As a member of the Division of Rheumatology, Inflammation, and Immunity, the research assistant will work primarily on a funded study to establish infrastructure to assess social determinants of health for individuals with rheumatic conditions at Mass General Brigham (MGB), and to implement an adaptive trial to study different strategies to address these issues. With the Principal Investigator and collaborators across MGB, the research assistant will coordinate and carry out study-related activities such as institutional review board submissions, recruitment, patient education, trial implementation, data collection, organization, and presentation. The research assistant will be asked to synthesize and present data, prepare and organize study-related documents, presentations and progress reports, and assemble abstracts for national conferences. The research assistant will work as part of a team more broadly studying and addressing health equity-related issues in rheumatology. They will need to be able to work under supervision and communicate regularly with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, patients, administrators, biostatisticians, programmers, and other research assistants.
This position provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic, clinical research setting with a specific focus on health equity in care delivery. The position is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing careers in medicine, clinical research, or public health, and particularly for a person interested in health equity research, women's health and social determinants of health.
Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Mass General Brigham, is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. We place great value on being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization as we aim to reflect the diversity of the patients we serve. At Mass General Brigham, we believe in equal access to quality care, employment and advancement opportunities encompassing the full spectrum of human diversity: race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other forms of human presence and expression that make us better able to provide innovative and cutting-edge healthcare and research.
Organizes study staff meetings and recruitment for one main and several smaller health equity-related studies, identify potential subjects, following study criteria. Keeps organized, accurate, and up to date databases and maintains up to date records on all research subjects.
Contacts and collects data on subjects in clinical research studies. This may include the administration of study questionnaires either in person or on the phone.
Codes and enters data according to written protocols. Participates in data analysis and presentation through grant progress reports, abstracts submissions, posters and manuscripts.
Provides information such as recruitment and data collection details for manuscript and abstract writing, completion of progress reports, institutional review board and clinicaltrials.gov submissions for research protocols, annual reviews, and presentations (including preparation of graphics).
Contributes to drafting of regular reports, human subjects' annual reviews, and protocols for executing projects in accordance with proposed aims and methodology. Assists with drafting formats for questionnaires, surveys, interviews, and other instruments as needed for research projects, assuring ease in administration and accuracy of data entry.
Provides investigators with current references. Researches the literature and follows up on specific requests from research staff.
Works collaboratively and communicates effectively with an interdisciplinary team across Mass General Brigham
Bachelor's degree required.
Excellent writing skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Superior organizational skills
Research experience strongly preferred
Strong dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with a track record in this area
Proficiency in Spanish preferred.
Skills, Abilities, Competencies Required
Keyboard/typing skills for data entry.
Must have interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons with chronic diseases to gain their cooperation.
Must be able to prioritize and organize work responsibilities to meet deadlines so as to not hamper the progress of studies.
Must possess integrity to maintain confidentiality.
Must demonstrate accuracy in recording data.
Must be able to make judgments under close supervision, take initiative but ask for help when needed.
Must be dedicated to advancing health equity.
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Affirmative Action Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.