RESEARCH SPECIALIST, School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Boston University
Framingham, Massachusetts, United States

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RESEARCH SPECIALIST, School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Tracking Code21500542420914Job Description

Primary responsibilities will be the recruitment of FHS participants from the 2nd and 3rd generations, the New Offspring Spouses (NOS), and both Omni cohorts, to take part in Brain MRI/Neuropsychological/Brain Donation/Traumatic Brain Injury/PET/Digital Health Studies. Other responsibilities related to recruiting include printing of examination forms, mailings, mailing appointment confirmation letters and making appointment reminder calls along with sending out study related information (questionnaires, consent forms, etc.). The position also requires coordinating with others within FHS (e.g., related to recruitment procedures) and outside FHS (e.g., scheduling MRI scans with the Wellness Center). The candidate will also be required to do some data entry, and various projects/tasks will be assigned on occasion.

Other responsibilities include conducting neuropsychological testing on subjects, ages 25-100+ and preparing case reports for dementia diagnostic meetings. Testing will take place primarily in clinic, however, research assistants are expected to make home visits as well on a regular basis. Additional core responsibilities will include leading specific projects, both short and long-term. Given the wide range of projects that include cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), there are a myriad of tasks that range from data entry to presenting to collaborators from other academic institutions and private industry. The position also requires some technical skills given the integration of smartphone, wearable devices and other technologies in the data collection process and the use of post-processing applications for digital voice, pen and other digital data streams.

Required Skills

This job is in-person at the Framingham Heart Study in Framingham, MA. This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. This multi-faceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. Bachelor's degree, 1-3 years of research experience (that occurred in conjunction with attainment of bachelor's degree is acceptable), and valid driver's license are also required.

Preferred: some interactive telephone and/or email communication experience

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationFramingham, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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