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Research Assistant

Job Description

Job ID:

20 Prospect Street, Milford, MA 01757

Research Laboratory

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


The Division of Population Sciences is looking for a Research Assistant I (RAI) to work on a variety of cancer research projects that focus on both pediatric and adult patient populations.† The Research Assistantís efforts will primarily be focused on conducting medical record reviews, interacting with study participants in person and remotely, conducting interviews and administering surveys, maintaining regulatory documents, and tracking all study documentation and communication. The RA will work with other Research Assistants, Project Managers, and a variety of clinicians and researchers to accomplish the aims of the projects.†† ††

  • Conduct medical record reviews for a variety of cancer types with a focus on tracking the trajectory of patient care and outcomes after a cancer diagnosis.
  • Collect and enter research data.
  • Interview study participants remotely or in person.
  • Recruit patients to participate in clinical and socio-behavioral research studies.
  • Maintain study databases and project documentation with organization and accuracy.
  • Assist with documentation for and communication with institutional review board; maintain regulatory documentation.
  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all study materials and data.
  • Assist team in the coordination of project-related activities.
  • Assist with coordination and preparation of project related meetings as requested and may be responsible for meeting minutes.
  • Assist in preliminary analysis of data.
  • Conduct relevant literature searches and reviews as requested.
  • Other project-related or administrative responsibilities as requested by management.


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, natural or social science or pre med preferred. Prior experience in public health or health policy strongly preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will have education, experience, and/or interest in:

    • Working directly with patients, caregivers, and study participants
    • Conducting medical record reviews
    • Data collection and entry
    • Cancer-related research
    • Patient-centered outcomes
    • Public Health
    • Medicine
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dependable, motivated and willingness to learn new tasks.
  • Computer skills, including prior use of Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to relate effectively in-person and on the telephone to diverse groups of patients, community members, physicians, nurses, researchers, children and parents.
  • Excellent organization, communication and problem-solving skills.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.† As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.† Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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