BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL

JOB TITLE:  Asthma Research Center

Study Coordinator (Research Assistant II)

DEPT: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Asthma Research Center

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The study coordinator (RAII) works with the Principle Investigator, Project Manager and study team to manage all aspects of designated clinical trial activities funded by the NIH and pharmaceutical companies. These include screening, enrolling and following subjects through the study timelines, managing administrative aspects of these trials, and monitoring the studies’ progress to assure data quality and adherence to ARC and study-specific protocols as well as timelines.  The position requires a detail-oriented individual with an ability to understand study protocols, obtain appropriate certifications for pulmonary function testing (PFT) and maintain research records, adhere to time-lines and disseminate information to subjects, peers and managers.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Assists in the development and planning for the implementation of procedures for research studies evaluating asthma treatments and medicines.
2. Reviews and understands study specific protocols and ARC procedures, obtains appropriate certifications.
3. Actively contributes to the recruitment of study subjects for ARC and own studies. This includes assisting with developing and implementation of recruitment strategies, telephone screening of potential subjects, enlisting participation by scheduling appointments and sending out necessary paperwork.
4. Performs study visits, including review of consent with subjects, PFTs, following ARC procedures for study visits, and appropriate follow up with subjects.
5. Collects and reviews study data, ensuring compliance with protocol and data integrity. Refers appropriate clinical issues/questions to respective medical staff.
6. Adheres to the administrative aspects of trials, including data quality, protocol violation reporting and adverse event reporting, and accurately and promptly maintains study related logs.
7. Serves as the principle-purchasing agent for supplies and materials needed to conduct research activities and must keep excellent records and logs.
8. Responsible for the data management involved with sample collection and processing. Will track blood samples, urine samples and all other biomarker data collected from study participants. Will be responsible for entering all specimen data into the database and will maintain and update logs of frozen sample storage in –800 C. freezers.
9. Assists with sample collection and processing of biological specimens, (blood, sputum, urine, lung biopsies and bronchial fluids etc.) collected from studies for analysis (i.e. cell count) or long-term storage. This activity includes all slide preparation, reading and interpretation of cell differentials.
10. Responsible for assisting with the maintenance of patient information database for study. This includes input data, do minimum analysis and run various reports. Maintains patients records as part of record keeping function. Compiles charts and statistics for lab meetings and compiles meeting minutes.
11. Assists with maintaining lab equipment and supplies. Responsible for providing clean and or sterile components for study equipment, and is responsible for conducting selected quality control procedures on lab equipment.
12. All other duties as assigned.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. BA or BS required.
  2. MS/MPH or health related degree with at least one year’s experience conducting clinical trial is preferred.
  3. Individuals with extensive clinical trials experience without an advanced degree will be considered.
  4. Proficiency with Microsoft Access or similar database program.
  5. Knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook
  6. Sound independent judgment and competence in research methodologies.

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Strong organizational abilities.
  • Strong analytical and computer skills required, proficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with both internal and external communications.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet established timelines.
  • Ability to work under deadlines to meet recruitment and project deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and within a group environment.
  • Ability to interact effectively with individuals from various backgrounds and fields of expertise.
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects rights and individual needs.
  • Clinical experience in performing pulmonary function testing and general clinical procedures (such as spirometry, methacholine challenges, sputum inductions, exercise physiology, allergy skin testing, blood drawing, vital signs) a plus.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Will work 100% of the time in the Asthma Research Center, this includes the Research Office and the Research Lab where subject testing is completed.  The office is shared with several other staff (e.g., Study Coordinators and Project Managers).   Specific workspace will be assigned in the Research Office and includes sharing of general space with other staff.


Please contact:

Juan Carlos Cardet, MD
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Assistant Director of the Asthma Research Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Divisions of Allergy & Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine

mailto:jcardet@bwh.harvard.edu