Boston Medical Center Research Assistant II (Project BELONG, 24 hours, Days) in Boston, Massachusetts

Research Assistant II (Project BELONG, 24 hours, Days)

Boston, MA


Job ID 5100054 Date posted 07/12/2017

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It´s a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

Project BELONG was developed to examine the efficacy of a dyadic therapy intervention for mothers who have histories of adverse events (e.g., history of family violence, partner violence, family conflict, and/or childhood trauma, including abuse/neglect) and their very young children (ages 0-5 years), with the goal of demonstrating how an evidence supported, community-based and/or hospital-based therapeutic intervention may help reduce exposure to trauma and incidents of child maltreatment, improve parental stress and mental health, and secure parent-child attachment.

Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant will assist in: participant recruitment; obtaining consent from participants; administering questionnaires pre- and post- intervention; maintaining relevant databases and managing study records; participating with the research team in preparation of data, databases, study reports, and maintenance of IRB; and, performing routine administrative tasks. May also assist the Principal Investigator with interpreting study results and in preparing and writing manuscripts.

  • Performs a variety of routine duties in connection with the Project BELONG research study including:

  • Collaborating with clinical staff at RESPECT Clinic and Project BELONG Principal Investigators at the SPARK Center and Child Witness to Violence Project to obtain contact information for interested and potentially eligible participants

  • Conducting screenings of potential participants over the phone to determine eligibility

  • Enrolling eligible participants in the study and scheduling initial, in-person appointment at the SPARK Center or Child Witness to Violence Project offices at BMC to explain the research study, obtain informed consent, administer pre- and post- intervention interviews, and set up and collect video data

  • Reviewing the pre- and post- intervention interviews and data collection forms for each enrollee for completion and quality

  • Assisting with maintenance of participant files, study records, IRB protocol and regulatory compliance

  • Attending meetings as required, including weekly meetings with research staff

  • Enhancing professional growth and development through participation in monthly CRRO seminars, reading current literature, attending relevant meetings, workshops, and conferences, etc.

  • Performs routine administrative tasks in connection with the Project BELONG research study including:

  • Facilitating regular communication with clinical and research staff at RESPECT Clinic, the SPARK Center, and Child Witness to Violence Project

  • Assisting in preparation of semi-annual and final progress reports, grant proposals, presentations and manuscripts, etc.

  • Scheduling weekly staff meetings and generating meeting agendas

  • Taking minutes during staff meetings and relevant notes during interactions with research participants

  • Maintains collaborative team relationships with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the working group’s achievement of goals, and to help foster a positive work environment Conforms to hospital standards of performance and conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance programs, safety, environmental and infection control standards Performs other duties as assigned or as necessary



A minimum of a bachelor’s degree required; Master’s in Public Health or Social Science discipline preferred.




One year as a research assistant in a pediatric, early childhood, social science or health project preferred, however, an equivalent combination of education and experience, which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed above, may be substituted for the above education and experience requirements.


  • Knowledge of social science/health services research methods, principles. Knowledge of program evaluation is helpful.

  • Knowledge of health and educational services, advocacy strategies, professional education approaches is helpful.

  • Ability to perform basic data management tasks (coding, data entry, data cleaning, and retrieval) is helpful.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Experience with REDCap preferable, although not required.

  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to prioritize essential tasks.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).