• Research Assistant I - Center for Community Based Research

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 1 week ago(4/12/2018 8:08 AM)
    Job ID
    Research- Laboratory
    full time
  • Overview

    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 positions in this job family perform a variety of tasks to ensure that project goals are being met for a faculty member's research program. Tasks and responsibilities are varied and dependent upon project aims, scope and duration.


    The Center for Community-Based Research seeks one Research Assistant to provide research support to a faculty member in a fast-paced and independent working environment. The research of this group focuses on health communication including the study of marketing and media effects, interpersonal communication, and social influences on health behaviors including tobacco use and cancer prevention and control. 



    The main focus of the RA position will be to assist the faculty member with conducting a variety of research activities including systematic literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and lab-based social and behavioral experiments. The candidate will be responsible for assisting with grant development, developing study protocols and instruments, data extraction/collection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, manuscript writing, editing and formatting of scientific documents, and should have demonstrated abilities in these areas. This position requires a high degree of independence. This is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic person who seeks to join an energetic and productive research team. 


    Under supervision of the faculty member, responsibilities may include assisting with:


    • Conducting literature reviews, data extraction, and summarize reviews as requested;
    • Programming online survey questionnaires;
    • Drafting participant recruitment materials, scheduling of participants for in-person studies, screening and recruiting participants;
    • Preparing grant application materials including tables, charts, documents;
    • Data management, developing codebooks, and data analysis;
    • Data collection through focus groups, interviews, surveys, experiments;
    • Manuscript preparation, including editing, formatting and referencing the documents;
    • Applications, documentation, and communication with institutional review board;
    • Coordination of project-related activities, meetings, meeting notes and minutes;
    • Communication with external study collaborators and vendors;
    • Development of conference abstracts, posters, PowerPoint presentations.


    Bachelor’s degree in public health, communications, or social science is preferred. Prior substantive knowledge and experience in health communication, tobacco control, social and behavioral sciences are strongly preferred. Experience working in an academic setting (dry lab) or comparable environment is highly preferred. Must possess good judgment, attention to detail, the ability to work independently, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work on multiple assignments at one time. Experience with Zotero, Qualtrics, NVivo and Stata is strongly preferred.

    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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