Clinical Research Coordinator – Dunn Lab

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GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

 

The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) has an immediate opening for a Research Coordinator, working under the direction of Dr. Erin Dunn (www.thedunnlab.com).  Dr. Dunn’s research laboratory is housed in the Center for Genomic Medicine and Department of Psychiatry.  Studies in the Dunn Lab are focused on: 1) genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic predictors of susceptibility to depression; (2) understanding the developmental effects of exposure to childhood adversity on risk for psychopathology; and (3) life course perspectives for modeling gene-environment interplay, or how genetic variation modifies the effect of exposure to childhood adversity on downstream phenotypes.

 

We are a hard-working, highly collegial, and supportive group seeking to identify motivated and dedicated team players who are curious, interested in interdisciplinary approaches, and committed to finding ways to prevent mental illness.  Members of the Dunn Lab believe that good science (and good scientists) are born from a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We recognize that diversity comes in many forms.  We value diversity of backgrounds, thoughts, and approaches.  We welcome candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to work in the lab.

 

We are seeking a Research Coordinator I or II to assist with clinical and translational research projects, as well as perform a variety of administrative tasks that support the day-to-day operations of the lab.  Responsibilities will include: conducting literature searches, drafting IRB-related documents, participating in data management and data analysis tasks, helping with grant submissions, assisting with peer-reviewed journal submissions, developing materials for conference presentations, and performing other administrative support duties as required.  Candidates must have a BA/BS, 1-2 years of experience, good quantitative skills, an ability to work well in a collaborative environment, fluency with all modes of communication in English, and strong writing skills.  The ideal candidate must exhibit a high level of expertise and comfort in facilitating objectives within a complex cross-functional project team that spans MGH clinics/departments and external sites.  Candidates will gain valuable experience and knowledge working in all phases of the research process, ranging from study design to analysis and interpretation of results.  Opportunities to co-author manuscripts and present study results at conferences may be available.  This position is ideal for someone wishing to pursue graduate study in the fields of public health, psychology, or medicine.

 

 

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

 

Qualifications

 

 

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Careful attention to details
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems
  • Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
  • Ability to demonstrate respect and professionalism for subjects’ rights and individual needs
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to interpret acceptability of data results

 

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, and/or REGISTRATIONS (if applicable):

N/A

 

EDUCATION:

BA/BS Required.

 

EXPERIENCE:

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 (if applicable):

May assist with the training and orientation of new staff members.

 

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):

N/A

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Laboratory and Office Settings.

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