GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Provides assistance on research studies and clinical trials as per study guidelines and protocols.Develops quality reports and shares findings with collaborators and other study stakeholders.Monitors treatment adherence and data quality and identifies strategies to improve these areas.Assists with annotating/scoring sleep/BP studies as needed.Recruits and evaluates human research subjects for eligibility to research studies and clinical trials. May be required to review patient information, interface with physicians and health centers, perform interviews, and assemble packets for mailing to potential or active study participants. Obtains informed consent consistent with regulatory requirements. May be required to schedule patients for study visits and assist patients with completing visit surveys and questionnaires.Interacts with human research subjects to provide education about research studies, procedural instructions, follow up, and adherence to study protocol. May serve as liaison between subject and investigator.Responsible for collecting data and maintaining human research subjects' records for various studies. This may include data entry, performing minor analysis of data, and presenting reports. Assists with curating information from electronic health records and other sources such as sleep studies.Manages study equipment inventory and supplies.Assists with storage, inventory, and shipping/receiving of biologic specimens and -80 freezer inventory.In concert with the manager and project leader, develops and implements patient/subject recruitment strategies.May assist in training and orientation of new staff/students.Performs all other duties, as required.Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS:
The Research Assistant (RA) will support various projects within the Program in Sleep Medicine Epidemiology and Sleep and Cardiovascular Medicine within the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women's Hospital- a dynamic program that leads a variety of clinical trials, observational cohort studies, and informatics initiatives aimed at understand the risk factors for sleep disorders, identify biomarkers for sleep disorders, and understand the role of interventions for improving sleep and its downstream consequences on health, well-being, and cognition. The RA will work under the general supervision of the Project Manager and Principal Investigator, and following established policies and procedures for research studies, will assist with a variety of activities. A specific focus will be to support the activities related to a multi-center trial of oxygen use in heart failure and sleep apnea. The RA will join a team of experienced clinical trialists, clinicians, project managers and statisticians to assist with the day to day monitoring of treatment adherence and data quality; assist with staff and participant communications; and assist with activities to enhance recruitment, retention and engagement in the study. Participation in other studies may include direct recruiting and evaluating eligibility of individuals for participation in research and clinical trials of sleep disorders; obtaining informed consent, ensuring all regulatory requirements are met; collecting and organizing a variety of clinical, physiological, environmental and other data; scheduling subjects for study visits, performing clinical research tests; assists with data processing and helps maintain databases and performs data entry; assists with communications to study participants and investigators.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
BS or BA
New graduate with relevant course or project work.
One year of experience preferred.
Working knowledge and proficiency with the following computer software preferred: Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, and Excel).SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
Good oral and written communication skills.
General computer knowledge (e.g. data entry, MS Windows/ Office etc.)
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
Careful attention to detail.
Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect when interacting with subjects and staff.WORKING CONDITIONS:
The work takes place in a busy academic/research office setting. Recruitment activities can take place in a clinic or sleep laboratory. Study visits can take place in participant homes or other locations outside of the office setting. Occasional intense periods of work can be associated with particular scientific deadlines. Evening work is occasionally required for this position. May require the lifting, carrying of specimens or supplies, and the pushing, pulling cart of specimens or supplies. Potential exposure to dust and blood-borne diseases through contact with biological specimens.EEO Statement
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive 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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