Research Assistant II / 40 Hour / Day / BWH Channing Division Of Network Medicine

Brigham And Women's Hospital Boston , MA 02298

Posted 8 months ago


The research assistant (RA) will work on recruitment and testing of subjects for several studies focused on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including studies of genetic factors influencing the development of COPD.

He/she will perform a full scope of responsibilities including: participant recruitment, scheduling subject visits, quality control, and data management. Will complete study specific protocols to collect data within various environments including both in-hospital visits and distant travel to participant homes throughout the U.S. Will also be responsible for ongoing training / support of other field technicians and assist in study recruitment at other clinical centers.

This position will also possibly act as the spirometry technician for home visits with Boston-area participants. In addition, it will require administrative tasks like IRB amendments and participant reimbursements.

The RA will work closely with faculty members to implement new field protocols and data collection tools, and will be responsible for the efficient flow and quality-control of data during both the collection and data analysis stages. The RA will work closely with the principal investigators, other professional staff, and all supporting staff. Interprets study results in conference with other researchers.


  • Recruit study participants by personal interview and phone. Facilitate the ascertainment of and review of medical records for participants. Enroll subjects into the studies independently as well as examine enrollment carried out by research assistants at multiple research centers. Must have sensitivity to complex medical and psychological problems of potential study participants.

  • Maintain hard copies of forms in a readily-available, organized format. Maintain quality control and quality assurance of all data collected.

  • Document all study procedures to maintain an accurate, comprehensive record of how a study is conducted.

  • Provide support for the development of strategic recruitment plans for maintaining clinical research participant enrollment.

  • Work with the lab supervisor in the processing and management of specimens collected. Confirm all results received from outside labs and update the database.

  • Communicate with various providers in BWH to implement study-specific procedures including radiologists, radiology technicians, PFT technicians, physicians, and phlebotomists.

  • Perform data entry of questionnaires and data management using computer programs including ACCESS.

  • Complete field protocol independently at visits including administration of a questionnaire, pulmonary function testing, and collection of blood samples. Must keep accurate documentation of all study procedures. Inform investigators when test results appear abnormal or when a participant may need to be referred to a doctor. Must have excellent independent problem-solving abilities for problems which develop during field-testing. Perform additional clinical measurements as needed.

  • Coordinate reimbursement of study participants.

  • Maintain established department policies, procedures, objectives, quality assurance, safety, environmental and infection control for all aspects of field and laboratory operations. Performs all other duties/responsibilities as directed.

  • Maintain current recruiting and enrollment estimates for each protocol, reporting to principal investigators regularly.

  • Work with faculty to oversee the use of project funds, equipment, and supplies. Investigate and make recommendations for appropriate equipment and supplies to be purchased for new protocols.

  • Track IRB submissions (amendments, violations, annual reviews)


  • BS/BA degree in biological/physical/social science required.

  • At least one year of research experience in epidemiological and/or research laboratory environment required; 3-5 years of related experience preferred.

  • 1-2 years experience with computers including word processing, spreadsheet applications, and database management.

  • Must own or have access to a car, must have a valid driver's license.

  • Phlebotomy experience necessary.

  • EMT certification desired.


  • Must have a high level of professionalism and integrity and consistently display solid judgment in a non-supervised setting.

  • Must positively and professionally represent the Hospital and Healthcare Centers in all client interactions.

  • Must have ability to work independently.

  • Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to coordinate the activities of others. Must be able to set priorities and manage staff over a wide range of activities.

  • Must possess excellent organizational skills.

  • Must be willing to make phone calls and perform study visits in the evenings and on weekends to ensure maximum recruitment effort.

  • Must be willing to travel regionally, nationally, and potentially internationally to perform study visits.

  • Must be computer proficient. Experience in database management and Microsoft Office preferred.

  • Phlebotomy experience required.


Main office is the Channing Division of Network Medicine at 181 Longwood Avenue, which is a normal office environment. Occasional visits across the US for subject enrollment and visits. Will include travel to study participants' homes within New England using his/her personal car, and throughout the continental US (for brief trips). Will also include the Outpatient Clinical Research Center and normal laboratory environment.

Will handle biological fluids, including blood samples, under controlled conditions.

Will require some evening and weekend travel and telephone calls.

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