Experienced person to act as European Correspondent for Spain in the European Research Infrastructure Network

  • 25 marzo, 2024
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The Biomedical Research Institute of Malaga and Platform in Nanomedicine (IBIMA Plataforma BIONAND) is seeking an experienced person to act as European Correspondent for Spain in the European Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN, www.ecrin.org).

ECRIN Description:

ECRIN is a not for profit, public research organisation, supporting clinical research across Europe. It is connecting national clinical research networks (mainly academic clinical trial units (CTUs)), having the capacity to manage clinical trials on the national level. 

ECRIN provides information, consultations and operational clinical trial tasks and services to Sponsors and/or investigators of clinical trials initiated by academic investigators or SMEs.

ECRIN’s involvement covers all clinical trial activities, from study planning and preparation of grant application, to the set-up and conduct of multinational clinical trials in any disease area.

Most of the ECRIN-supported projects are funded by EU funding programmes.  

ECRIN is also developing tools, services to facilitate multinational clinical trials. 

Job description:

  • Providing advice and support to national investigators and sponsors wishing to develop European multinational studies through ECRIN, providing the key communication link with other ECRIN partners through the network of European Correspondents.
  • Providing support to foreign investigators and sponsors wishing to undertake clinical research studies in SPAIN ensuring that information relating to foreign studies is appropriately disseminated to national and international researchers.
  • Close collaboration with investigators to set up and develop clinical trials in the national territory.
  • Participating, as part of the ECRIN-ERIC Management Office, in the development and maintenance of ECRIN Quality Assurance systems, and regulatory knowledge facilitating the activity of the national representatives in the ECRIN activities.
  • Ensure that specific pieces of project work under the ECRIN initiative are introduced and completed successfully, in line with planned timelines, and contribute to these projects.
  • Ensure that ECRIN-ERIC activities and mission are communicated efficiently to other stakeholders in SPAIN Particularly the information should be timely distributed within the national partners ensuring that they have the opportunity to contribute to relevant initiatives on time.
  • Be required to work closely with other members of the national network, research stakeholders, SPAIN regulatory authorities, and any other relevant professional bodies/organisations. In addition, excellent external links will be required with ECRIN team (core group and other European correspondents in other countries).
  • Maintain within the national network in SPAIN a thorough understanding of the current clinical research regulatory environment; develop and maintain a good appreciation of the regulatory environment in other EU member states, particularly in relation to the interpretation and implementation of EU clinical trial legislation
  • Assist the Spain-specific Training and Education Team in identifying training needs and requirements of local network staff and clinical trials unit staff in relation to multinational clinical trials and regulatory and governance issues, and contribute to the development and delivery of training programmes as appropriate. 
  • Undertake any ad hoc initiatives as required by the ECRIN-ERIC Management office.

Minimum requirements:

  • University degree in Health or Life Science (preferably including Project Management qualification or equivalent experience
  • Excellent oral and written language fluency in both English and Spanish and communication skills (English will be the working language), at least B2 required. The job interview will be performed in part in English.
  • Availability to work in Málaga (Spain) with travels in France as appropriate, at the ECRIN-ERIC management office located in Paris, and in Europe.

Requirements and skills to be valued:

– Experience in International Clinical Research (0,5 points per year of experience, up to a maximum of 2 points)

– Experience in managing international R&D&I projects (0,5 points per year of experience, up to a maximum of 1 point)

– Experience in clinical trial coordination of at least 1 year including preparing applications to the Ethics Committee and Competent Authority (0,5 points for each year of additional experience, up to a maximum of 2 points)

– Training in Clinical Trials and Research (0,01 points per hour of training accredited by competent bodies, up to a maximum of 1 point)

– Knowledge of the ICH principles of Good Clinical Practice, the EU Clinical Trials Directive and relevant national regulations for research and clinical trials. (0,10 points per hour of training accredited by competent bodies, up to a maximum of 1 point)

The aforementioned requirements must be accredited by means of a certificate from a competent body or a responsible declaration.

The post is under the hierarchical responsibility of the Scientific Director of the Clinical Research and Clinical Trials Platform at IBIMA. The tasks listed above will be developed with the support and under the supervision of the current Spanish European Correspondent, with wide experience in the coordination of multinational studies and active participation in ECRIN activities. The European Correspondent shall work in close collaboration with the ECRIN Management Office (team based in Paris and European Correspondents based in country).

Contract information:

  • The post is full-time (35h. per week) according to Spanish law.
  • Type of contract: Permanent position*.

*Contrato de actividades científico – técnicas (art. 23 bis de la Ley de la Ciencia y Tecnología Ley 14/2011).

  • Category: Technician
  • Annual gross salary: 31.050,00€ (27.000,00€ + 4.050,00€ variable pay based on the performance of annual objectives)
  • Expected start date: April 2024
  • Expected duration: 24 months, renewable. This position will be subject to the role of IBIMA as the National Hub and the budget availability.
  • Place of employment: Virgen de la Victoria University Hospital / IBIMA Plataforma BIONAND

Presentation of applications:

The application must be delivered by email (indicating clearly in the Subject the reference code of the job offer REF: IJ_2024006) to the email address ope@ibima.eu

Deadline to receive applications: on April 4, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

Selection process:

  • Based on the points obtained in the merit assessment, at least the three best candidates will be selected to carry out a personal interview in which communication skills, aptitude for work and skills will be assessed, with a maximum of 3 points. Only those candidates who obtain at least 50% of the evaluable merit points will be eligible for the interview phase.
  • After the resolution of the position and in the event that the selected candidate resigns from the contract, the hiring table may decide to decide in favor of the next candidate according to the list of scores.

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