Research Associate

Waltham, MA
Sep 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bentley University

Bentley Campus

Job Description Summary
This is a grant-funded, one year term position with the option of renewal at Bentley's discretion. The grant is currently funded for a period of three years.

The Health Thought Leadership Network (Health TLN) at Bentley University is a collaborative research network bridging traditional boundaries of academia, healthcare, and industry to build new partnerships and advance health research that matters. The Health TLN is a collaborative network of 40+ faculty and staff across 18 departments bridging traditional boundaries in healthcare to foster new partnerships and advance health research that matters and acts as an additional resource to Bentley and its corporate partners.

The Bentley Health TLN is seeking a Research Associate to work on a mixed methods project to assess the feasibility of using pharmacogenetic diagnostics with opioid dependent patients outside of clinical settings. The Research Associate will also help develop tools to assess attitudes of opioid dependent patients, treatment staff, and medical professionals, on using genomic testing to assess medication management and assist with diagnosis and therapeutic decision making. The Research Associate will work with senior researchers to learn and adapt advanced genomics data analytics methods and coordinate data collection among opioid dependent patient populations using qualitative research methodologies. The Research Associate will have the opportunity to work with faculty in the Health TLN on other relevant research projects. The ideal candidate will have had training and/or experience in mixed methods of data collection and analysis complementing the mission of collaborative research in the Health TLN.
Essential Duties

• Coordinate interviews with opioid dependent patients, treatment staff, and medical professionals.

• Design and submit Institutional Review Board (IRB) documents.

• Collect patient information, administer diagnostic tests, and formulate surveys.

• Develop protocols to insure informed consent and protection in research study populations.

• Demonstrate basic knowledge of the role that genomics has in the development of disease.

• Recruit reviewers for literature analysis of genetic links to opioid dependence and response to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

• Apply the basic public health sciences to opioid addiction and surveillance utilizing the genomic vocabulary.

• Identify ethical and medical limitations of pharmacogenetics testing in addiction populations.

• Maintain knowledge on the development of genetic advances.

• Identify the role of cultural, social, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors in the development and treatment of addiction.

• Demonstrate a basic understanding of qualitative methodologies.

• Develop experience in qualitative data collection methodologies.

• Assist in drafting, submission, and management of grant applications. Schedule and attend periodic meetings with research partners to discuss research directions and provide updates.

Other Duties:

• Interact with senior researchers and other technical team members to analyze source system data to understand the data structure and definitions.

• Coordinate recruitment of study subjects and participant interviews.

• Coordinate, schedule and conduct regularly scheduled meetings. Location and dates to be mutually agreed upon by both parties.

o 1 call/week with RA and External Research Partner

o 1 call/month with RA and team from Bentley and External research partner

o 2 in-person meeting per year (minimum) at Gravity Diagnostics with all team members from Bentley and External Research Partner

• Assist in data collection.

• Manage confidential data following IRB guidelines.

• Ensure the confidentiality of data files and the protection of researchers and participants from involuntary disclosure.

• Maintain a database of current literature and policies on opioid use.

• Assist in development of data collection tools (survey and interview instruments).

• Extract and curate bioinformatics data using industry best practices for security and efficiency

• Elicit, document, and analyze data needs and requirements.

• Analyze data and reporting solutions to understand impact, correlations/discrepancies, and to propose changes/alternate solutions.

• Create protocols for importing, exporting, analyzing, mapping and converting data.

• Analyze bioinformatics data using software packages, statistical applications, or data mining techniques.

• Conduct quality assessments of data inputs and resulting analyses and contribute to Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) documents.
• Master's degree in public health genetics/genomics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or related discipline.
• A degree and/or experience/demonstrated knowledge in public health surveillance, public health indicators, epidemiology, and addiction surveillance and control, social sciences.
• Experience with genomics data management and analysis.
• Experience with project management.
• Experience with quantitative methods and analysis.
• Experience with grant writing.
• Experience with recruiting participants for research studies, consenting participants, conducting interviews, and managing confidential data.
• Experience with meeting coordination and logistical support.
• Working knowledge of opioid surveillance and related current public health issues.
• Knowledge of Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures and ethical requirements for conducting research with human subjects.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience working with inter-disciplinary research teams.
• Ability to analyze information and provide feedback and improvement suggestions.
• Have/build appropriate depth and breadth of personal knowledge of genetics, genomics and public health issues to make an effective contribution to multidisciplinary projects.
• Ability to work with senior researchers to learn and adapt advanced genomics data analytics methods and technologies.
• Experience with healthcare databases/data warehouses.
• Experience with qualitative methods and analysis.
• Ability to communicate effectively via email transmission by utilizing proper grammar and punctuation skills.
• Ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with co- workers and peers.
• Ability to adhere to the highest ethical standards including honesty, integrity, dedication and leadership.

Bentley University requires references checks and may conduct other pre-employment screening.


Bentley University strives to create a campus community that welcomes the exchange of ideas, and fosters a culture that values differences and views them as a strength in our community.

Bentley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building strength through diversity. The University is committed to building a community of talented students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of global business. We strongly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, covered veterans and those with diverse experiences and backgrounds.


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