Undergraduate Co-Op Research Assistant/ Per Diem / Rotating / BWH - Sleep Medicine at CareerBuilder

Posted in Other 19 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:


The Undergraduate Co-op Laboratory Technician assists in the execution of research protocols for the Circadian/Sleep Cores of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, which includes administration of polysomnograms, administration of computerized neurobehavioral tests, collection of multiple frequent biological specimens, monitoring data collection equipment, direct monitoring of study participants, and adherence to study protocols.

When not needed on the Intensive Physiological Monitoring unit, the Technician will work in the offices of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders to train in new skills, manage and assist with processing data, assist with study participant recruitment and screening, and assist with other duties as needed. When scheduling permits, the Technician may attend Journal Club meetings or scientific presentations for 1-2 hours per week.


Indicate key areas of responsibility, major job duties, special projects and key objectives for this position. These items should be evaluated throughout the year and included in the written annual evaluation.

• Carries out specialized experimental activities studies executed at the CCI, including, but not limited to, light exposure sessions, constant routines, maintenance of wakefulness tests, multiple sleep latency tests, monitored wake.

• Performs polysomnographic testing: sleep/wake EEG recording, applies electrodes and other monitoring sensors, as indicated; operates data collection equipment, monitors polysomnographic recordings. Able to operate and trouble-shoot computerized data collection systems, able to recognize good quality signals and trouble-shoot problem signals.

• Collects and processes biological specimens: certified by laboratory standardized testing to collect and prepare urine and saliva samples for later assay; assist with transport, sorting, and processing of blood samples.

• Administers and organizes neurobehavioral tests: Monitors computer-controlled administration of neurobehavioral tests; recovers computers after system failures with minimal supervision; administers written tests and questionnaires.

• Assists Project Leaders in preparation of paper documents, study suites, computer software and hardware for studies, and data collection/monitoring devices. Checks online data collection systems for quality control. Explains laboratory policies to subjects.

• Assists in the execution of remote and survey studies, including posting recruitment advertisements for participants, scheduling automated survey invitations, monitoring subject compliance and survey completion.

• Assists study team in recruitment and screening of potential participants in laboratory studies, including placing advertisements online and through the mail; sending information about studies to potential participants via email or mail; screening prospective participants for study participation through assessment of online screening survey responses or conducting phone screening questionnaires; scheduling screening visits.

• Assists Project Leaders in preparing data exports and graphs; enters and validates data; carries out literature searches; prepares study instruments, equipment, and/or materials, or other tasks needed for study execution. Conducts inventory of supplies and equipment to maintain stocks of supplies.

• Follows all standard operating procedures for the Circadian and Sleep Cores of the Division of Sleep Medicine, as well as the Center for Clinical Investigation. Follows Infection Control, Electrical Safety and other guidelines as mandated by OSHA, and follows Human Research guidelines as mandated by DHHS.

• Acts as a liaison between Investigators, hospital staff, CCI technical staff, administrative staff, subject recruiters, and research subjects to identify areas for quality and workflow improvements.

• Performs all other laboratory duties and projects as assigned.



1. High school graduate with at least one year of college credits required.
2. Must be current college undergraduate. Prefer individuals majoring in health science, biology, biological sciences, neuroscience, psychology, or related area and an interest in scientific research.
3. Strongly prefer individual with prior customer service experience. Prefer individuals with science or patient-care experience.


1. Good interpersonal skills, able to maintain positive working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, medical professionals, and study participants, to work cooperatively with peers, and able to perform his/her role in a team effort.
2. Excellent organizational skills, and ability to prioritize and manage time efficiently.
3. Ability to follow directions and SOPs carefully and consistently, and once trained, to work with a minimum of direct supervision.
4. Good oral and written communication skills.
5. Ability to continually learn new technical skills and to update existing skills; ability to learn and use a variety of software programs.
6. Able to function appropriately under time contraints. Excellent reasoning skills. Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in unexpected situations.
7. Ability to remain fully awake and alert while performing routine tasks or monitoring equipment or study participants, even in dim lighting conditions and during overnight hours.
8. Physically able to assist with the moving of testing supplies and equipment.
9. Demonstrates professionalism and maturity.


Day, evening, overnight and weekend shifts will be required; holiday shifts may be required.
Busy clinical laboratory environment. Timing of study events of critical. Occasional intense periods of work can be associated with particular scientific deadlines.
Potential exposure to blood-borne disease through contact with biological specimens.

EEO Statement

Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.