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Research Assistant (Translational)

Company: Joslin Diabetes Center
Location: Boston
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

As a member of both the bench research and clinical research teams, the Translational Research Assistant (TRA) contributes to the conduct of a portfolio of clinical research protocols and analysis of samples. The TRA works with study participants and their families, performs a variety of study operations and research duties.ResponsibilitiesIn all activities, adhere to Good Clinical Practice guidelines and maintain patient confidentiality per HIPAA regulationsIdentify potentially eligible participants using appropriate data sourcesAssess eligibility of potential study participantsBecome familiar with relevant content of all relevant study protocolsCommunicate clinical trial updates to other team membersDescribe studies to potential participants, explain rationale for and details of participationObtain informed consent and assent, when appropriateSchedule study visits and prepare relevant materials for each visit (tubes, paperwork, etc.)Arrange participant travel, as applicableCollect primary data from study participants and their guardiansAfter completing training, perform phlebotomy, measure vital signs, perform EKG and other relevant procedures and testsEnsure that study visits and source documents are completed in accordance with study protocols, including verifying the work of other staff membersEnter data into electronic data capture forms and respond to queriesProcess laboratory samples and ship to central laboratoriesEnsure timely reporting of abnormal findings to investigator and participantsDocument and communicate all serious adverse events and other safety reports to the study team and investigatorMaintain up-to-date inventory of study supplies and place ordersModify study documents, such as informed consent form and recruitment materials, when neededPrepare documents for submission to IRB-may include initial protocol submissions, protocol amendments, annual continuing review, etc.Maintain all regulatory and subject binders in audit-ready conditionCorrespond with study sponsors, contract research organizations, and other collaborators, as applicableAssist with study start-up and close-out activities, as relevantParticipate in study teleconferences, attend team meetings, and attend national meetings and/or investigator meetings, as relevant (may involve travel)Participate in occasional off-site recruitment events (requires some schedule flexibility)Perform operations of the laboratory including maintain electronic records of inventory, track supplies and stocks, order routine supplies and stocks as needed, coordinate the maintenance of a clean and safe lab environment, and schedule maintenance and repair services for equipment.Support research activities including making reagents and stocks, process clinical samples for storage and laboratory analysis, recombinant protein production and purification, perform assays including ELISPOT, Flow Cytometry, and ELISA. Perform molecular biology techniques including PCR and quantitative PCR as needed for experiments.Other duties as assigned.QualificationsBachelor's degree (relevant field of study is preferred)1-2 years post-graduate work experience preferred but not requiredProficient knowledge of Microsoft Office SuiteFluency in written and spoken EnglishFamiliarity with basic laboratory instruments and equipment - in a laboratory setting.Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information - maintain confidentialityAbility to follow general instructions and procedures, as provided.Strong organizational and communication skills (communicate clearly and effectively via verbal and written instruction).Attention to detail and ability to concentrate on multiple tasksAbility to prioritize responsibilities - through completion.Ability to work independently and with others in the lab - to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts.Ability to work with minimal oversight, after training periodProfessional and warm in demeanor, especially when relating to study participants and their familiesGraphic design/layout skills (to design brochures, flyers, etc.) desirableFlexible schedule as necessary to accommodate study patients and recruitment activities Joslin is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minority/Female/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans. Joslin values diversity and inclusion, and we encourage diversity applicants.Joslin Diabetes Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it is the policy of Joslin to prohibit discrimination of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, marital/parental status, disability status, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law. PDN-986a2871-58cf-46c9-b353-5d7527637526

Keywords: Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston , Research Assistant (Translational), Other , Boston, Massachusetts

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