Senior Clinical Research Associate (Sr. CRA)

Pliant Therapeutics

South San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Clinical Research
  • Post Date: 01/08/2021
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  • Company Address: 260 Littlefield Avenue, South San Francisco, CA, 94080

About Pliant Therapeutics

Pliant Therapeutics is focused on discovering, developing and commercializing breakthrough treatments for fibrotic diseases.

By harnessing the therapeutic potential of integrin biology and TGF-β modulation, Pliant aims to prevent or even reverse fibrosis to address the needs of many patients. The company also aims to build a patient registry for certain areas of fibrotic disease to both increase understanding of natural disease progression, and fuel biomarker discovery.

Job Description

Description:  Pliant Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies for fibrotic diseases.  Founded by Third Rock Ventures with world-renowned academic thought leaders, Pliant is raising the bar for progress to meet unmet medical needs for patients and physicians. The company’s focus is on mechanism-based intervention in the fibrotic process using small molecules.

Position Overview:  The Senior Clinical Research Associate (Sr. CRA) is responsible for assisting the Clinical Trial Manager in managing and/or leading the day-to-day operations of assigned study execution tasks to ensure completion per established project team goals and objectives.  The Sr. CRA will work closely with a cross-functional team in a fast-paced high growth environment team to ensure that clinical trials are conducted on time and budget, and in accordance with applicable GCP/ICH guidelines and other regulatory requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in preparation of vendor requirements and project scope and selection of study vendors.
  • Manage vendors to ensure timely and quality deliverables (e.g. central laboratory, imaging).
  • Provide study progress updates to CTM and other stakeholders; proactively identify and resolve issues that arise during study conduct; manage escalation of study-related issues.
  • Provide monitoring oversight through review of monitoring schedules, metrics and reports.
  • Participate in study monitoring visits, including CRA oversight visits.
  • Participate in and, if appropriate, facilitate cross-functional study execution team meetings; liaise with other functional areas to coordinate clinical study activities.
  • Implement appropriate systems, standards and processes to ensure quality at the level of investigative sites, vendors and data; maintain clinical study files per ICH guidance.
  • Develop study plans and participate in system set-up (e.g. UAT of EDC, IRT).
  • Participate in preparation and ensure operational excellence of protocol, CRF, CSR and other key study team deliverables.
  • Review clinical study plans, reports, and study metrics.
  • Participate in study feasibility assessments and selection of countries and sites for study conduct.
  • Participate in creation and conduct of study-specific training at investigator meetings.
  • All work must adhere to ICH Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines and comply with Pliant SOPs.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 6-9 years of experience working with CROs to manage clinical trials in US and ex-US.
  • Experience independently managing vendors (e.g. imaging, central lab, etc.).
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to set priorities and juggle multiple demands.
  • Able to think critically and be a proactive problem-solver.
  • Able to work independently while exercising initiative, flexibility and sound judgment.
  • Comfortable working with different levels of the company including senior level management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Ability to operate in alignment with Pliant’s values

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.