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Research Assistant (Clinical, Behavioral & Outcomes Research)

As a member of the clinical research team, the Research Assistant's responsibilities will be associated with one or more clinical research project(s). S/he works directly with patients with or without diabetes and chronic kidney disease and will assist with assigned study/studies.


  • Provides support on clinical research protocols. Recruits, schedules and interviews patients, performs routine laboratory procedures (including, measuring blood pressure, height and weight, and/or phlebotomy if certified) and protocol, and escorts patients to testing locations. Coordinates patient recruitment to ensure the enrollment goals are met for multiple grants or industry sponsored clinical Facilitates patient visits by performing protocol specific tests and procedures.
  • Assists with developing, maintaining and completing study data collection forms and source documents. Maintains research patient records and regulatory binders. Performs data entry.
  • Organizes the storage and use of the study related materials.
  • Participates in the labeling, organization, storage and retrieval and storage of study biospecimens.
  • Coordinates with Laboratory Cores for sample analysis. Processes laboratory samples and deliver samples to local laboratory or mails to central laboratory.
  • Participates in the preparation of scientific publications and presentations of study scientific data.
  • Assists in training new team members in all clinical research protocols, including how to properly process and store samples.
  • Assist in keeping regulatory information up to date for the Joslin Internal Review Board (IRB) and the Committee on Human Studies (CHS).
  • Performs general laboratory support, including ordering supplies and equipment for all studies, and performing literature searches.
  • Activities for the studies will be performed at Joslin Diabetes Center and other facilities as required.
  • Will closely work with the staff involved in the study in and outside of Joslin Diabetes Center and under the supervision of the PI.
  • Participates in research team meetings including travel to Face to face steering committee meetings and study investigator meetings a few times a year.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences/Chemistry or related science is required.
  • Previous research experience involving human subjects or clinical research preferred
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • (additionally in Spanish is preferable)
  • Skilled user of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to follow general instructions and procedures, as provided.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills (communicate clearly and effectively via verbal and written instruction).
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Professional and warm in demeanor, especially when relating to study participants and their families
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities – through completion.
  • Ability to work independently and with others in the team - to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to learn sophisticated concepts and detailed protocols quickly

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.