Clinical Research Associate

Clinical · Seattle, Washington
Department Clinical
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level




Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases.  We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapeutics with novel mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways. Our development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and defined and rapid clinical development opportunities.  Our lead program, atrasentan, is a late-stage clinical program for the treatment of primary glomerular diseases, which is planned to move into a phase 3 registrational trial for IgA nephropathy and a phase 2 basket trial for glomerular diseases, both in early 2021. We are also evaluating BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, in a phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy, and are advancing CHK-336 towards a planned IND in 2021 for an ultra-orphan kidney disease.  In addition, our pipeline has several other preclinical programs at the validation and lead optimization stages, and we are also evaluating business development opportunities for early and late-stage clinical assets to enhance the pipeline. 


Chinook launched in 2019 with a $65 million Series A financing from leading healthcare investors Versant Venture, Apple Tree Partners and Samsara Biocapital.  In October 2020, we merged with Aduro Biotech, Inc. and completed a $115 million financing with leading healthcare investors, including EcoR1, Orbimed and others.  Chinook now has over $275 million in operating capital and trades on Nasdaq under the ticker “KDNY”.  The company has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.




As an important member of Chinook’s Clinical Operations team, the Clinical Research Associate (CRA) role is primarily responsible for supporting early to late stage study and site management activities. Reporting to the Associate Director, Clinical Trial Management or above, this is a Seattle and primarily office-base position.


 Responsibilities include:


  • Partner with the Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) and other study team members to support key study activities
  • Ensure conduct of clinical trial activities in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and all applicable regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials
  • Help institute and maintain study tracking tools, including the Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS)
  • Review essential regulatory documents according to SOP and follow up on any issues to closure
  • Help establish, maintain, and review the Trial Master File (TMF)
  • Review site modified Informed Consent Forms and ensure appropriately routed and approved
  • Track and report out on study and site status
  • Support and conduct various site monitoring and vendor oversight activities
  • Perform data cleaning activities as assigned
    • Data listing and patient profile review
    • Issue and follow up on data queries
  • Contribute to management and accountability of Investigational Product and other trial supplies
  • Support management and tracking of research specimen samples
  • Support site, CRO, and internal requests for access to vendor systems
  • Participate in and support study team meetings and related activities
  • Assist with preparation and follow up of internal process audits, vendor, and study site quality audits, as well as regulatory authority inspections
  • May mentor and help train junior team members including Clinical Trial Assistants
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive team-focused company culture


Education, Experience, and Skills:


  • 3 years of relevant clinical trial management experience
  • BA/BS or equivalent
  • Knowledge and awareness of CFR, GCP/ICH, and HIPAA requirements
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
  • Highly organized
  • Approachable and responsive
  • Quickly learns new skills and acquires knowledge
  • Comfortably shifts gears
  • Maintains two-way dialog with others on work and results
  • Is a clear communicator
  • Energized by challenges



Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.

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