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Clinical Research Specialist - Hybrid Role in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization seeks a professional with a doctoral degree in medicine or public health, three or more years of clinical research experience, and a strong interest in plant-based nutrition to manage diet-related clinical research trials.

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. Innovative research studies prove the power of dietary interventions, 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 plant-based 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 ensure the clinical trial process runs smoothly during recruitment, assessments, and follow-up of the research study participants. Essential functions will include:

  • Manage Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process
  • Manage recruitment and enrollment of research participants
  • Manage research study participant assessments
  • Manage nutrition education classes for the research study participants

This is a full-time position that requires some work, such as participant assessments and participant education, to be performed at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Friendship Heights on Metro’s Red Line). Periodically, this involves early mornings (starting at approximately 6 a.m.), evenings (until approximately 7:30 p.m.), and weekends. Some work can be performed remotely from a location proximate to the office if desired.

The position level for this role is flexible and may be Specialist/Manager or Senior Specialist/Manager depending upon the candidate’s experience. Specialist/Manager salaries start at $61,300 and have a midpoint of $76,442. Senior Specialist/Manager salaries start at $67,749 and have a midpoint of $92,413. A salary offer will take into consideration the PhD education requirement, experience, and skills along with internal and external reference points. 

Who We’re Looking For

We are looking for a clinical research professional with a doctoral degree in medicine or public health, three or more years of clinical research experience and a strong interest in plant-based nutrition. If you have these qualifications and are passionate about the Physicians Committee's mission to advance the field of plant-based nutrition, we would like to hear from you.

How to Apply

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