Clinical Research Coordinator – Rosand Lab

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The Center for Genomic Research is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic candidate to support exciting new genetic studies of stroke.  We work in a rich multi-disciplinary environment involving clinicians, computational biologists, statisticians and geneticists both at MGH, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT as well as internationally through the International Stroke Genetics Consortium (ISGC)

Under the direction of the Senior Research Laboratory Manager, the Clinical Research Coordinator I will work independently on ongoing research studies.  This includes project management of lab projects involving collaboration within and outside the lab and institution, organizing the receipt of DNA samples from collaborators within and outside the United States, collection of all phenotypic data associated with received samples, collection of and accurate recording of procedures and results, maintenance of the lab databases, maintaining lab stocks, participation in joint upkeep of the lab and participation and presenting at lab meeting. This position requires a person who has Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular/cell biology or a related field, pays attention to details, is capable of working independently after training, possesses good verbal and written communication skills, works well as part of a team and is comfortable corresponding with collaborators from all over the world.

This position requires a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in molecular/cell biology or a related field.  Incumbent should be detail-oriented, capable of working independently after training, possesses good verbal and written communication skills and works well as part of a team.

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PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: In order of importance, list essential areas of responsibility, major job duties, special projects and key objectives for this position. These items should be evaluated throughout the year and included in the written annual evaluation. This section should be completed as a bulleted list and explain how the role is performed.

  • Project Management of studies: including but not limited to organizing conference calls with local and international collaborators, sample receipt and processing, data collection and quality control, and aid in manuscript preparation.
  • Working with the Partners Human Research Committee to coordinate human research protocols.
  • Develops and executes protocols for non-routine experiments and identifies relevant expertise for informational and technical support where needed.
  • Day-to-day processing and handling of lab biospecimens (blood, saliva, CSF, plasma, DNA etc).
  • Sample tracking, inventory maintenance and retrieval of lab biospecimens.
  • Serve as rotating emergency contact for minus 80 freezers.
  • Curating the lab database and performing queries, when requested.
  • analyzing data associated with lab projects.
  • Manage Quality Control and Assurance of phenotypic data.
  • Preparing CSF, Plasma, DNA and blood for shipment.
  • Organize and summarize data using scientific and statistical techniques.
  • Analyzing CT Scans for project related variables and measures.
  • Curation of Lab standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Organizing and maintaining accurate written records of experimental procedures and data collection.
  • Calendar and meeting management for Investigators related to ongoing laboratory projects.
  • Assisting in preparation of manuscripts.
  • Assisting in preparation of grants e.g. preparing figures, drafting letters from the committee, and writing project and method descriptions.
  • Participating in upkeep of lab, performs basic maintenance on laboratory equipment and reports equipment requiring repair to Senior Research Lab Manager
  • Participating in and presenting data at weekly lab meetings and journal clubs.
  • Performing other job-related duties as assigned.

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:  This section should be a bulleted list of minimum requirements explaining the skills (what the individual is trained for) and competencies (measurable as defined by the job) necessary to perform the job.

  • A high level of maturity and professional demeanor is essential, as the coordinator will work with personal and confidential medical information, and sometimes directly with patients.
  • Excellent time management skills: Ability to establish priorities, balance demands of multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of complex laboratory techniques
  • Knowledge of safe sample handling procedures
  • Analytical Skills and ability to resolve technical problems
  • Ability to perform sample dilutions regularly
  • Must be able to quickly learn how to use new specialized lab equipment
  • Must be able to multi-task with great efficiency and at high speeds
  • Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills.
  • Enjoy learning complex analysis and genotyping techniques
  • Must have a professional demeanor and a strong commitment to confidentiality
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with both local and global collaborators
  • Attention to detail
  • Very dependable and responsible
  • Demonstrated competence in research techniques and methodologies
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently
  • Desire to be involved with cutting edge clinically relevant research
  • Ability to learn novel computer applications and analysis platforms quickly.
  • High degree of computer literacy: MS Word, Excel, Access, SAS, Analyze, database management


EDUCATION:  Check boxes that best describe the minimum and preferred education requirements. Bachelor’s Degree

Field of Study/Additional Specialized Training:  Biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry or related field

EXPERIENCE: Indicate the required and preferred (optional) amount and type of experience.

Preferred: a Minimum of 1 year of directly related experience required

WORKING CONDITIONS: Describe the conditions in which the work is performed.  Use this section to detail any physical requirements for the position (lifting, carrying, etc).  Use this section to also detail any environmental conditions associated with the position (outdoor weather requirements, hazardous materials, etc).

  • The wet lab work (i.e. sample dilutions and shipments) are performed largely on a designated lab bench as a part of the Lab
  • All computer related tasks are performed at the computer at the end of the lab bench (i.e. data cleaning, emailing, sample organization, database upkeep etc.)



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