Clinical Research Associate Job Description

A Clinical Research Associate manages clinical trials and studies relating to biotechnological and pharmaceutical products, procedures, and drugs. They conduct research to ensure these products are market-ready and safe to use.

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We are looking for an organized and experienced clinical research associate to oversee our clinical trials. The successful candidate will be responsible for training staff, developing trial protocols, establishing trial sites, and managing IP and trial materials.


Clinical research associates earn between $48,000 and $82,000 per year. The median salary for this position is $61,000 annually.


  • Computer skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to prioritize workload effectively.
  • Time management.
  • Leadership skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and present trial protocols to steering committee.
  • Identify and establish trial sites and close sites down upon trial completion.
  • Train new staff on therapeutic areas, proper source documentation, case report form completion, and protocol requirements.
  • Liaise with ethics committee.
  • Order, track, and manage IP and trial materials.
  • Oversee and document IP dispensing, inventory, and reconciliation.
  • Conduct regular site visits and write visit reports.
  • Coordinate project meetings.
  • Ensure compliance with SOPs and IHC and GCP guidelines and regulations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science or a similar field.
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a clinical research associate.
  • Knowledge of FDA regulations and their implementation.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and practices.
  • Valid driver’s license.
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