Research Data Specialist - Center for Immuno-Oncology

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 3 months ago(11/17/2017 4:52 PM)
Job ID
Clinical Research
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 Research Data Specialist will support the Center For Immuno-Oncology in the areas of data collection, computing, translational research and database organization. Duties include the examination, synthesis, and evaluation of medical records; the abstraction and recording of pertinent medical information; and the monitoring of patient status. The Research Data Specialist will be responsible for the collection, management, and quality assurance review of patient clinical data.


  • Evaluating and tracking the eligibility of all patients seen in the clinic for inclusion in the study.
  • May assist or be responsible for consenting eligible patients in clinic. 
  • Maintaining on-going communications with Information Services and physicians and staff for data collection needs.
  • Reviewing and abstracting the medical records for patients. Entering the clinical data into the CIO database (RedCap Immune Registry.)
  • Accessing patient demographic and clinical information from the clinical systems. Entering information into the database.
  • Reviewing data for quality and completeness using reporting software.
  • Collaborating with principal investigators, IS staff, and clinic staff in the continued development of the CRIS system.
  • Assist principal investigators and staff in the creation of data reports for quality assurance measures.
  • Coordinates the collection, processing, organization, and storage of biological specimens including maintenance of electronic specimen tracking systems (STIP) and laboratory binders.
  • May be responsible for IRB and regulatory submissions and maintenance of regulatory files.
  • Reviewing and abstracting the medical records for patients and the monitoring of patient status pre- and post immunotherapy treatment.
  • Responsible for maintaining long-term outcomes data and locating past immunotherapy patients who are long-term cancer survivors
  • Reviewing data for quality and completeness and assisting with QI/QA of the Immune Registry/RedCap data base.
  • Collaborate with the CIO clinical trials team in the continued development of data capture and reporting.
  • Performs duties as above with greater independence and has progressed to performing more advanced skills. Prepares and submits regulatory submissions to the IRB including amendments and continuing review reports. Maintains regulatory files in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Requests and tracks pathology specimens. Creates data reports for QA purposes and potential upcoming project assessment. Corresponds with collaborators, internal and external, to facilitate sharing of biological specimens and research data. Works with the Research Project Manager of the program to modify and improve standard operating procedures and assists in mentoring and training Research Data Specialists. 



  • Bachelor's Degree required. Master's preferred.
  • 1 to 3 years of clinical research experience in a health related field preferred.
  • 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.
  • Must have computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office and Excel.

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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