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Senior Research Assistant - Pediatrics - FT 40 hrs Days

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Boston Medical Center

Boston, MA

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Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It´s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator for the assigned research studies, the Senior Research Assistant will conduct epidemiologic and health services research and support the development and use of new translational software tools. Activities will include maintenance of patient databases, participation in national clinical research collaborations, testing and support of software tools, patient interviewing and recruitment, administration of questionnaires, assistance with grant preparations, administrative support, traveling once to 9 study sites across the country to train staff, and participation with the research team in preparation of data and other reports. In addition, this position will involve development of new research study plans and grant proposals and assistance of PI with IRB submissions and tracking.


Performs a variety of duties in connection with research studies:

participate with the research team in preparation of data and other reports

participate with the research team in testing and support of new software tools

administer questionnaires

maintain patient databases

perform administrative tasks

assist in grant preparation

perform literature searches

Will travel across the country to train 9 study sites in intervention protocol and offer continuous remote support to those sites on any challenges that arise with the intervention after initial in-person training.

Conducts interviews, recruitment and administers informed consent procedures for research subjects as required by the study(s).

Maintains patient information and study data through use of a database like REDCap.

Performs administrative tasks including:

managing project records

handling communication needs of the project (s)

maintaining related files and records

Provides assistance in the development of reports, grants, presentations and data analysis.

Consults and collaborates with professional and academic experts in other institutional departments and community organizations, in areas related to research study(s).

Assists in the dissemination of project and specific study-related information through conferences, presentations, and publications.

Maintains patient study files in accordance with legal and institutional guidelines.

Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.  

Utilizes hospital’s cultural beliefs as the basis for decision making and to support the hospital’s mission and goals.

Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures

Performs other duties as assigned or as necessary.

Must adhere to all of BMC’s RESPECT behavioral standards.


Completion of a Master's degree in a related area with one year related clinical trials research experience; or

Completion of a Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of two years directly related clinical trials research experience; or

Completion of a Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of three years closely related clinical trials research experience


Must become certified to work with Human Subjects, as per institutional and Federal guidelines


Refer to the above within “Education.”

Prior experience with quantitative research design, methodology, and analysis.

Completion of the NIH Human Subject Training program a plus. 


Excellent interpersonal skills.  Prior experience with quantitative research design, methodology, and analysis a plus. Computer literacy with Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) and efficiency with statistical packages (SPSS, Stata, or SAS) for summarizing data a plus. Proficiency in Spanish also a plus.

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At Boston Medical Center, all are welcome and treated equally. The best and brightest physicians, representing virtually every medical specialty, choose to work here for the opportunity to make a difference in their community and beyond. Unwavering in its commitment to the community, BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center located in Boston's historic South End. The primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine, BMC is the largest safety net hospital and busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England. Dedicated to providing accessible health care to everyone, 59% of patients are from underserved populations and 31% of patients do not speak English as a primary language. Through its commitment to serve everyone, BMC offers numerous outreach programs and services such as: Health Screenings Smoking Cessation Preventive Food Pantry Interpreter Services in over 240 Languages, 24 hours a day Seeing more than more than one million patient visits a year in over 70 medical specialties and subspecialties, BMC physicians are leaders in their fields with the most advanced medical technology at their fingertips and working alongside a highly-skilled nursing and professional staff. No matter who you meet at BMC – from the x-ray technologist to the critical care nurse, the admissions staff to the chief of surgery – everyone is committed to providing quality care to every patient and family member with respect, warmth and compassion.

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