Research Assistant II in the Department of Otolaryngology at Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA)

2 year commitment, preferred.  Application deadline: March 30

A position for a Research Study Assistant II is available in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement.

The RAII will work closely with Dr. Jacob Brodsky, Director of the Balance and Vestibular Program. His research focuses on vestibular disorders in children, with a concentration on post-concussion syndrome and testing new technologies for diagnosis and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders. The RAII will work from both Boston-Longwood and Waltham locations of Boston Children’s Hospital. The individual will be expected to build a thorough knowledge base of otology, laryngology and balance disorders from both a clinical and research perspective.

This position offers tremendous education on the research process, database creation and management, statistics, and manuscript writing. Dr. Brodsky is very dedicated to helping his RA work towards career goals by providing mentorship and educational opportunities. The RAII will also have the opportunity to collaborate with providers in other departments through the Multidisciplinary Concussion Clinic.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and prepares the necessary documentation for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Committee on Clinical Investigations (CCI) submissions, together with the Principal Investigator (PI) of the study.
  • Develops and implements systems and procedures to meet study goals and protocol requirements.
  • Consents and recruits patients for research studies through personal interviews and written communications with patients/families as necessary.
  • Learns to navigate electronic medical record systems (i.e. Powerchart) and electronic data capture systems (REDCap).
  • Builds new databases for data collection on prospective and retrospective research studies.
  • Monitors and reviews data collection, data entry, and informed consent procedures - ensuring consistency of application for each study.
  • Creates and prepares data collection statistical reports and analytical summaries for distribution to study research team for review and analysis.
  • Prepares abstracts and manuscripts of studies for submission to medical journals, as requested.
  • Assists with the preparation and delivery of presentations (posters or oral) at meetings and conferences.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other research assistants or members of other departments on joint projects; communicates with departmental statistician and other departmental administration.
  • Performs other miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned or required.
  • Has the opportunity to shadow PI or other physicians in the department in clinic, as timing permits.
  • Assists PI in preparing new applications for research funding and in developing, implementing, and managing ancillary study grants.

Minimum Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Work requires a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriately related discipline, preferably in a Life, Health, or Social Sciences field. New/recent college graduates with an interest in pursuing medicine are desirable.
  • Work requires the analytical and statistical skills necessary to gather and interpret data.
  • Work requires well-developed communication skills in order to manage projects with people across many different professions.
  • Work requires well-developed organizational skills in order to manage multiple projects at various stages of completion.
  • Work requires advanced writing skills for preparing IRB submissions, writing abstracts, and drafting manuscripts.
  • Must be able to work autonomously.
  • A two-year commitment to the position is preferred, but one-year commitments will also be reviewed.
  • International applicants must have an H-visa or green card to apply.

Start Date: Beginning/middle of June 2017
Application Deadline: March 30, 2017

Please email with a cover letter and resume/CV, as well as with any questions. You may address your cover letter to Dr. Jacob Brodsky. Please indicate you are applying for the “RAII” position and include your full name in the subject line of the email.