Junior clinical research associates (CRAs) are responsible for completing clinical research and administrative tasks for their organization. They are in charge of facilitating documentation for clinical research as well. Junior CRAs monitor clinical tasks for correct functioning and completion, evaluate clinical data, and create reports based on findings. Additionally, junior CRAs interact with subjects, collaborate with other clinical professionals, monitor equipments' functioning, and provide necessary cleaning and maintenance for equipment when not in use. They gather documentation as needed and manage inventory distribution, as well as use a computer for data processing and report creation. Other tasks include researching article content and conducting data extraction and analysis. In all tasks, junior CRAs must follow strict laboratory and federal safety regulations, as well as maintain confidentiality and follow standard operating procedures. They also must report their progress to the clinical research leader in their department.
A bachelor's degree in a related field is generally the minimum educational requirement for this role; additional education may be required or preferred. Previous experience in a similar capacity is also necessary. Junior CRAs should be organized individuals that are able to prioritize assigned research objectives. They must have strong multitasking and communication skills, and they must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Junior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Tasks
- Educate study personnel about clinical study procedures and plans, ensuring adherence to all protocol.
- Evaluate, choose, establish, and conclude investigational sites for clinical studies.
- Work under a CRA to co-monitor clinical trials.
- Issue reports and suggestions for improvement to senior associates and managers.