Research Assistant at Mass General Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Boston, MA)

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Research laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital's Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, seeking applicants who are interested in neurology and clinical neuroscience. We are using neuroimaging to look for inflammation in the central nervous system of people with poorly-understood conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, Long-COVID, and post-treatment Lyme disease. We are also interested in investigating the use of electroceutical medical devices in treating neuroinflammatory conditions as well as their use as an adjunct to exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Looking for someone to join the lab who is naturally organized, willing to do administrative work, confident with technology, compassionate with sick people, and detail-oriented. Especially interested in pre-medical school students or pre-neuroscience graduate school students who are looking for a 2-year research assistant/clinical research coordinator position before applying to medical or graduate school.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael VanElzakker

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Paulita Lara Mejia '18 at


- Collects & organizes patient data

- Schedules and coordinates patient scans

- Maintains records and databases

- Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports

- Assists with recruiting patients

- Develop and implement recruitment strategies

- Coordinates with collaborating physicians

- Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc.

- Conducts library searches - Conducts data cleaning, processing, and analysis

- Verifies accuracy of study forms

- Updates study forms per protocol

- Documents patient visits and procedures

- Assists with regulatory binders

- Assists with interviewing study subjects

- Administers and scores questionnaires

- Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects

- Performs study procedures, which may include phlebotomy

- Assists with study regulatory submissions

- Assists with writing IRB protocols and grants

- Helps organize journal club with undergraduate interns

- Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria

- Performs administrative support duties as required

- Act as a study resource for patient and family



- Careful attention to details and strong organizational skills

- Must have very strong written and verbal communication skills

- Must be able to work productively under minimal supervision

- Must be proficient with computers and databases and able to troubleshoot and problem solve independently

- Ability to demonstrate respect and professionalism for study participants’ rights and individual needs

- Prior experience with Linux, coding, or neuroimaging methods preferable Qualifications EDUCATION:

- Bachelor’s degree required (neuroscience and pre-med preferred)


- Relevant research laboratory experience required

- Amount of experience determines position title (i.e., CRC I, CRC II)

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