Research Assistant - Thoracic Oncology

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

Employment Type:
Per diem

Work Location:
Remote: occasional time on campus


The Research Assistant position will support the Center for EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancer within the Thoracic Oncology department to create and maintain clinical databases used to further the research conducted within the EGFR Center, investigating the risk factors, biomarkers, and treatment of the disease.  Tasks and responsibilities are varied but include data abstraction, maintenance, and queries. 

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  • Assist team in the coordination of project-related activities (ie. surveys/interviews) at internal or external (on-site & off-site) study sites.
  • Contact, recruit and enroll research participants, as needed.
  • Maintain databases (including data entry) and project documentation with accuracy, as needed.
  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all study materials and data. 
  • Other project-related or administrative responsibilities as requested by management.


  • Highschool diploma or GED required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, natural or social science preferred.

  • Prior experience in public health or health policy strongly preferred.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, dependable, motivated and willingness to learn new tasks.
  • Computer skills, including prior use of Microsoft Office products.
  • Ability to relate effectively in person and on the telephone to diverse groups of patients, community members, physicians, nurses, researchers, children and parents.
  • Excellent organization, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work evenings and some weekends.
  • Bilingual language skills may be required – dependent upon study population target.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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