Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Clinical Research Assistant I in Boston, Massachusetts

Clinical Research Assistant I

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Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts

Req ID 18577BR

Department Description: nullJob Location: Boston, MAReq ID: 18577BRJob Summary: Responsible for screening research subjects for participation in clinical research projects, enrolling research subjects onto these studies, monitoring protocol implementation, completing required forms and reporting results. Works closely with other clinical research staff.

Department Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Assists in preparing study participants for MRI scans and carries them out with weekly supervision.

  • Administers electroencephalogram (EEG) and eye movement tracking depending on specific protocol. Works with, stores and analyzes multi-site imaging and EEG data.

  • Assists in data entry and analyses.

  • Maintains the hardware and software programs within the image processing laboratory.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Independently or in conjunction with other clinical research staff and/or research nurse, recruits and enrolls research subjects onto clinical research projects according to study protocols. May assess research subjects' eligibility for inclusion in a particular protocol based on contracts with physicians and nurses and knowledge of the protocol.

  • Checks all eligibility and ineligibility criteria with the research subjects' medical record. Verifies information with clinical research nurse and/or principal investigator.

  • Discusses informed consent with research subjects. Interacts with research subjects prior to entering the study and throughout the entire treatment. Assists with scheduling appointments and follow up tests.

  • Learns protocol and monitors strict adherence to protocols by physicians, nurses and research subjects. Reviews protocol requirements with physicians, nurses and fellows. Identifies any problems with protocol compliance and notifies principal investigator and/or research nurse. Begins to learn how to independently resolve problems with protocol.

  • Extracts data on protocol subjects from hospital records, outpatient charts and private physician office records in order to complete case report forms required by specific protocols. Enters data into computerized system.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required.

  • Working knowledge of computerized data (word processing, spreadsheets, and database).

  • Experience with computer systems including Linux-based operating systems.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience and/or exposure to adolescents and adults with serious mental illness; capacity to seek and accept training and supervision to interact safely and professionally with individuals whose reality testing, mood regulation, behavior and/or hygiene may be impaired.

  • Experience with Python or MATLAB and a statistical programming language is strongly preferred.

  • Previous clinical research experience.


  • Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus