Research Assistant I/40 Hours/ Day / Psychiatry
Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

Boston, Massachusetts

General Summary:

Through the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Psychiatry, the Supportive Care Research Program (SCRP) is seeking a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator to join a multidisciplinary team. Working with a diverse group of psychiatrists, psychologists, palliative care clinicians, advanced practice nurses, nurse care managers, and other specialists, the clinical research coordinator will assist with collaborative studies in supportive care (interventions and care aimed at improving the quality of life of individuals with serious or life-threatening illness). The focus for this position will be to help coordinate a range of supportive care projects and clinical trials.

The clinical research coordinator will assume responsibility for study coordination. This role includes: recruiting patients in both inpatient units and outpatient clinics; administering screening instruments, interviews, and surveys with patients; managing data; corresponding with the Internal Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory groups; assisting with preparation of manuscripts, protocols, and grants; and completing other special projects in collaboration with principal investigators.

Interested applicants should include an up-to-date résumé or curriculum vitae and a cover letter outlining how their interests and experiences would make them a good fit for this position.

Principal Duties and Responsiblitlies:

  • Managing multiple studies and maintaining comprehensive knowledge of study procedures
  • Verifying patient eligibility for studies via medical record reviews
  • Recruiting patients for study participation and obtaining informed consent
  • Coordinating study visits with patients and oncology or other care providers
  • Managing inquiries (via phone, email) and educating study participants regarding study protocols
  • Mailing study information to study participants
  • Performing data collection (e.g., face-to-face surveys, chart reviews, interviews) and data quality assurance checks
  • Monitoring study inventory and purchasing supplies
  • Maintaining study data using REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) or other programs
  • Maintaining study participant records as part of record keeping function
  • Preparing study reports, annual reviews, and Institutional Review Board documentation
  • Monitoring and evaluating protocol compliance with internal and external regulatory bodies to ensure adherence to practical and ethical guidelines
  • Assisting with data analysis and preparation of manuscripts and conference presentations
  • All other duties as assigned

  • Qualifications
    • A bachelor's degree is required, preferentially focusing in the social or health sciences. This is an ideal position for individuals interested in applying to graduate or medical school.
    • Qualified applicants should have a willingness and ability to learn about conducting studies in diverse medical settings, be able to work independently, have excellent communication and organizational skills, and have an interest in working with people with serious illnesses (often with poor prognoses).
    • Additionally, qualified applicants should be comfortable working in a team-oriented environment, often reporting to multiple principal investigators and collaborating with other clinical research coordinators. Ideal candidates will have an attention to detail, the ability to handle fluctuating priorities and deadlines, and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. While not mandatory, proficiencies in analysis software (e.g., SPSS, NVivo) and skills in statistical programming are beneficial.
    • Previous experience in research is preferred. A background or interest in psychology, medicine, nursing or public health is preferred, but not required.

    Skills and Abilities:
    • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with study participants.
    • Strong time management skills for ensuring implementation of several concurrent studies.
    • Good oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently day-to-day.
    • Knowledge of computer programs, databases, etc.
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
    • Careful attention to detail.
    • High degree of computer literacy
    • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to independently resolve problems
    • Working knowledge of data management software and procedures
    • Working knowledge of clinical research protocols and Good Clinical Practice
    • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects rights and individual needs.

    EEO Statement
    Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will recieve consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.

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