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Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States (on-site)
2 days ago
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 days ago
Job Function
Research Assistant



Standard Hours per Week

Job Category

Regular, Temporary, Per Diem

Office/Site Location

Remote Eligibility
Part Remote/Hybrid

Job Posting Description

At Boston Children’s Hospital, the quality of our care – and our inclusive hospital working environment – lies in the diversity of our people. With patients from local communities and 160 countries around the world, we’re committed to reflecting the spectrum of their cultures, while opening doors of opportunity for our team. Here, different talents pursue common goals. Voices are heard and ideas are shared. Join us, and discover how your unique contributions can change lives. Yours included.

*** Cover Letter is required when submitting an application***
The Neurology Department is seeking a Clinical Research Assistant to assist with research involving human subjects conducted by the Epilepsy Genetics Program (Poduri Laboratory). The Clinical Research Assistant will work under the supervision of a Genetic Counseling Program Manager, the Epilepsy Genetics Program Co-Director, and the Principal Investigator (a pediatric neurologist/epileptologist).
Duties will include recruiting study participants from Neurology clinics and other departments, other health institutions, and from the community. Recruitment opportunities will occur both in-person and virtually, with some travel to a BCH satellite location possible. The Clinical Research Assistant will obtain informed consent, coordinate collection of biological samples for DNA analysis, serve as a liaison with laboratory and clinical personnel, and maintain research study databases. Duties also include scheduling research visits, maintaining positive relationships with research participants, ensuring compliance with Good Clinical Practices, and other related research duties as needed. Responsibilities also include implementing and analyzing the effectiveness of recruitment methods.
The Clinical Research Assistant will be expected to become knowledgeable about pediatric and adult seizure disorders and the genetics of epilepsy, including proficiency in characterizing seizure types and symptoms.
This Clinical Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
  • Consents and recruits patients for research studies through personal interviews and written communications with patients/families.
  • Provides detailed background information regarding studies to families, communicates all policies and procedures, and responds to all inquiries.
  • Serves as liaison to the families/patients in the research studies, conducted at both on site and off site locations, guiding and advising them throughout each phase of the study.
  • Coordinates follow up visits as necessary.
  • Acts as a resource to study participants, addressing any concerns they may have.
  • Troubleshoots resolution of any issues that may arise throughout the study.
  • Coordinates and prepares the necessary documentation for Institutional Review Board IRB and Committee on Clinical Investigations CCI submissions, together with the Private Investigator of the study.
  • Creates and prepares data collection statistical reports and analytical summaries for distribution to study research team for review and analysis.
  • Writes articles and summary papers of studies for submission to medical journals, as may be necessary/requested.
  • Coordinates activities between the hospital and research laboratories to ensure correct testing/processing and send out instructions specific to the study.
  • Monitors and reviews data collection and data entry, and informed consent procedures ensuring consistency of application for each study.

In order to qualify you must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required and a scientific background is preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, required
  • Completion of at least one genetics undergrad course a must!
  • Highly motivated and independent
  • Prior clinical research experience preferred
  • Strong organizational skills, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in REDCap is highly desired
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Must be able to relate to and communicate with patients and families
  • A 2-year commitment is strongly desired

Boston Children’s Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including flexible schedules, affordable health, vision, and dental insurance, childcare and student loan subsidies, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition, and certain License and Certification Reimbursement, cell phone plan discounts and discounted rates on T-passes. Experience the benefits of passion and teamwork.

Please note: During a public health emergency, individuals in this role may be expected to take on additional duties to respond to organizational needs.

Boston Children’s Hospital requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and Flu, (unless you are eligible for a medical or religious exemption).

Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Job ID: 72191261

Boston Children's Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. (Our services can begin interventions at 15 weeks gestation and in some situations we also treat adults.) We have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and our 200+ specialized clinical programs schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year, ...

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