficient knowledge and experience in these particular studies.
The post is funded for one year in the first instance.
The postholder will have a medical, nursing or life-sciences degree, and preferably a relevant post-graduate degree. They should also have considerable experience of conducting clinical trials, including developing protocols and other trial-related documents, site set-up, monitoring trial progress, preparing databases for analysis, and trial close down. Experience of conducting CTIMPs (and ideally ATIMPs), preparing trial-related contracts and submissions to MHRA, REC and R&D is essential.
The postholder will also have experience of supervising staff (including staff motivation, monitoring performance, staff appraisals and recruitment). Previous experience of working in an academic Clinical Trials Unit would be advantageous.
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1 Mar 2021
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