RESEARCH ASSISTANT II - TMS / DAY / 40 HOURS / BWH NEUROLOGY at CareerBuilder

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts





Job Description:

GENERAL SUMMARY/OVERVIEW STATEMENT:



Coordination of clinical trials involving noninvasive brain stimulation, primarily transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression and anxiety. This is a clinical research position that entails interaction with psychiatric patients and their caregivers.


Responsibilities will primarily include administering clinical treatments using robotic MRI-targeted TMS. Also assists professional staff in coordinating investigator-initiated studies and imaging/biomarker trials according to study guidelines, including but not limited to performing cognitive testing, recruiting participants for studies, scheduling appointments, assuring completion of visits and accurate data collection and entry, data processing, assisting in IRB submissions, interacting with regulatory personnel, and supervising other research assistants and students/volunteers assigned duties within these studies. Also, assists PI with data analyses.


The Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics is a joint initiative across the departments of neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and radiology. The goal of the Center is to improve care for patients with brain disease by directly targeting brain circuits responsible for neurological and psychiatric symptoms. Advanced brain imaging is used to identify these circuits and tools such as deep brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and focused ultrasound are used to modulate these circuits for symptom relief. The Center includes clinical, research, and educational components.



Qualifications

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



  • Administers TMS procedures under the supervision of a physician, including use of advanced TMS equipment and neuro-navigation to guide TMS therapy to the appropriate brain region.

  • Coordinates the implementation, both internally and externally, of clinical trials.

  • Initiates and maintains contact with study participants. Responsible for screening applicants, ensuring they meet appropriate criteria, and judging the suitability of their participation. Will also administer clinical tests such as cognitive assessments or questionnaires.

  • In collaboration with Principal Investigator, develops and implements patient recruitment strategies.

  • Develops, organizes, and/or maintains study databases as needed. Responsible for data validation and quality control.

  • In conjunction with Principal Investigator, develops and implements new research protocols including design, data collection systems and institutional review board approval.

  • Recommends changes to research protocols.

  • Assisting with MRI image acquisition and MRI data processing, including construction and de-bugging of data analysis pipelines.

  • Performs literature searches, as appropriate.

  • Assists PI with preparation for presentation and written published articles (with co-authorship credit).

  • Responsible for training and orienting new staff. May serve as a team leader or in a supervisory capacity in a smaller area.

  • All other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS:



  • Bachelor's Degree in psychology, neuroscience, biology/biomedical sciences, or a related field.

  • One year of previous clinical experience with psychiatric populations is preferred but not required.

  • Sound independent judgment and competence in standards of clinical care and/or clinical research.


SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:



  • Ability to work independently in a clinical setting.

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

  • Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical or research problems and issues and to interpret the acceptability of data results.

  • High degree of computer literacy, ideally with some computer programming experience.

  • Careful attention to detail.

  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects' rights and individual needs.


WORKING CONDITIONS:



  • Office and clinic environment.

  • Must be able to travel between hospital and research buildings carrying study documents and materials.






EEO Statement

Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

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