Research Data Specialist - GI Translational Research Lab

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


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Full time


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Clinical Research Coordinator for Translational Research (Research Data Specialist) will support the center for Gastrointestinal Oncology’s Clinical research program in the areas of patient consent, specimen and data collection, computing, and database organization. Duties include the coordination of specimen collection, examination, synthesis, and evaluation of medical records: and the abstraction and recording of patient medical information; and the monitoring of patient status.


  1. Evaluation and tracking the eligibility or all patients seen in the clinic for inclusion in the study.
  2. Will be responsible for consenting eligible patients in clinic.
  3. Maintaining on-going communications with Information Services and physicians and staff for data collection needs.
  4. Reviewing and abstracting the medical records for patients. Entering the clinical data into the Clinical Research information Systems (CRIS) and other related databased.
  5. Accessing patient demographic and clinical information form the clinical systems. Entering information into the database.
  6. Reviewing data for quality and completeness using reporting software.
  7. Coordinates the collection, processing, organization, and storage of biological specimens including maintenance of electronic specimen tracking system (caTissue) and laboratory binders.
  8. May be responsible for IRB and regulatory submissions and maintenance of regulatory files.

Performs basic technical procedures as directed. Collects medical data from paper and electronic sources. Maintains on-going communications with staff (internal and external) for data collection needs. Work as part of a research team to create and utilize a large database of clinic information and biological specimens. Understand basic principles of human research subject protection. Will handle blood and tissue specimens including collection, processing, and the appropriate storage in accordance with protocol requirements and all safety regulations.

The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills, the ability to work well with a research team, and the ability to effectively and sensitively communicate with patients with cancer while maintaining patient confidentiality. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks at one time. Ability to set priorities, problem solve, possess a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.


  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • 0-1 year of related experience preferred. 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 and have the ability to follow-through.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and prioritize workload.
  • Must practice discretion and adhere to institutional confidentiality guidelines at all times.

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 groups as protected by law.

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