Clinical Research Assistant I at Boston Children's Hospital

Feb. 14, 2019

Application deadline: March 30


This clinical research assistant position offers an incredible opportunity to build research and project management skills that will benefit any future career path. The clinical research assistant will work closely with one pediatric otolaryngologist, but may assist multiple investigators and clinical professionals within the department. The primary research will focus on pediatric otology, specifically genetic causes of congenital hearing loss. You will also work closely with the Department Research Specialist to assist the Director of Clinical Research. This position offers tremendous education on the research process, database creation and management, statistics, and manuscript writing, and offers opportunities to collaborate with a diverse group of clinical professionals and to attend medical conferences within the department and nationally.

Principal Responsibilities and Growth Opportunities

  • Manage multiple clinical and multi-institutional research projects at once.
  • Participate in collaborative, multi-departmental and/or cross-departmental projects and initiatives.
  • Prepare abstracts and manuscripts for submission to medical journals and national conferences. 
  • Work closely with the department’s biostatistician to create and prepare data collection, statistical reports, and analytical summaries for distribution to research team for review and analysis.
  • Use REDCap Electronic Data Capture service to maintain and create easily accessible yet secure online databases.
  • Read through patient charts/medical documentation to collect data, and enter data.
  • Monitor data collection for quality and HIPAA compliance.
  • Consult with clinical teams as well as research support staff to meet study goals and protocol requirements.
  • Perform descriptive statistics on data, with opportunities to learn more advanced statistical programming (SPSS, SAS, etc)
  • Draft study protocols for approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and manage and review the IRB process for the department together with other research assistants.
  • Learn to navigate the electronic medical record systems used at Boston Children’s Hospital and gain medical knowledge
  • Performs other miscellaneous administrative duties as assigned or required.

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 a H-visa or green card to apply.

Start Date: June 2019

Application Deadline: March 30, 2019

Please email with a cover letter and resume/CV, as well as with any questions. You may address your cover letter to Genevieve Medina. Please indicate you are applying for the “RA 1 GM” position and include your full name in the subject line of the email.