Temporary Research Assistant II - Center for Community Research

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/26/2018 12:30 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.

TEMPORARY POSITION - Funded through August 2018


The Research Assistant II (RA) will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day project activities for a study to determine the feasibility and acceptability of HPV self-sampling among homeless women in Boston. Through a partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), the pilot study targets women who are at high-risk for cervical cancer and receive care in BHCHP clinics. The study aims to increase screening participation by allowing women to self-collect a vaginal sample for HPV testing instead of having a pelvic exam. The RA will play an integral role with qualitative and survey data collection and analysis and will work closely with staff from DFCI and BHCHP.




  • Assisting with development of data collection tools and regulatory documents
  • Assisting with day- to- day project activities including participant recruitment, consent, coordinating field work schedule, collecting quantitative and qualitative data
  • Qualitative and quantitative programming to support data analysis
  • Performing other project-related administrative duties as needed


  • Bachelor's required; master’s degree in public health strongly preferred
  • Excellent organizational, communication (oral and written), and problem-solving skills
  • Strong personal initiative, attention to detail, flexibility, and ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated field work experience with vulnerable populations
  • Proven track record in working successfully in racially and culturally diverse communities
  • Written and conversational Spanish is preferred 


This position will be office- and field- based depending on the needs of the project. The

position will require Saturday and nighttime flexibility occasionally (and the weekday

schedule will be adjusted accordingly).



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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