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Senior Research Assistant

Location: Boston, MA
Post Date: 11/30/2020
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Position: Senior Research Assistant

Department: Clinical Addiction Research & Education Unit

Schedule: 40 hours/Days

The Senior Research Assistant (RA) will work on several federally funded research studies examining interventions to decrease overdose risk. The Senior RA will assist in clinical research activities and, with the oversight of the Project Manager, aid in study coordination. We are seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Senior RA.

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is a large academic medical center and a recognized leader in groundbreaking medical research. The Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit at BMC conducts research, educates health professionals, provides health care, and informs practice and policy to improve addiction treatment and care delivery to help people in need.

The Senior RA will work primarily on the Pronto and REBOOT studies, as well other smaller scale studies as needed. The Pronto Study is an observational study examining the impact of public health-public safety post-overdose outreach programs and REBOOT is a randomized controlled trial evaluating a counseling intervention to reduce opioid overdose risk. The Senior RA will work closely with the team's Project Manager to support day-to-day study activities.

BMC is driven by a commitment to care for all people as part of our mission to provide exceptional care, without exception. Our team works with a diverse group of research study participants and community stakeholders, and we believe that marginalized communities should be centered in our work. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with lived experience with substance use, and members of other marginalized communities to apply.

What you will do

Your main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with and coordinating participant recruitment and screening
  • Data collection, entry, management, and quality assurance
  • Delivering the REBOOT study intervention
  • Maintaining study regulatory documents
  • Collaborating with community partners
  • Preparing data requests to outside institutions
  • Aiding in qualitative data analysis
  • Assisting with IRB submissions
  • Miscellaneous administrative support like scheduling and taking meeting minutes
  • Participating in (and occasionally leading) meetings and ongoing trainings
  • May provide technical supervision or peer mentorship of junior staff

What you need

  • 3 years of relevant work experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience (for example, a bachelor's and 1-2 years experience)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrate a commitment to our team's core values:
    • Teamwork: You communicate with and build up your teammates. You are considerate and aware of how what you say and do impacts your colleagues.
    • Mindfulness and Open-Mindedness: You are respectful, kind, and flexible. You avoid making assumptions about people and are mindful of how our work, language, and actions impact our study participants and the communities we serve.
    • High Quality Work: You are reliable and take initiative. You pay attention to the details and ask for help when needed.
    • Professional Growth: You are curious and excited to learn new things. You own up to mistakes, ask questions, and are receptive to feedback.
    • Work/Life Balance: You approach your work with a positive attitude, value self-care, and communicate honestly about your workload.

What you get

  • Join an active research unit and learn about cutting edge addiction medicine research projects
  • Learn best practices in research conduct and management
  • Mentorship from public health professionals
  • A competitive benefit package including robust health insurance, paid vacation, and commuter benefits


    Req id: 17123 Apply