The MGH Neurology Multiple Sclerosis Imaging Lab affiliated with the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging is seeking a highly motivated individual with interest in imaging and clinical research to join our research program as a full-time Research Assistant/Clinical Coordinator investigating brain connectivity and microstructure changes as a result of multiple sclerosis. Under general direction of the Principal Investigator, the Clinical Coordinator is responsible for imaging acquisition and data analysis, including resting state functional connectivity, diffusion and anatomical imaging. Neuroimaging experience is optimal. Other responsibilities may include coordinating research study visits, general administrative tasks and maintaining general lab infrastructure.
This position is ideal for someone planning to attend graduate school in neuroscience, psychology, or medicine. There will be opportunities to learn multiple neuroimaging analysis techniques, as well as to develop your own research interests in the context of the lab’s aims. Coordinators are encouraged to attend the many local talks and seminars and there may be opportunities to present at national and international conferences. A two-year commitment is optimal. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position is expected to begin around June 2021.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Please note, the functions below are representative of major duties that are typically associated with these positions. Specific responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Similarly, not all duties that have been outlined will be assigned to each position.
- Perform imaging analysis, including analyzing resting state, diffusion and anatomical data and QA/QC checks
- Maintains records and databases
- Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports
- Assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials
- Collects & organizes patient data, including assisting in MRI scanning
- Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc.
- Conducts literature searches
- Verifies accuracy of study forms
- Updates study forms per protocol
- Documents patient visits and procedures
- Assists with regulatory binders and QA/QC procedures
- Assists with interviewing study subjects
- Administers and scores questionnaires
- Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects
- Performs study procedures, which may include phlebotomy.
- Assists with study regulatory submissions
- Writes consent forms
- Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria
- Performs administrative support duties as required
A Clinical Research Coordinator II performs the duties of a Clinical Research Coordinator I (above) and may also:
- Organize and interpret data with greater independence
- Writes code for imaging analysis pipelines
- Assists in preparation of manuscripts and grants
- Maintain research data, patient fields, regulatory binders and study databases
- Develop and implement recruitment strategies
- Act as a study resource for patient and family
- Monitor and evaluation lab and procedure data
- Evaluate study questionnaires
- Contribute to protocol recommendations
- Assist with preparation of annual review
- Exceptional computer and technical skills are required.
- Careful attention to details
- Good organizational skills
- Ability to follow directions
- Good communication skills
- Computer literacy
- Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
- Ability to demonstrate respect and professionalism for subjects’ rights and individual needs
The Clinical Research Coordinator II should also possess:
- Ability to work independently and as a team player
- Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems
- Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
- Working knowledge of data management program
Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates should optimally hold a degree in neuroscience, biology, psychology, computer science, engineering, math, physics or a related field.
New graduates with some relevant course/project work or those without any prior research experience will be considered for the Clinical Research Coordinator I position outlined above.
Those with a minimum of 1-2 years of directly related work experience will be considered for a Clinical Research Coordinator II position.
Experience with multiple operating systems (UNIX/LINUX, OS, Windows) is a plus. The successful candidate will be experienced with productivity software (OpenOffice, Microsoft Office) and statistical programs (SPSS, SAS). Familiarity with the following tools is highly desirable: Freesurfer, Matlab, FSL, scripting. Previous experience in neuroimaging or neuroanatomy is not required but strongly desirable.