Clinical Research Assistant at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA)

Application deadline: May 1, reviewed on rolling basis

TITLE:  Clinical Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery


We are presently seeking a full-time, clinically-oriented Research Assistant to work with our internationally recognized, multidisciplinary health policy and clinical outcomes research team at the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe) as well as the Policy and Innovation eValuation in Orthopaedic Treatments (PIVOT) Center, both in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The incumbent will be essential to the research operations of OrACORe/PIVOT and will be an integral member of the centers.

The Research Assistant will work directly with the Principal Investigators of the centers, as well as numerous other faculty and staff members, to conduct clinical research involving musculoskeletal conditions. There will be opportunities to collect data, synthesize literature, and write both manuscripts and sections of grant proposals. The Research Assistant will also participate in conducting health policy evaluations of musculoskeletal diseases using computer simulation modeling.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Working with OrACORe/PIVOT faculty (clinicians, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians) to design, implement, analyze data, and report results of research studies
  • Performing medical chart reviews
  • Collecting and maintaining study data
  • Inputting data and producing reports
  • Conducting data cleaning and organizing study data
  • Assisting in preparing research documents, presentations, manuscripts, and journal articles
  • Completing literature searches and retrieving relevant articles
  • Aiding with the editing and submission of research papers and grant proposals
  • Conducting enrollment and follow-up telephone interviews of study participants
  • Scheduling and completing in-person study visits and perform abbreviated physical examinations and tests for clinical studies
  • Serving as a primary contact for study participants
  • Working with investigators to facilitate and conduct health policy and medical decision-making analyses using computer simulation models
  • Participating in model development, refinement, and debugging, including collaborating with the model developer
  • Corresponding with and preparing materials for the Internal Review Board (IRB) for protocol amendments, consent form changes, and annual reports
  • Organizing and taking minutes at group meetings
  • Other administrative duties as needed


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree with strong academic performance and a demonstrated background in research or quantitative skills. We are seeking a good-spirited team player who gets along well with others from diverse intellectual and social backgrounds. A strong quantitative background and both good writing and oral communication skills are important. No knowledge of orthopedics or arthritis is necessary; we will provide necessary teaching. We value flexibility, initiative, and independence as well as interests in medicine, epidemiology, health policy, biostatistics, economics, and computer programming.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and transcript to Taylor Trentadue at  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but submitting materials by May 01, 2017, is recommended. Applications missing any of the requested documents will be considered incomplete.