The Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) Program/Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core (CCNC) is dedicated to studying the relationship between substance use, cognition, and psychiatric disorders using various magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques and neuropsychological, clinical, and diagnostic instruments. Most recently, we have focused on examining the brain as it relates to both recreational and medical marijuana use, and have several ongoing studies related to assessing how various marijuana-related variables impact cognition, clinical state, brain structure and function using observational, clinical trial, and survey models.
Working independently and under very general supervision from a manager or Principal Investigator, provides support to clinical research studies. May be responsible for the following activities: Making independent judgment of suitability of potential participants for research studies, developing and implementing subject recruitment strategies, running subject visits, and data entry and quality control/integrity checks.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Coordinates the implementation, both internally and externally, of clinical research studies and research study visits, including screening, consent, administering questionnaires, administering neuropsychological assessments, and coordinating magnetic resonance (MR) scans.
2. Initiates and maintains contact with study participants. Responsible for screening applicants, ensuring they meet appropriate criteria, and makes independent judgment as to the suitability of their participation. May be required to perform clinical tests such as phlebotomy, EKGs, etc.
3. Working in concert with the Principal Investigator and/or Research Manager, develops and implements patient recruitment strategies.
4. Develops, organizes, and/or maintains the study databases. Responsible for data validation and quality control.
5. In conjunction with Principal Investigator/Research Manager, develops and implements new research protocols including design, data collection systems and institutional review board approval (IRB).
6. Performs literature searches as appropriate.
7. Assist PI or Research Manager with preparation for presentation and written published articles.
8. Performs all other duties as assigned.
BS or BA
At least one year of work experience in a research setting. Sound independent judgment and competence in research methodologies.
· Ability to work independently.
· Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical or research problems and issues and to interpret the acceptability of data results.
· Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
· Good oral and written communication skills.
· Knowledge of clinical research protocols.
· High degree of computer literacy.
· Excellent organization skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
· Careful attention to detail.
· Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subject’s rights and individual needs.
· Knowledge of data management programs.
Depending on the lab requirements and the design of the studies may need to be available for on-call duties and/or some flexibility in schedule
Area where job functions are performed: Generally, an office or clinical setting; possibly research laboratory setting
Bending and lifting requirements: In general, work is typical of clinical office setting, may involve lifting files or other documents, bending to access files or other equipment, but generally no heavy lifting
Other physical requirements: ability to sit at a desk or work station for periods of time, use a computer and other office equipment such as photocopier, requires ability to view visual stimuli which may be flashing or appear rapidly on a computer screen, may require extended time on telephone, depending on project, may involve walking between several locations.
Mass General Brigham