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Cedars-Sinai Clinical Research Associate I - Smidt Heart Institute - Cheng Lab in Los Angeles, California

The Institute for Research on Health Aging conducts multi-disciplinary research that prioritizes translating new research discoveries into pragmatic interventions aimed at promoting healthy aging across diverse populations. Our approach involves human physiology, cohort, and clinical trial studies and our team includes established experts in population, clinical, translational, basic, and data science.

As our Clinical Research Associate I, you will work under the direction of Institute leadership to assist with coordinating and implementing clinical research studies. Will assist with collecting, cleaning, organizing, and managing research data through a variety of activities that may include direct engagement with study participants, medical chart review, survey instrument development and implementation, conducting biophysical measures, processing of biosamples, and literature review. All team members receive the opportunity to learn and develop clinical research skills. Many team members will have the opportunity to contribute as potential authors on research manuscripts published in medical journals. Importantly, the successful candidate will participate in not only team building activities, but also formal and informal training opportunities designed to promote cross-areas skills development and personal career growth in preparation for further leadership roles.

  • Works with investigators to coordinate/implement clinical study protocols.

  • May evaluate and abstract clinical research data from source documents. Ensures compliance with protocol and overall clinical research objectives.

  • Completes Case Report Forms (CRFs).

  • May provide supervised contact with research participants or contact for long term follow-up of research participants.

  • Assists with regulatory submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and works closely with supervising research staff or directly with the Institutional Review Board to submit Adverse Events, Serious Adverse Events, and Safety Letters in accordance with local and federal guidelines.

  • Assists with clinical trial budgets.

  • Assists with patient research billing.

  • May schedule patients for research visits and research procedures.

  • May be responsible for sample preparation and shipping and maintenance of study supplies and kits.

  • Ensures compliance with all federal and local agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  • Maintains research practices using Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.

  • Maintains strict patient confidentiality according to HIPAA regulations and applicable law. Participates in required training and education programs.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree is required

License/Certification/Registration Requirements

  • Spanish language translator certification, preferred


  • Understanding of general clinical research objectives.

  • Prior training or experience in clinical research is preferred.

Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.