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Clinical Research Coordinator

Massachusetts General Hospital

About the Role

A multi-year Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) position is available in the Lam Laboratory in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Working independently under the Principal Investigator and Project Manager, the CRC will be responsible for carrying out clinical research studies, including but not limited to participant recruitment and enrollment, scheduling study visits, carrying out study procedures, data collection and transfer to data repositories, and maintaining study records. Current research projects in the laboratory include:

ELUCID, a multi-center, prospective, longitudinal observational study focused on older adults who develop seizures late in life for unclear reasons (late-onset unexplained epilepsy.)

Understanding the impact of abnormal brain electrical activity and sleep physiology in neurodegenerative disorders such Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies.

Determining how seizures, epileptiform activity, sleep disturbances, and medications affect memory and other cognitive functions in individuals with epilepsy.

The CRC must be able to work in a multidisciplinary clinical team, display a high degree of initiative, and have excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills. CRCs will receive research training, clinical exposure, and individual mentorship during their time in the lab.

The start date for this position is flexible, but the position is immediately available.

**When applying, please upload a cover letter specific to the role in our Group and a resume that includes coursework relevant to the job (e.g., biology and pre-medical courses, journal club, lab work). Applications that do not include all components will NOT be considered.**

Requirements

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

The CRC will participate in all phases of clinical research projects, from study design to analysis and writing manuscripts for submission to academic journals.  They will work closely with research participants and with other clinical research team members, including CRCs, post-doctoral fellows, members of collaborating research groups, Program Managers, and Study Physicians.  Key responsibilities will include:

  • Mastery of study protocols, and obtain training and certification where needed to carry out study procedures.

  • Assist study physicians with review of medical records to screen and identify potential research participants.

  • Recruitment and retention of research participants for clinical studies (includes obtaining written informed consent, serving as the primary contact for study participants, scheduling study visits, and tracking participants throughout the study).

  • Generate participant-related study data, including but not limited to: administering clinical questionnaires; administering cognitive testing; obtaining vital signs and other physical measurements; setting up and obtaining scalp EEG recordings; performing blood draws; processing and shipping blood samples; and assisting with MRI acquisition.

  • Travel to research participants’ homes to carry out study procedures.

  • Accurate and timely entry of clinical research data into electronic databases.

  • Organize, maintain, and manage REDCap clinical research databases and coordinate data repositories with other lab members.

  • Attend regular meetings with the Principal Investigator and other team members to discuss study progress and challenges.

  • Assist with the preparation of Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and related documents regarding the protection of human subjects, including maintenance of study binders with study records.

  • Quantitative analysis of clinical research data.

  • Take on additional tasks and responsibilities as requested.

 

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:  

  • Must have a professional demeanor and a strong commitment to patient confidentiality.

  • Ability to interact comfortably and respectfully with older adults and cognitively impaired research participants in a medical research environment.

  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and being a team player.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain a detailed and well-organized record of research performed and results obtained.

  • Ability to focus, work independently, and regularly seek feedback on job performance.

  • Ability to establish priorities and balance demands of multiple projects to meet deadlines.

  • Flexibility and willingness to shift focus and help where needed, to achieve goals across multiple ongoing research studies.

  • Must be able to identify problems and develop solutions.

  • Computer literacy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and operating system: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, as well as the ability to learn new software applications (MATLAB, R). 


     

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s degree required with a background in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or premedical preferred. Master’s degree or other advanced degree will be considered but is not required.

  

EXPERIENCE:

New college graduates with relevant course/project work or those without any prior research experience will be considered for a Clinical Research Coordinator I position.  Those with a minimum of 1-2 years of directly related work experience will be considered for a Clinical Research Coordinator II position. Experience working with older adults and cognitively impaired individuals is preferred. 

  

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

  • Office and clinical environment.  Our laboratory is located on the MGH Main Campus.  Research studies will take place in several locations, including various buildings on the MGH Main Campus, as well as the MGH Charlestown Navy Yard campus.  Additionally, the CRC must be willing to travel locally to research participants’ homes to perform study procedures.

  • Work will be conducted over a forty-hour work week with the typical schedule as a 9-5 workday from Monday-Friday, though some flexibility will be permitted once the CRC is established in the laboratory.

The MGH Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery (CNTR) develops, tests, and deploys novel neurotechnologies to improve the care of people suffering from diseases or injuries of the nervous system.

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