Research Assistant I * Ortho Trauma / 40 Hours / day / BWH Orthopaedics
The Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Initiative is one of the most successful fully-integrated cross-campus clinical programs. The Initiative has a very robust clinical research patient-reported outcomes programs that have grown substantially during the last five years.
The Research Assistant I position offers exposure to the clinical, operative, and academic aspects of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery. This position offers terrific opportunities to both work with expert Orthopedic Trauma surgeons and contribute to cutting-edge innovations.
Working independently and under general supervision from the Senior Project Manager and/or Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant I will provide support to clinical research studies and outcomes data collection. He/She may be responsible for the following activities: gathering data from the clinical record; recruiting and enrolling subjects into clinical protocols; developing and implementing patient recruitment strategies; and recommending changes to protocols.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Coordinates the implementation - both internally and externally - of sponsored clinical research studies.
2. Initiates and maintains contact with study participants. Responsible for screening applicants, ensuring they meet appropriate criteria, and makes independent judgment as to the suitability of their participation.
3. Working in concert with Principal Investigator and/or Senior Research Project Manager or designee, develops and implements subject recruitment strategies.
4. Reviews and collects appropriate data from the patient clinical record.
5. Develops, organizes, and/or maintains the study database. Responsible for data validation and quality control.
6. Interacts with subjects with regard to enrollment - including patient education, procedural instruction, and follow-up. May serve as a liaison between subject and physician.
7. Administers, scores, and evaluates responses to study questionnaires.
8. In conjunction with Senior Research Project Manager/Principal Investigator, develops and implements new research protocols including design, data collection systems and institutional review board approval.
9. Performs literature searches as appropriate.
10. Assists PI or Senior Research Project Manager with preparation for presentation and written published articles.
11. Assists with regulatory documentation as directed by Senior Project Manager.
12. All other duties as assigned.
BA/BS required. Coursework in biology or other pre-medical or related fields is not required but may be helpful. Knowledge of statistics and statistical programming is a plus.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
· Ability to work independently.
· Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills.
· Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical or research problems and issues and to interpret the acceptability of data results.
· Knowledge of clinical research protocols.
· High degree of computer literacy.
· Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
· Impeccable attention to detail.
· Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects’ rights and individual needs.
· Knowledge of data management programs.
The person in this position will orient and supervise transient per diem and volunteer staff.
The qualified candidate will work primarily at a work station within an office environment. He/She will also be required to work in clinical settings associated with the Orthopedic Trauma discipline: Operating Room; Inpatient setting; and the Outpatient Clinic.