This is a fully funded 24 month Research Assistant position starting June 1, 2021. The research assistant, working under the direct supervision of the study Principal Investigator and following established policies and procedures, provides assistance for clinical research studies. The RA will require professionalism, self-motivation and an ability to work independently. There will be training in all required tasks initially and throughout the project. The RA may be responsible for the following activities: maintaining and updating research data, cleaning and performing quality control on study data, developing and running statistical code to support research studies, generating data visualizations using statistical software including R. Additional responsibilities may include recruiting and evaluating patients for studies; collecting, entering and organizing patient data; scheduling patients for study visits; and contacting patients in follow up.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides assistance on clinical research studies as per study guidelines and protocols.
Performs quality control assessments on study data. Using established laboratory protocols, evaluates study data for outliers, missing values, and test-retest variability, and generates reports documenting quality control results. Work directly with the PI and biostatician collaborator to implement quality control procedures.
Develops and executes statistical code to support research studies. Working with the PI and biostatician collaborator, develop new and implement existing statistical code to support data analyses. Statistical analyses will primarily be performed in STATA and R, but other software (e.g. Python) may also be used. Analyses will include basic descriptive statistics, regression, time-to-event analyses, and methods for high dimensional data analysis including ridge regression and random forest analysis.
Generating data visualizations to support study analyses. Working with the PI, biostatician collaborator, and other study staff, generate appropriate data visualizations to support data analyses. It is anticipated that data visualizations we be primarily performed in STATA and R, but other software may also be used.
Responsible for collecting and maintaining data analysis code for study analyses, and documentation detailing analyses performed.
Work with PI, biostatistician collaborator, and study staff to develop, maintain, and update documentation detailing methods for study analyses.
Depending on candidate's interest, responsibilities may also include recruiting and evaluating patients for studies; collecting, entering and organizing patient data; scheduling patients for study visits; and contacting patients in follow up.
All other duties, as assigned.
Graduate degree, preferably in biostatistics, epidemiology, or public health, or bachelor's degree with prior research experience.
Interest in clinical research strongly preferred.
Able to multitask and assign priorities in a busy environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with a diverse study team.
Able to work well with a collaborative team.
Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
General knowledge of clinical research principles.
Experience and knowledge of MS Office computer programs (Word, Excel), etc.
Experience and knowledge of statistical principles and statistical software. Proficiency with STATA and/or R is preferred.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
Candidate MUST be highly organized and have precise attention to detail.
Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects' rights.
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.