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Vaibhav Sahai, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Division of Hematology and Oncology

C412 Med Inn Building

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Phone: 734-936-4991

Job Summary

Highly motivated individual sought for a research area specialist associate position in a translational research laboratory in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, at the University of Michigan Health System. The candidate will serve as a clinical research coordinator (CRC) and will work closely with the principal investigator.


Coordinate daily study operations. Independently, manage large amounts of data for data entry, extraction, and quality checks; and maintenance of large clinical and research databases. Assist with data analyses and prepare reports of completed projects for publications in technical journals, applied or theoretical research activities, or a government agency. Work with faculty and staff to efficiently manage multiple data capturing systems. Create and organize data into easily manageable spreadsheets, tables and graphs for periodic presentations to study staff and investigators and for regulatory bodies including NIH and IRBMED. Act as liaison and independently problem solve with various other entities including IRBMED, bioinformatics, Cancer Center Informatics and MICHR. Work closely with research team members and study associates as needed. Responsible for operation of a specialized area with one or more faculty members or managers within a recognized unit. Operates with considerable latitude in unreviewed actions or decisions. May act as liaison with other departments, divisions and organizations.
Develops, designs, and conducts one or more small or moderately complex research projects according to plan; reviews progress and evaluates results. Formulates research methods and suggests options for improving quality, identifies potential problems, recommends and implements solutions. Consults with users to refine or adapt methodologies to fit research requirements; collaborates in development of new techniques and instruments. Develops & designs intervention and biobank collection protocols and criteria; determine interview procedures. Gathers data, supervises data collection and verification, with oversight for literature reviews. Performs data analysis and interprets results.

Will be responsible for patient recruitment, including pre-screening patient medical records, calling or interviewing potential subjects face-to-face to confirm eligibility, and consenting for the above studies after exercising professional judgment on whether subjects meet inclusion and exclusion criteria, making sure that they both understand and are capable of adhering to study requirements. Schedule and oversee subject visits, which involve the administration of surveys in person or by telephone, obtaining of medical histories, and collection of biological specimens. Responsibility for the management of all subject records and documentation and the maintenance of a secure database created to house this information. Monitoring subjects for safety and compliance with protocols and for the analysis of patient data. Effectively communicate with the IRB for clinical study approvals, amendments, and continuations. Support a busy clinical research program. Coordinate multiple clinical studies - budget preparation, IRB application and reporting of adverse events, review medical records, recruit patients, screen patients for eligibility, follow patients in the study, monitor side effects, review test results, enter data into case record forms (hard copy and electronic), reconcile study expenses, communicate and negotiate with study sponsor, IRB, investigational pharmacy, patients, referring doctors, and Michigan Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) team.

Additional work related tasks, similar to but not specifically outlined above, may be needed in position and while study continues to progress.

Required Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree is required, at least 1 year of experience in clinical research including recruitment, IRB applications, and/or budget preparation, familiarity with EPIC/MiChart is strongly preferred. Essential to be proficient in computer programs including Microsoft Office. Good interpersonal communication skills. Individual must be organized, attentive to detail, motivated to learn, possess time management skills, and be capable of functioning independently.

Desired Qualifications*

Knowledge of regulatory requirements with prior experience as study coordinator preferred. Experience with clinical data capturing systems or similar databases. Past experience with confidential and sensitive health information for data entry and management. Background or prior courses/experience in statistical methodology preferred. Laboratory experience with sample handling/processing is not mandatory but preferred.

Additional Information

This is a term-limited appointment.  This position is funded until August 2018, with the possibility of renewal.  If the appointment is not renewed, the appointment will terminate and will not be eligible for Reduction in Force (RIF) benefits. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.