Job Description

Clinical Research Pharmacist

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm

Job Summary:

Research Pharmacist functions as an essential member of a multidisciplinary clinical research team and is responsible for managing investigational products as well as clinical research trails under the general supervision of the Clinical Research Manager.

Job responsibilities:

* Provides safe, ethical and compliant provision of Investigational Products (IPs) and other medications to research subjects enrolled in clinical trials within CTCA.

* Evaluates study protocols to determine appropriate resources and materials needed to satisfy study requirements.

* Retrieves, interprets, and assists in the monitoring, evaluation, and implementation of IPs and medication orders; performs complex procedures and pharmaceutical calculations, taking into account research protocol, patient, and IPs characteristics.

* Dispenses and administers IPs and other medications (in the context of patient education on the proper use or delivery of medications).

* Performs drug regimen reviews (taking into account clinical trial protocol, patient, and IPs characteristics) including evaluation of drug orders and patient records for known allergies; drug or potential therapy contraindications; reasonable dose, duration of use, and route of administration, taking into consideration factors such as age, gender, and contraindications; reasonable directions for use; potential or actual adverse drug reactions; drug-drug interactions; drug-food interactions; drug-disease contraindications; therapeutic duplication; patient laboratory values when authorized and available; proper utilization and optimal therapeutic outcomes.

* Responsible for patient counseling (obtaining a medication history; acquiring patient's allergies and health conditions; facilitation of patient's understanding of the intended use of IPs and other medications; proper directions for use; significant potential adverse events; potential food-drug interactions; the need to be compliant with the medication therapy).

* Responsible for compounding, labeling, proper and safe receipt, storage and inventory maintenance of Investigational Products (IPs), and maintenance of required records according to federal, state, and local regulations.

* Collaborates with internal partners (principal investigators and research personnel) and external partners (pharmaceutical industry and government personnel) to address the comprehensive logistics of clinical trials implementation within CTCA.

* Works effectively in a cross-functional environment to provide comprehensive care to research subjects.

* Prepares and follows internal SOPs and carefully follows corporate guidelines and conventions providing quality pharmacy services.

* Assists as needed in preparing reports for company management, study sponsors, and regulatory agencies.

* Recruits and screens prospective subjects to determine eligibility and enrolls eligible subjects in clinical trials.

* Executes informed consent process including appropriate discussions to: educate subjects about the study protocol and test article(s); explains the rights of research subjects; answers subjects’ questions; and obtains written documentation of voluntary consent.

* Coordinates research subject care (clinic appointments, laboratory schedules, procedures, etc.) to ensure protocol compliance.

* Monitors subjects for adverse events through analysis of clinical reports, laboratory and imaging results, and subject interviews.

* Supports research initiatives including preparation of grant applications, conducting retrospective research, preparation of manuscripts, and poster and oral presentations at scientific conferences.

* Provide training to PhD, PharmD, and MD students through practical and didactic experiences.

* Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy or PharmD degree from an accredited pharmacy school

  • Licensed to practice pharmacy in the State of Illinois or must obtain within 90 days of hire date

  • Certification through SoCRA, ACRP, or other reputable entity within 3 years of employment

  • Human Subjects Protection training/certification within 30 days of employment

  • BCOP certification through the appropriate certifying program (Board of Pharmacy Specialties, etc.)

  • Minimum of 2 years of research experience

  • Basic Oncology class within 1 year of employment (if necessary).


  • 3+ years of experience working with clinical trials (preference will be given to candidates with the pharmaceutical industry experience and academia)

  • 3+ years of clinical oncology experience

  • Certification through Society of Clinical Research Associates, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, or other reputable entity

We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

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