Clinical Research Coordinator (Working with The Science Tooth Fairy)- Dunn Lab

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The Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit (PNGU) in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine (CGM) has an immediate opening for a Research Coordinator II, working under the direction of Dr. Erin Dunn ( 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) the developmental effects of exposure to childhood adversity on risk for psychopathology; (2) genomic, transcriptomic, and epigenomic predictors of susceptibility to depression; and (3) gene-environment interplay, or how genetic variation modifies the effect of exposure to experience 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 passionate about finding ways to prevent mental illness.
Dr. Dunn, better known as the Science Tooth Fairy, is seeking a Research Coordinator II to assist her and her team with a new set of projects exploring the use of shed primary teeth as novel biomarkers of exposure to stress and subsequent risk for mental health problems. Candidates will be primarily responsible for data collection activities related to a new study (Stories Teeth Record of Newborn Growth) that is examining the teeth of children who were in-utero or newborns during the time of the Boston Marathon Bombing:   Candidates will gain valuable experience and knowledge working in all phases of the research process, ranging from project conceptualization, to study design, data analysis, and dissemination of results. For example, 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 full-time work 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. Candidates with a MA degree or several years of research experience (post-BA/BS) are preferred. The ideal candidate must exhibit excellent problem-solving skills, as well as 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. The ideal candidate will also have experience conducting clinical interviews (by phone or in person) with maternal and child health populations. Opportunities to co-author manuscripts and present study results at conferences will be available. This position is ideal for someone wishing to pursue graduate study in the fields of public health, psychology, anthropology, or medicine.


To be considered for this role, please provide a tailored cover letter (addressed to Dr. Dunn) outlining prior experiences that fit with the requirements of this role and why you think you would be a good addition to the Dunn Lab.
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 and organizes patient data
  • * Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports
  • * Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc.
  • * Performs administrative support duties as required
  • * Updates study forms per protocol* Assists with formal audits of data
  • * Assists with regulatory binders and QA/QC procedures.
  • * Administers and scores questionnaires
  • * Performs study procedures such as phlebotomy
  • * Writes consent forms
  • * Maintains research data, patient files, regulatory binders and study databases
  • * Organizes and interprets data
  • * Acts as study resource for patient and family
  • * Administers/scores/evaluates study questionnaires
  • * Assists with preparation for annual review
  • * Assists with manuscript preparation
  • * May assist PI to prepare complete study reports
  • * May contribute to protocol recommendations
  • * Monitors and evaluates lab and procedure data
  • * Develops and implements recruitment strategies
  • * Performs data analysis and QA/QC data checks
  • * Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • * Assists with study regulatory submissions
  • * Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects
  • * Assists with interviewing study subjects
  • * Documents patient visits and procedures
  • * Prepares data for analysis and data entry
  • * Verifies accuracy of study forms
  • * Conducts library searches
  • * Assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials
  • * Maintains records and databases


* Ability to work independently and as a team member
* High degree of computer literacy
* 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. 
  • A minimum of 1-2 years related work experience required
  • May assist with the training and orientation of new staff members.
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