The Harvard T.H. Chan Department of Nutrition is currently seeking a Research Assistant (RAII) for the Harvard/BWH Cohorts Biorepository (BHCB). Harvard Chan working closely with the The Channing Chronic Disease Epidemiology unit (CDE) conducts several of the largest, most intensively studied longitudinal cohorts in the world. Biospecimens from these (and other well-known research studies) are collected managed and distributed by the BHCB. As one of the largest longitudinal biorepositories in the country, the BHCB manages the safe storage of over 3 million research biospecimens and distributes an average of 50,000 specimens annually for research. With the goal of furthering our mission and advancing a broad range of complex, chronic disease and public health research we are embarking on a new study focused on the human microbiome. The Microbiome Among Nurses (Micro-N) study will collect microbiome samples from up to 25,000 research participants.
The Research Assistant will assist the Project Manager in performing duties associated with the recruitment, management and coordination of research participants into the Micro-N study. Routine duties, as well as communicating and troubleshooting issues in the collection as they arise, will include a broad variety of tasks and responsibilities.
Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Act as the first point of contact between study participants and the investigative team. This includes creating enrollment schedules and timelines for study correspondence; relaying study-specific information; and answering any questions the subject may have. Professional and courteous discussion of sensitive information is often necessary
Plan recruitment to create a steady flow of new participants into the study, which includes organizing outreach efforts
Communicate directly with participants, tracking and responding to written requests, via phone and email, including sending and answering official study emails/mailings
Prepare a variety of written and web based materials for research participants, which includes organizing and overseeing study documentation
Work closely with Project Manager to create and maintain relationships with vendors involved in the study
Under the direction of the Project Manager, work closely with members of the data management and information management teams to create, test and deploy electronic workflows such as online questionnaires, online consents, and automated email correspondence
Assist with data entry as needed
Work closely with point people within the study team to generate reports requested by study PIs and funding agencies
Contribute to activities such as writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), general lab maintenance, ordering supplies, and special projects
Assist the Project Manager with day-to-day operations of specific projects including logistics, scheduling, resource/equipment planning, and staff communications, including coordinating meetings and meeting agendas with a variety of internal and external stake holders
Manage collection of project-specific data in the form of CRF's and project reports
Maintain accurate and detailed study records suitable for IRB review, including coordinating documentation for IRB submissions
Continuously evaluate data collection tools and processes and offer solutions to ensure they are meeting the needs of the study
Lead small projects related to improving existing processes or launching new projects
Partner closely with Project Managers and team members on protocol/process development for existing and future collections
All other duties as required
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from the date of hire, with the possibility for extension.
The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School's mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year. Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date. Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service. Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools. Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute. Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services. Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
2+ years of related work experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered
Bachelor's degree is strongly preferred
Experience with Excel, Word and file management
Strong attention to detail, and accuracy with study data and numeric identification numbers
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
High degree of customer service and business acumen
Experience working with various internal teams (including technical) to execute on requirements
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48585BR
About Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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