Job Summary and Responsibilities
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Harvard affiliated Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) is the leading geriatric research institute in the Boston area. The Musculoskeletal Research Center’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary research to understand the mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal diseases, and prevent their occurrence, progression and disabling outcomes in older persons. The project director for this position will be working with the Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center in conducting clinical trials of novel treatments for osteoporosis and muscle loss to preserve function in the senior population.
The Research Project Director (PD) will perform a wide variety of duties to help Principal Investigator coordinate all phases of clinical research, and assist in the creation and management of appropriate infrastructure necessary to support clinical research programs and research activities. The PD will work under the direction and report to the Principal Investigator.
- Organize study start-up (writing standard operating procedure (SOP) manual, development of electronic data collection tools, broad study organization)
- Oversee execution of study protocol (data gathering, randomization, fidelity to intervention)
- Oversee data management (ensure electronic data capture aligns with manual of operations)
- Coordinate and attend all regular study meetings
- Prepare documents and report to the Institutional Review Board and Data Safety and Monitoring Board
- Ensure regulatory compliance including both governmental (NIA, FDA) and institutional (IRB), Office of Human Subjects Protection (OHRP) and adherence to HIPAA regulations
- Ensure that informed consent is obtained, and when working with nursing home populations or cognitively impaired populations, following established governmental guidelines
- Guide and encourage complete participation in study protocols and forge productive working relationships with participants, families, research team members, internal and external collaborators and vendors
- Review, evaluate, and produce verbal or written reports as directed by supervisor and perform special projects or other related duties as responsibilities necessitate
- Occasionally serve as a consultant to IFAR principal investigators and provide functional leadership to institute research coordinators to facilitate successful studies
- Present to professional and lay community through co-authored publications and oral presentations as necessary
- RN or equivalent experience administering injections, drawing blood, etc. in a research setting required
- The ideal candidate will have had formal training in Good Clinical Practice for Clinical Trials Research and prior experience in the direction of rigorous and complex funded clinical research projects, preferably clinical trials.
- Prior experience creating instruments for electronic data collection (EDC) and implementing and managing EDC management system is an asset.
- An understanding of clinical and research pertinent to older nursing home residents would also be considered an asset.
- Excellent communication in English (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
- Have excellent computer skills including MSOffice, Pub Med searches, and use of internet applications for online meetings. Must have solid foundation or aptitude to learn electronic data capture systems.
- Working knowledge of the regulations governing the conduct of human studies research.
- Must be extremely self motivated, and detail oriented with excellent problem solving skills
- Must be able to demonstrate ability to be flexible, must be able and willing to adapt to change and learn new technologies.
Hebrew SeniorLife is the largest provider of elder care in the Boston metropolitan area. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization devoted to innovative gerontology and geriatric research , senior health care , long-term nursing home care , and Greater Boston senior housing communities that improve the lives of older adults. From independent living to assisted living , Hebrew SeniorLife provides retirement communities in Massachusetts that are designed to help older adults live healthy independent lives.
Hebrew SeniorLife - 11 months ago