WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

  • Research Contract Specialist

    Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/11/2018 3:28 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Research Contract Specialist supports the Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) through oversight of contracts and agreements associated with clinical trials, grant funded research, and other research and compliance activities related to regulated human subjects research and animal research. The Research Contract Specialist is responsible for the initial review and negotiation of Clinical Trial Agreements, Confidential Disclosure Agreements, Financial Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements and other grant specific agreements. The Specialist will facilitate dissemination of contract related information to other staff by direct communication and maintenance of a master file of all contracts related to the Center for Clinical Research and other grants managed by SPA, and by actively educating faculty and staff in proper use of SPA services.



    • Serve as primary point of contact for study sponsors for issues relating to contracts and agreements, both during negotiation and throughout the performance period of the agreement.
    • Perform legal review of Clinical Trial Agreements and other agreements for compliance with WMed policies and standards
    • Negotiate contract language with external entities in the best interest of WMed in compliance with WMed policies and applicable laws and regulations.
    • Drafts and adapts agreements as necessary to support WMed sponsored programs.
    • Prepare, review and maintain Financial Agreements, Practice Agreements and Consulting agreements for collaboration with local physicians, medical facilities, vendors and professionals.
    • Provide status updates for ongoing and upcoming research projects at staff meetings and as necessary to collaborating staff.
    • Interact with clinical and finance staff to ensure that contract language is congruent with informed consent language, billing practices, standard operating procedures, standard of care etc.
    • Maintains current knowledge of relevant procedures, guidelines, laws etc. that apply to sponsored programs conducted at WMed. Actively educates faculty, staff, residents and students as appropriate in these requirements as well as in the terms, conditions and obligations found in specific agreements.
    • Leads development of contract related policies, templates and guidance documents. Assists supervisor in the development of new policies, guidelines and forms for departmental policies and procedures.
    • Availability to work occasional overtime on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.
    • Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.
    • All other duties as assigned.


    • Requires Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of relevant research or healthcare related contract experience
    • Preferred, Juris Doctorate and 1 year of relevant research or healthcare related contract experience
    • In-depth understanding of clinical trials and the operations of an investigative site
    • Requires proficiency with Microsoft Office
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to effectively interface with sponsors
    • Ability to improvise and negotiate
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Experience with grant-funded research preferred
    • Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow
    • Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision


    About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


    As a newer US medical school, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. Planning for the new medical school began in 2008 and achieved full accreditation of the MD program by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2018, and candidate status for institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2016.  The school welcomed its inaugural class in August 2014, and is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenue, research activity, tuition, and endowment income. The home of the new medical school includes the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine Clinics, a modern 60,000-square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus, and a 350,000-square foot educational building in downtown Kalamazoo located on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. The building, donated by MPI Research, underwent a $68 million renovation and expansion project, including a 24,000 state-of-the-art Simulation Center. In 2016, an additional $10 million expansion created two floors supporting clinical and laboratory research, and the medical school acquired the Innovation Center, a 69,000-square foot, purpose-built incubator and co-working space, located on the Parkview Campus.


    There are more than 200 residents and fellows in nine residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for continuing medical education.


    Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. At the other end of the educational continuum, the Kalamazoo Ready 4s program ensures that every 4-year-old in Kalamazoo County has the opportunity to attend a high-quality pre-kindergarten program, regardless of ability to pay. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

    EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.


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