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Boston Medical Center Research Assistant (BPP) in Boston, Massachusetts

The Research Assistant will recruit and enroll study participants in clinical studies; schedule study visits; collect and review data collection forms and enter the data into a database; perform clerical duties; assist with the preparation of IRB applications and document maintenance; and assist in study procedures (e.g., phlebotomy, EKG, blood culture), as needed.

Bachelor’s degree required; MPH degree preferred.

Experience in a clinical research setting highly desirable.

  • Previous experience recruiting subjects with an understanding of the ethical and technical conduct of research preferred

  • Excellent oral (including English) and written communication skills

  • Bilingual or multi-lingual skills (beyond that of English) appropriate to the patient population served is desirable

  • Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of social, racial and ethnic populations

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat/Reader, web browsers, and statistical software

  • Excellent organizational skills, including strong attention to detail and ability to manage time effectively

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all sensitive, personal, and protected health information

Recruits subjects to participate in the study by using approved methodologies, such as, reaching to healthcare providers for referrals, visiting clinics, using approved advertisements, etc. Conducts the enrollment of study participants, including explaining research procedures, and obtaining informed consent of subjects and/or their families; as well as interviewing human research subjects for research studies. Schedules appointments of study participants; conducts reminder phone calls and/or sends mail-outs. Reviews the data collection forms for each enrollee for completion and quality. Performs data collection and entry into a database; maintains clear, concise, accurate and legible records. Maintains confidentiality with regard to patient information and other sensitive information. May assist with preparing and maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals and correspondence, including amendments and renewals as necessary. Performs biospecimen collection for study purposes, including: blood (phlebotomy), saliva (cheek swabs), and placental tissue. Process biospecimens in the lab including blood, urine, breastmilk, and placental samples from COVID-19 positive women and infants. Performs office-related duties such as answering phones, picking up and delivering mail, storing and distributing office supplies, handling faxes, scanning, filing, photocopying, collating materials, maintaining the update of policy manuals, etc. Participates in staff meetings/initiatives including appropriate quality improvement and education activities, or if unable to attend non-mandatory activities, accepts responsibility to review meeting minutes and becomes knowledgeable of issues discussed.