Research Clinician

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Heluna Health
San Francisco, CA
Published 27 days ago

An integral member of the Center, the Research Clinician embodies two distinct roles. The first of these roles is clinician educator in the Center for Innovation in Academic Detailing on Opioids (CIAO;, a CDC- and CDPH-funded project that exists to provide technical assistance to public health departments across the country. As a clinician educator, you will focus on developing curricula and interactive trainings to support healthcare providers in delivering balanced approaches to care of patients with chronic pain or opioid use disorder. Along with conducting trainings, you will also keep the team up to date on the latest in evidence-based practices, design clinical content for online learning, and help organize national webinars on opioid-related topics.

Over the course of the first year, you will gradually assume additional responsibilities related to clinical care in the context of research trials. In you research clinician role, you will work directly with people who use substances, specifically, performing physical exams, screening for substance use disorders, doing phlebotomy, and overseeing staff to implement study and COVID-19 protocols. You will also aid in the supervision of research associate staff, process lab samples, dispense naloxone, and take vital signs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in other research activities (in close collaboration with the Principal Investigators), from grant writing, research design, and lab oversight, to implementation and management of studies and publication of results. You must be willing to work on a team and enjoy problem solving, as nearly all our studies are investigator-initiated and require local development of protocols. Days full of participant care are rare, allowing ample time to assist with other elements of the research or to engage in other professional development.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for additional experience in both clinical education and clinical research.

Please be sure to include a resume and cover letter describing your interest in this position.

This is a temporary, grant-funded, full time, benefited position. Employment is provided by Heluna Health. The start date for the position is flexible but as soon as possible is preferred. Salary will be based on experience.


As clinician educator:

  • Assist with and/or lead development of curricula addressing topics including opioid management, chronic pain, and substance use disorder management in clinical care
  • Deliver trainings to cohorts of professionals who will subsequently train other providers in an “academic detailing” model
  • Contribute to further development of the Center and its services.
  • Liaise with outside partners as needed
  • Contribute evidence-based clinical content to online learning modules, webinars and other presentations

As research clinician for the studies:

  • Assess eligibility of participants and ensure all criteria met for enrollment
  • Conduct medical and psychological screening and physical exams
  • Monitor the safety of enrolled participants including assessment of adverse events and reviewing all lab results 
  • Complete case report forms for study visits
  • Report all Serious Adverse Events to NIH, the DSMB and the UCSF IRB, as needed
  • Maintain strong relationships with study participants
  • Perform phlebotomy, processing and on-site testing of blood and urine specimens Ensure ordering, safe storage, dispensing, and documentation according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Provide appropriate referrals/resources for medical and psychosocial care, including for newly HIV-positive participants
  • Supervise clinical care of participants conducted by research associates
  • Share in pager call
  • Supervise the training of new staff in phlebotomy
  • Perform regulatory quality control activities, which may include: study drug log audits and temperature log monitoring
  • Participate in other aspects of initiating and conducting pharmacologic trials, including the following:
  • Actively contribute to grant and manuscript submissions: assist with literature review, provide support writing initial drafts of grant or manuscript sections, and provide detailed editing and proofreading of final drafts
  • Assist study coordinator in preparing submissions to the IRB, and Investigational New Drug (IND) applications or application waivers to the FDA
  • Create study documents and data collection tools 
  • Develop and implement study specific protocols 
  • Ensure adherence of study staff to study protocols, SOPs and the principles of GCP
  • Contribute to progress reports for the Data Safety Monitoring Board and for funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health
  • Communicate and problem-solve with outside agencies such as labs, pharmacies, study drug producers, and adherence tracking vendors. Ensure quality control of study data by performing quality control checks of the case report forms completed by study staff, assessing for completeness and accuracy and adherence to HIPAA rules and GCP
  • Correspond with study sponsor and research collaborators and participate in study conference calls as necessary
  • Assist with laboratory management, including ensuring proper specimen processing, ordering of supplies, and overseeing quality control checks of lab logs for urine tests, blood tests, and HIV tests

Participate in unit-wide or cross-unit operations including but not limited to:

  • Maintain unit-wide Participant Emergency Protocols and ensure adequate stocking of emergency supplies
  • Attend and actively participate in team meetings and cross-unit or department-wide meetings,
  • Participate in hiring processes as needed, including writing or revision of job descriptions, review of resumes, and participation in interview committees
  • Participate in training of new staff and provide ongoing training as needed
  • Assist coordinators in planning operational details for upcoming and/or proposed trials
  • Maintain licensures, relevant clinical expertise, and other required clinical and research certifications
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Clinical experience in substance use treatment, mental health, and/or HIV
  • Experience working with challenging participants, or participants with multiple medical and psychiatric diagnoses
  • Experience in clinical trials research desirable, but not required


  • Possession of either: valid California Registered Nurse and at least 2 years of experience in research or as a clinican trainer, or valid California Nurse Practitioner License and Nurse Practitioner Furnishing
  • Possession of valid BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification

Other Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to diverse communities, particularly communities of color, LGBT communities, and substance-using communities
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Phlebotomy skills, especially with people who inject drugs
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to handle a variety of tasks with a high degree of accuracy


Stand                                   Frequently

Walk                                    Frequently

Sit                                        Frequently

Handling / Fingering          Constantly

Reach Outward                 Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder     Occasionally

Climb, Crawl, Kneel, Bend Occasionally

Lift / Carry                            Occasionally – up to 50 lbs

Push/Pull                             Occasionally – up to 50 lbs

See                                       Constantly

Taste/ Smell                         Not Applicable

 Not Applicable                    Not required for essential functions

Occasionally                       (0 - 2 hrs/day)

Frequently                          (2 - 5 hrs/day)

Constantly                          (5+ hrs/day)


  • General Office Setting, Indoors Temperature Controlled
  • The employee is subject to blood-borne pathogen hazards


Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter for consideration.

Heluna Health is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages minorities, women, veterans, and disabled to apply.

All qualified applicants will be considered for this position in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance


It is the policy of Heluna Health to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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An integral member of the Center, the Research Clinician embodies two distinct roles. The first of these roles is clinician educator in the Center for Innovation in Academic Detailing on Opioids (CIAO;, a CDC- and CDPH-funded…

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    Full Time Schedule
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    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


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