Research Data Specialist - Breast Oncology

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite: 4-5 days onsite/week


The Research Data Specialist will support the Cohort Studies program under the auspices of the Principal Investigator(s) and Associate Director of Translational Research, in the areas of the identification and collation of biospecimens associated with our departmental clinical data for studies in Dr. Parson’s Lab within the Department of Breast Oncology. The Parsons Laboratory fosters and conducts innovative research to develop and implement novel blood biopsy technologies to decrease under- and over-treatment of breast cancer and to deliver correct therapies to those who need them most. Duties may include but are not limited to; the examination, synthesis, and evaluation of medical records; the abstraction and recording of pertinent medical information; and the organization and collation of biospecimens collected within cohort studies.

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.


  • Reviews and abstracts the medical records for patients. Entering the clinical data into the databases supporting the cohort studies within Breast Oncology.
  • Ensures the proper entry of biospecimens into tracking systems across cohort studies.
  • Retrieves archival tissue samples at outside institutions when relevant for translational studies.
  • Coordinates the collection, processing, organization, and storage of biological specimens (including, but not limited to tissue, blood and stool) including maintenance of the specimen tracking systems in caTissue/Open Specimen, RedCap and other study databases.
  • Identifies and organizes samples for translational studies by completing manifests, labelling, and other required tasks and documentation needed to facilitate research.
  • Responsible for coordination of linkage of data to provide clinical annotation with the biospecimens.
  • Responsible for coordination and completion of essential regulatory documentation (e.g. protocol, material transfer agreement, and/or data use agreement) needed for access, use and transfer of samples to outside collaborators.
  • Performs primary duties above independently and has progressed to performing more advanced skill sets as directed. Requires limited supervision.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or 1 year of Dana-Farber Associate Research Data Specialist experience required.

  • 0-1 years’ experience working in a medical or scientific research setting or comparable technology orientated business environment preferred.


  • Computer skills, including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, required.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts.
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Ability to effectively manage time and prioritize workload.
  • Must practice discretion and always adhere to institutional confidentiality guidelines.
  • Must have computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office.

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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