Clinical Research Assistant (Clinical, Behavioral, and Outcomes Research)
Joslin Diabetes Center - Boston, MA

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The Clinical Research Assistant (Clinical, Behavioral and Outcomes Research) is responsible for data collection and outcome assessment of study participants. Providing general clinical and administrative support to study team, this position ensures accurate data collection and testing to provide quality care to study participants and to reach the goals of the study.

  • Coordinate and run study visits including scheduling appointments and instructing participants on visit process. Take study visit outcomes, including taking vital signs, height, weight, and body measurements, performing electrocardiograms, performing routine venous blood drawings, and collecting urine samples.
  • Prepare blood samples for processing by spinning in centrifuge, and transferring blood serum to tubes to be stored until shipment.
  • Maintain study participation by developing positive relationships, scheduling follow up appointments, encouraging continued involvement in study.
  • Collect and record participant data in study database within guidelines set by the study protocol, IRB, and study sponsor.
  • Responsible for basic administrative duties for study including routine mailings, follow-up phone calls to participants, preparing study packets for participant visits, and ordering supplies as needed.
  • Prepare and maintain exam rooms for study visits.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry or related science, or Medical Assistant Certificate with at least one-year clinical research experience.
  • Experience with routine clinical and laboratory procedures preferred.
  • Ability to perform repetitive work according to set procedures, sequence and pace.
  • Ability to speak on a one-to-one basis to explain study protocols and processes.
  • Ability to consistently perform detailed work to ensure accuracy in collecting and recording data, and processing and shipping samples.
  • Ability to perform basic phlebotomy skills, including drawing blood, preferred.
  • Ability to establish rapport for study participants in order to perform tests to obtain study outcomes and to aid participant retention.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments to complete work in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently to facilitate patient flow, prepare exam rooms, and take study visit outcomes.

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