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Clinical Research Coordinator

General Summary/ Overview Statement

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine's division of research is seeking a highly motivated individual to assist with ongoing and future clinical research studies. Through participation in a variety of federally funded and industry sponsored clinical trials, our division aims to find new and effective treatments for injuries and illnesses such as venous thromboembolism, acute coronary syndrome, trauma, infections, sepsis, and minor ischemic stroke. The person in this role will work with a dynamic team of investigators and research staff to coordinate multiple studies performed in the emergency department at MGH.


The successful candidate will be highly motivated and eager to interact with patients with acute illness and their families in a fast-paced hospital setting. A high level of maturity is essential, as the coordinator is given access to personal and confidential medical information. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks are essential. Must demonstrate analytical skills, ability to resolve technical problems, ability to interpret acceptability of data results, and have a working knowledge of data management programs.


This is a full-time (40 hours / week) position; evening hours and weekend hours will be required. Studies may require staff to be on-call one weekend and 5 weeknights a month. The ability of the successful candidate to take call is preferred.


This position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing graduate studies or a career in the fields of medicine, public health, or clinical research. It involves extensive patient interaction as a member of a clinical research team.


Principal Duties And Responsibilities

Please note, the functions below are representative of major duties that are typically associated with these positions. Specific responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Similarly, not all duties that have been outlined will be assigned to each position.

  • Collects & organizes patient data
  • Maintains records and databases
  • Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports
  • Assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials
  • Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc.
  • Conducts library searches
  • Verifies accuracy of study forms
  • Updates study forms per protocol
  • Documents patient visits and procedures
  • Assists with regulatory binders and QA/QC procedures
  • Assists with interviewing study subjects
  • Administers and scores questionnaires
  • Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects
  • Performs study procedures, which may include phlebotomy.
  • Assists with study regulatory submissions
  • Writes consent forms
  • Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Performs administrative support duties as required


A Clinical Research Coordinator II performs the duties of a Clinical Research Coordinator I (above) and may also:

  • Maintain research data, patient fields, regulatory binders and study databases
  • Perform data analysis and QA/QC data checks
  • Organize and interpret data
  • Develop and implement recruitment strategies
  • Act as a study resource for patient and family
  • Monitor and evaluation lab and procedure data
  • Evaluate study questionnaires
  • Contribute to protocol recommendations
  • Assist with preparation of annual review
  • May assist PI to prepare complete study reports


Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required

  • Careful attention to details
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
  • Ability to demonstrate respect and professionalism for subjects’ rights and individual needs


The Clinical Research Coordinator II Should Also Possess

  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems
  • Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
  • Working knowledge of data management program



  • Bachelor’s degree required.



  • New graduates with some relevant course/project work or those without any prior research experience will be considered for the Clinical Research Coordinator I position outlined above.
  • Those with a minimum of 1-2 years of directly related work experience will be considered for a Clinical Research Coordinator II position.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • A Clinical Research Coordinator I does not have any supervisory responsibility.
  • A Clinical Research Coordinator II may assist with the training and orientation of new staff members.


Primary Location

MA-Boston-MGH Main Campus





Posted Shift Description

Candidates should expect to be on-call 1 week per month (weekday overnights and one weekend) as well as work a rotating shift (with start times between 7a-2:30p)