Research Assistant I / 40 Hours / Day / BWH - rheumatology

Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA
General Summary

As a member of the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy, the research assistant will work on several NIH-funded clinical studies and health interventions together with Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator. The research assistant will coordinate and carry out study-related activities such as recruitment, patient interviews, follow-up appointments, patient education, and data collection/organization for several assigned studies. S/he will need to be able to work under supervision.

This position provides an opportunity to engage in a dynamic clinical research setting and is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing careers in medicine, clinical research, or public health.

Primary Duties

Performs follow-up on patients experiencing adverse events in a large clinical study. This will include working with other study staff to obtain medical records, create adverse event adjudication files, and updating the study database with results.

Organizes recruitment for clinical research studies and identify potential subjects, following study criteria. Keeps organized, accurate, and up to date databases and maintains up to date records on all research subjects.

Contacts and collects data on subjects in clinical research studies. This may include the administration of study questionnaires either in person or on the phone.

Codes and enters data according to written protocols.

Provides information such as recruitment and data collection details for manuscript and abstract writing, completion of progress reports, IRB human subjects new submissions for research protocols, annual reviews, and presentations (including preparation of graphics).

Contributes to drafting of progress reports, human subjects annual reviews, and protocols for executing projects in accordance with proposed aims and methodology. Assists with drafting formats for questionnaires, surveys, interviews and other instruments as needed for research projects, assuring ease in administration and accuracy of data entry

Provides investigators with current references. Independently researches the literature and follows up on specific requests from research staff.


Proficiency in writing; excellent verbal and written communication. The level required that would be obtained with a bachelor's degree.

Research experience preferred.

Skills, Abilities & Competencies Required

Keyboard/typing skills for data entry.

Must have interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons with chronic disease in order to gain their cooperation in the research projects and allay apprehensions.

Must be able to prioritize and organize work responsibilities in order to meet deadlines so as not to hamper the progress of the studies.

Must possess integrity to maintain confidentiality.

Must demonstrate accuracy in recording data.

Must be able to make judgments under supervision for the above mentioned job duties and responsibilities.