Clinical Research Specialist

  • The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Dec 28, 2018
Full time Healthcare

Job Description

D.C.-based health and research nonprofit organization seeks a professional with at least five years of clinical research experience and a strong interest in plant-based nutrition to help run clinical research trials. Possessing a medical doctor (MD) or a PhD credential is preferred.

About the Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is dedicated to saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research. Our vision is to create a healthier world through a new emphasis on plant-based nutrition, and scientific research conducted ethically, without using animals. We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, our website, and Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.

About the Clinical Research Team

Through a strategically planned series of clinical trials and meta-analyses, the Physicians Committee is building the foundation of research on the power of plant-based diets that is needed by policymakers who are considering nutrition recommendations. Innovative research studies prove the power of dietary interventions. In the process, they grab the attention of the press and the public and influence the policies of government agencies and health organizations, ultimately altering eating habits. The result can be a revolution in health and a dramatic drop in consumption of disease-promoting products like meat and dairy products. Our research team is skilled in conducting, publishing, and presenting nutrition studies and making their findings accessible to the public. We have conducted key research studies that have established the power of nutrition to improve diabetes, lipid disorders, weight management, chronic pain, and other conditions. Our NIH-funded research proved the power of plant-based diets for type 2 diabetes, leading to the acceptance of this approach by the American Diabetes Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and to a series of PBS television programs that brought this method to millions of people.

We aim to increase our investment in research on plant-based diets and to use our findings to influence scientific understanding, medical practice, public policy, and public awareness.

About this Career Opportunity

The Clinical Research Specialist will be a key contributor to the clinical research team’s efforts to design, plan, conduct, and publish clinical research studies on the effect of plant-based diets on health.

Specific duties include:

  • Obtain and maintain approval from independent review boards and facilitate compliance with ethical and regulatory standards
  • Oversee interactions with human research participants i.e. recruitment, enrollment, interventions, ongoing support, etc.
  • Oversee data collection, analysis and reporting; maintain confidentiality of source documents, records, and samples
  • Write manuscripts and submit for publication in peer-reviewed medical journal
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on the effects of plant-based diets on health
  • Perform literature reviews for publication and internal use

This is a full-time position located at the Physicians Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Friendship Heights on Metro’s Red Line). This role requires the ability and willingness to periodically work early mornings (starting at 6 a.m.), evenings, and weekends.

Who We’re Looking For

We are looking for team players with at least five years of clinical research experience, a strong interest in plant-based nutrition, and excellent attention to detail. Possessing a medical doctor (MD) or a PhD credential is preferred. If you share these qualities and are passionate about the Physicians Committee's mission to advance the field of plant-based nutrition, we'd like to hear from you.

How to Apply

In your cover letter, please tell us about your interest in our mission, your related work experience and your professional goals. Click here to apply online. We look forward to hearing from you! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Area of Focus

Nutrition and Health

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