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General Summary:

As a member of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program, the Research Assistant will work on clinical studies and health interventions together with Principal Investigator, Dr. David Systrom, and research team.

This position provides an opportunity to engage in a dynamic clinical research setting and is ideal for candidates interested in pursuing careers in medicine, clinical research, or public health. The focus of the team’s research includes investigating myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), dysautonomia, and exercise intolerance through the interpretation of invasive cardiopulmonary exercise test (iCPET) results. 

The successful applicant will be an independent problem-solver with excellent attention to detail and writing skills, who desires to work in an interdisciplinary, fast-paced and mission-driven organization.

  • S/he will interact with the Dyspnea Clinic where she will maintain a RedCap dashboard of all dysautonomia patents including EPIC-derived demographic data, medications, test results including bloodwork, PFT’s, TTE, resting RHC and skin biopsy.
  • S/he will interact with the invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing (iCPET) program where she will assist with processing, banking and organizing biorepository blood samples.
  • S/he will maintain the iCPET database, including data entry, verification and correction.
  • S/he will assist with data collection and processing in the interventional clinical trials in the CPET lab (see below).
  • S/he will assist in peer reviewed manuscript preparation with statistical analysis, literature review and writing up of manuscripts.
  • All other duties as assigned.
  1. Requires educational background and level of maturity and responsibility to work independently under pressure, and still meet requirements of scientific validity posed by a clinical trial. Minimum requirements are a BA or BS degree, preferably in a scientific discipline. 
  2. Previous data entry and research experience preferred.
  3. The successful candidate will need to be a self-starter and strong communicator able to work productively and independently.
  4. Excellent written and interpersonal skills in order to effectively communicate with participants form all types of backgrounds.

  • Ability to work independently. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
  • Good oral and written communication skills. 
  • Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical or research problems and issues and to interpret the acceptability of data results.
  • Knowledge of clinical research protocols.
  • High degree of computer literacy.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.