GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:
The Medical Chronobiology Program investigates the mechanisms underlying the daily variation in disease severity, the consequences of circadian disturbances, such as in night shift work, and the role of meal timing and genetics in cardiometabolic function and disease.
Working under the supervision of a Research Manager or Principal Investigator and following established policies and procedures, provides assistance on clinical research studies. May be responsible for the following activities: recruiting and evaluating subjects for studies; collecting, organizing, and analyzing research data; scheduling subjects for study visit; maintaining and updating data generated by the study while using specific equipment and assays during the in-laboratory portions of research protocols which will include combinations of day/evening/ night/weekend shifts.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision of a Research Manager and/or Principal Investigator the Research Assistant will be responsible for protocols being carried out by the Medical Chronobiology Program in the Division of Sleep Medicine.
1. Provide assistance on clinical research studies as per study guidelines and protocols that will include combinations of day/evening/night/weekend shifts.
2. Recruit and evaluates potential study subjects per protocol guidelines. Per protocol instructions, post advertisements for subject recruitment, conducts telephone interviews and schedules patient for study visit and screening. May be required to perform clinical tests such as EKGs, blood pressure measurement, Hip- Waist ratio, etc.
3. Interact with patients/subjects with regard to study, including patient education, procedural instruction, and follow-up.
4. Responsible for collecting data. May be required to input data, do analysis and run various reports. Maintain subjects' records as part of record keeping function.
5. Helps with mailing various study information or packets to study participants.
6. Answer any telephone calls and inquiries regarding study protocol. Refer study participants when appropriate to Research Manager and/or Principal Investigator.
7. Monitor and set up any needed equipment for study protocols.
8. Assists with performing measurements of several study parameters on human subjects while using specific equipment and assays during the in-laboratory portions of research protocols such as:
Non-invasive blood pressure and heart rate assessment from brachial artery (Spacelabs), assessment of resting metabolic rate (Calorimeter), assessment of glucose tolerance, beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity using highly-standardized mixed meal tests and frequently-sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test, tracking of food intake timing, amount and composition via time-stamped photo's through smart-phone application.
9. Demonstrates professionalism and respect for subject rights and individual needs.
10. Collaborates with hospital personnel to ensure proper execution of research protocols.
11. Monitors supplies and equipment necessary to conduct protocols.
12. Performs all other functions in order to complete research protocols. May be requested to assist investigators in the preparation of IRB amendments and continuing reviews, SOPs, progress reports, grant proposals and manuscripts as needed.
13. Coordinates in-lab visits:
a. Responsible for coordinating the inpatient staffing arrangements of the research studies for which you are the primary recruiter. This includes working with the Principal Investigator, Project Leader, Division staff, CCI staff, and the study candidates to schedule studies.
b. Ensure proper equipment and procedures are in place before a study, to monitor data quality, and monitor procedural adherence on a regular basis.
14. May be responsible for maintaining and organizing freezers.
15. May be responsible for coordinating and planning meetings and Journal Clubs, taking notes and making agendas.
16. May be responsible for maintaining equipment and supplies and serving as the contact for outside vendors and training entities.
17. Arranges and sends out blood samples when needed.
18. Performs other duties as required.
1. BA/BS degree required; health science, biology, neuroscience, psychology degree preferred.
2. Prefer individuals with science or patient-care background and interest in scientific research.
3. Must be flexible to a work schedule involving day/evening/night/weekend shifts based on demands of the research protocols.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
1. Must possess good organizational and interpersonal skills.
2. Familiarity with Windows-based computers required. Must be able to continually learn new computer skills and update existing skills.
3. Ability to maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and work cooperatively with peers.
4. Ability to work effectively as a member of a research team. Display initiative and sound judgment in crisis or unexpected situations. Take on additional work when required
5. Able to prioritize and manage time efficiently.
6. Ability to follow directions carefully, and once trained, to work with a minimum of direct supervision.
During research studies, nights, overnights and weekend shifts will be required.
Busy laboratory environment. Occasional intense periods of work can be associated with particular scientific deadlines. May require the lifting, carrying of specimens or supplies, and the pushing, pulling cart of specimens or supplies.
Potential exposure to blood-borne diseases through contact with biological specimens.
Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.