NYGC is seeking an Ethnicity and Cancer Scholar to play a major role in the conduct and coordination of clinical research related to racial disparities in cancer. The Scholar will serve as co-PI on the Polyethnic-1000 project, be part of its Steering Committee, participate in strategic decision-making for the program, lead the operational management of the project, and act as a liaison between the Center and collaborating institutions. The role will be a co-appointment (50%) between the NYGC and a local academic health center, with salary support to be determined based on the credentials of the selected candidate. The Ethnicity and Cancer Scholar will report to the Senior Scientific Director, Cancer Genomics and will have the Clinical Research Coordinator as a direct report. The Ethnicity and Cancer Scholar will lead the coordination with participating P-1000 sites and work closely with an inter-institutional team of scientific and administrative staff to manage the study-related activities at the NYGC. The Ethnicity and Cancer Scholar will participate in day to day oversight of Polyethnic-1000 activities, working closely with all P-1000 sites, NYGC Project Management, the P-1000 Clinical Research Coordinator, the NYGC Clinical Lab, NYGC Computational Biology, and NYGC Leadership. The candidate will be engaged in all aspects of the Polyethnic-1000 Program, including grant and protocol development and oversight, and budget management.
In consultation with the P-1000 Principal Investigators, the Steering Committee, and other NYGC senior team members, the Scholar will:
- Contribute to strategic decision-making for the Polyethnic-1000 study, in conjunction with the Principal Investigator(s), Steering Committee, and NYGC Leadership. This includes the development of accurate, feasible and comprehensive timelines, budget, metrics and deliverables; maintenance of a master protocol, quality standards and metrics; and overseeing the development of a data analysis and sharing plan;
- Engage with and visit clinical sites to provide study information, discuss the study protocol, develop a site, patient and sample sourcing strategy, review site feasibility, perform enrollment forecasts, and work with area partners with patients to continuously optimization and troubleshoot project workflow;
- Oversee the clinical annotation of samples in RedCap;
- Provide support to the NYGC Clinical Laboratory on review and return of results to clinicians;
- Engage with clinical and research sites to set up a patient and community outreach working group;
- Together with the P-1000 Project Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator, and Steering Committee ensure that the study protocol remains updated and compliant;
- With support from the Steering Committee, identify and engage funding agencies and apply to grants to support P1000, including participating as an investigator on new grant applications;
- Provide leadership and oversight to the Clinical Research Coordinator and Project Management on activities such as:
- writing the Polyethnic-1000 multi-site master protocol, in conjunction with the PI(s), consulting other internal teams to ensure that it is robust and accurate;
- quality control of specimen procurement;
- training community hospital staff in the protocol, including consent and sample collection to ensure quality and data integrity;
- writing SOPs, workflows and study documentation in line with the IRB to facilitate patient sample collection and processing, and other project processes;
- providing metrics for project oversight;
- contributing to progress reports, as required by funders;
- Provide NYGC’s senior leadership regular reports on Polyethnic-1000 progress, input on project prioritization, plans of action for managing backlogs, and involve leadership in key project decision-making.
- Communicate across the consortium as needed and maintain strong relationships with academic investigators and clinicians at partner and community hospitals.
- Provide at least 50% effort to this project, for a period of at least 2 years, while continuing to maintain some activities at their home institution.