Duke University Job Description:


Job Code: 1966 


Job Level: 93 

Revised Date: 04/01/2023  

Job Family: JF 28 

Occupational Summary

Rewrite, edit, or design graphics for presentations of clinical research data. Prepare for publication scientific reports, education materials, manuals, product or drug brochures and literature and revise existing literature. Develop and implement communication strategies essential to the management of clinical research projects conducted by Principal Investigators here at Duke and for the promotion of Duke's clinical research expertise to pharmaceutical companies, device companies, biotechnology companies, and other medical organizations.

Work Performed

Develop and implement communications strategies essential to the management of clinical trials research projects conducted by Principal Investigators.

Develop the identity of clinical research projects including creation of a logo, selection of typefaces, and layout of materials.

Create patient educational materials and in service materials that comply with the identity of a clinical research project.

Rewrite, edit, and/or design graphics for the presentation of clinical research data i.e. manuscripts on clinical studies and scientific reports, brochures, manuals, literature, and training materials for individuals involved in conducting a specific clinical trial.

Design guidelines and style sheets for in servicing slide sets for clinical research project start up.

Use these guidelines and style sheets to create presentations that convey the results of clinical research projects to healthcare professionals at major national and international conference.

Assure that presentations are understandable and that data are presented in a professional way.

Assist in implementing communications strategies that promote Duke clinical research services to pharmaceutical companies, device companies, biotechnology companies, and other medical organizations.

Assist other Communications Specialists in creating materials that will promote Duke's clinical research services to outside sources using existing standards.

Assist Principal Investigators and Project Leaders in the development of communications plans, timelines, and processes for clinical research studies; contribute to the ongoing communications strategy to reflect the modification of protocols as appropriate.

Provide assistance to other Communications Specialists, fellows, and faculty in conveying data clearly for manuscripts, abstracts, and poster and oral presentations.

Work with other Communications Specialists to create materials that will promote Duke Clinical Research to outside sources by writing, editing, and executing the design of point of service displays, direct mail pieces, and interactive products. (Outside sources are pharmaceutical companies, device companies, biotechnology companies, and other medical organizations.)

Confer with Clinical Trial Project Leaders and Principal Investigators to explain communications protocol and to elicit compliance with communications plans; identify potential problems and/or inconsistencies and take action as appropriate.

Assist other Communications Specialists and your organizations Senior Leadership to develop effective internal and external communications.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires a bachelor's degree in English, journalism, graphic design, or related field.



Two years of clinical trial communications experience.






The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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