Center for Addiction Medicine

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The Center for Addiction Medicine offers opportunities for professional and personal development, exposure to the MGH learning environment, team work, and external collaboration, all of which make working at CAM a unique and invaluable experience.

We are currently hiring for the following position(s):


Clinical Research Coordinator/Programmer:

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

We are seeking an individual interested in an interdisciplinary role as a Programmer/Clinical Research Coordinator at the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine. Strong computer programming skills are required. Working independently and with minimal supervision, he or she will be responsible for the maintenance of databases for multiple clinical studies, development of processing and analysis scripts, generation of reports, and implementation of new applications to improve data quality and ease of entry. He or she may at times be responsible for patient scheduling, recruitment, administration of psychiatric scales, monitoring for adverse events. Additionally, he or she may perform administrative duties related to the careful operation of study protocols, collection and analysis of data and quality assurance.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Please note, the functions below are representative of major duties that are typically associated with these positions. Specific responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Similarly, not all duties that have been outlined will be assigned to each position.

  • Collects & organizes patient data
  • Maintains records and databases
  • Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports
  • Assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials
  • Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc.
  • Conducts library searches
  • Verifies accuracy of study forms
    • Updates study forms per protocol
  • Documents patient visits and procedures
  • Assists with regulatory binders and QA/QC procedures
  • Assists with interviewing study subjects
  • Administers and scores questionnaires
  • Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects
  • Performs study procedures, which may include phlebotomy
  • Assists with study regulatory submissions
  • Writes consent forms
  • Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Performs administrative support duties as required

A Clinical Research Coordinator II performs the duties of a Clinical Research Coordinator I (above) and may also:

  • Maintain research data, patient fields, regulatory binders and study databases
  • Perform data analysis and QA/QC data checks
  • Organize and interpret data
  • Develop and implement recruitment strategies
  • Act as a study resource for patient and family
  • Monitor and evaluation lab and procedure data
  • Evaluate study questionnaires
  • Contribute to protocol recommendations
  • Assist with preparation of annual review
  • May assist PI to prepare complete study reports

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Maintain subject information database for studies using the REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) or other data capture programs.
  • Assist in the preparation of research data and methods for both written publications and presentations.
  • Perform and train other research staff in the management and compilation of study data and assist in its analysis.
  • Protect the information of patients and implement procedures for robust data security.
  • Offer technical input as a member of a team in the improvement of ongoing and the creation of new research studies.
  • Assist with neuroimaging data analysis and manuscript preparation.
  • Recruit and schedule subjects for participation.
  • Produce and maintain all documentation for the Institutional Review Board.
  • Provide IT support to members of the research team.
  • Purchase supplies needed at the Center for various studies; monitor hardware inventory.
  • Prepare study reports, annual reviews, adverse event reports, and study document modifications.

SKILLS/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Excellent organizational skills,
  • Good interpersonal skills,
  • Strong quantitative and technical skills,
  • A willingness and ability to learn,
  • Attention to detail,
  • The ability to prioritize multiple tasks and handle fluctuating priorities and deadlines,
  • Good communication skills,
  • The ability to work independently as well as with others.
  • An interest in the work of the Center for Addiction Medicine is important as well as in working with human research participants and a diverse research team including psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, imaging scientists, a team of research assistants/coordinators, and support staff.
  • Strong computer skills are required.
  • Proficiency in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, R, Julia, MATLAB, Bash/Tcsh. Skills with libraries and tools similar to the following are preferred: PsychoPy, jsPsych, FSL, Freesurfer, SPSS.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, premedical sciences, computer science, or related science

EXPERIENCE:

  • 2-3 years of related experience

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):

  • A Clinical Research Coordinator I does not have any supervisory responsibility.
  • A Clinical Research Coordinator II may assist with the training and orientation of new staff members.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the following URL: https://partners.taleo.net/careersection/ghc/jobdetail.ftl?job=3217964&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York


Clinical Research Coordinator:

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

The Center for Addiction Medicine is hiring a Clinical Research Coordinator starting June 2023, who will be working independently and under general supervision of the Center Program Director and/or the study Principal Investigator(s).

The coordinator’s responsibilities at the Center for Addiction Medicine will include serving as the primary research coordinator on a community-based trial and will be working both in the lab and at data collection sites outside of MGH. He or she will be responsible for patient scheduling and recruitment as well as all subject-oriented study procedures, such as administration of psychiatric scales and neuropsychological testing protocols, careful monitoring of adverse events, administrative duties related to the careful operation of study protocol, and database management and quality assurance

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collects & organizes patient data
  • Maintains records and databases
  • Uses software programs to generate graphs and reports
  • Assists with recruiting patients for clinical trials
  • Obtains patient study data from medical records, physicians, etc.
  • Conducts library searches
  • Verifies accuracy of study forms
  • Updates study forms per protocol
  • Documents patient visits and procedures
  • Assists with regulatory binders and QA/QC procedures
  • Assists with interviewing study subjects
  • Administers and scores questionnaires
  • Provides basic explanation of study and in some cases obtains informed consent from subjects
  • Performs study procedures, which may include phlebotomy.
  • Assists with study regulatory submissions
  • Writes consent forms
  • Verifies subject inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Performs administrative support duties as required

A Clinical Research Coordinator II performs the duties of a Clinical Research Coordinator I (above) and may also:

  • Maintain research data, patient fields, regulatory binders and study databases
  • Perform data analysis and QA/QC data checks
  • Organize and interpret data
  • Develop and implement recruitment strategies
  • Act as a study resource for patient and family
  • Monitor and evaluation lab and procedure data
  • Evaluate study questionnaires
  • Contribute to protocol recommendations
  • Assist with preparation of annual review
  • May assist PI to prepare complete study reports

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Careful attention to details
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Working knowledge of clinical research protocols
  • Ability to demonstrate respect and professionalism for subjects’ rights and individual needs

The Clinical Research Coordinator II should also possess:

  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems
  • Ability to interpret acceptability of data results
  • Working knowledge of data management program

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

EXPERIENCE:

  • New graduates with some relevant course/project work or those without any prior research experience will be considered for the Clinical Research Coordinator I position outlined above.
  • Those with a minimum of 1-2 years of directly related work experience will be considered for a Clinical Research Coordinator II position.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (if applicable):

  • A Clinical Research Coordinator I does not have any supervisory responsibility.
  • A Clinical Research Coordinator II may assist with the training and orientation of new staff members.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the following URL: https://partners.taleo.net/careersection/ghc/jobdetail.ftl?job=3220747&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York


Project Manager:

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

A full-time Project Manager position is available in the MGH Center for Addiction Medicine located within the MGH Psychiatry Department. The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall administrative management and oversight for a multi-site school-based clinical trial newly funded by PCORI (https://www.pcori.org/research-results/2022/testing-scalable-broad-reach-school-based-brief-interventions-alcohol-use) and the Mass Department of Public Health. The Project Manager will be principally responsible for managing multiple phases of this large, complex trial including study start up (e.g., hiring, training, development of standard operating procedures); communication with and management of relations with key school and government stakeholders; coordination between a large team of multi-disciplinary, multi-site investigators; study implementation (e.g., oversight of subject recruitment, intervention procedures and fidelity); creation, management and QA of databases of research protocols; management of all regulatory activities, including compliance with Federal, State and sponsor guidelines; audits, sponsor progress reports, IRB submissions; data analyses and manuscript preparation; dissemination of findings; and management of the program’s financials, including producing monthly budgetary reports and developing projections. The Project Manager will report directly to the principal investigator, Dr. Randi Schuster.

The position requires strong project management, change management, and interpersonal skills; a keen analytical capacity and ability to multitask; experience with group facilitation and training; a demonstrated commitment to work actively promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; and a passion for community-based work, particularly focused on youth mental health promotion.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Establish standard operating procedures for all aspects of community engagement and research activities
  • Overall implementation and daily management of research protocol
  • Contribute to the scientific content of the projects
  • Create and manage databases; perform data audits, including quality control and assurance of all research data
  • Prepare project protocols for the Institutional Review Board (IRB); prepare IRB application and compiles data and documentary material for IRB application.
  • Ensure compliance with state, federal, and IRB regulations
  • Adhere to study timelines and deliverables, generate PCORI progress and financial reports
  • Responsible for primary day-to-day administrative duties for projects under the direction of Dr. Schuster, serving as a central resource for all program related issues, including managing program wide meetings, providing website maintenance, liaising with development, resolving any IS issues, troubleshooting equipment issues and requesting system access
  • Responsible for key aspects of the human resources process, annual reviews and on-boarding for post-doctoral fellows, coordinators, research faculty, including close supervision and training of coordinators and interns
  • Liaise with Department of Public Health, school administrators across Massachusetts, Center for Addiction Medicine leadership, MGH Psychiatry Academy, MGH research finance and other stakeholders as needed
  • Assist with or lead preparation of grant applications and manuscripts, including data analyses, literature searches and drafting of text
  • Assist with identifying new sources of funding (RFAs, new foundations, potential donors, etc)
  • Responsible for the administrative aspects of the life cycle of funded research projects, including pre and post award functions and sub-contracts/vendors set up and maintenance within the program’s financial portfolio
  • Maintain monthly budget reports, tracks expenditures, perform salary controls and forecasting
  • Organize and set agendas for meetings
  • Work closely with research management and research finance to ensure proper fund management and timely reporting
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • MPH, PhD, or other relevant advanced degree with at least 3 years of administrative, community programming, and/or research management experience required
  • Experience overseeing PCORI-funded trials is strongly preferred but not necessary
  • Working knowledge of the secondary educational system and structure, particularly in Massachusetts, is preferred but not necessary

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

The Project Manager candidate should: 1) be well-organized, self-motivated, and attentive to detail 2) be able to multi-task, problem-solve, and manage time/work-load with minimal supervision 3) have excellent communication skills, to effectively communicate with a multidisciplinary team, research participants, and key stakeholders (school, community agencies, and local/state government) 4) have experience with grant submissions, research administration, pre/post award functions, working knowledge of PCORI, NIH and other federal, state and foundation regulations/policies 5) have the ability to work independently and interact with clients and colleagues at all levels of the institution 6) have strong problem solving and process management skills 7) able to lead, direct, motivate, and manage large teams effectively.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Office environment/office/shared office space/cubicles

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Directly supervise approximately 6-10 paid research and administrative staff and 3-5 unpaid student interns

Will also help to oversee activities of sub-contracts involving up to 25 FTEs

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Project Manager will manage a newly funded contract involving approximately $7M in total costs from PCORI and $5M from MA DPH


Research Fellow:

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT:

Postdoctoral researcher needed at the Center for Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School to participate in school-based research on prevention and intervention of addictive disorders in children/adolescents. Fellow will contribute to multi-site school-based clinical trials focused on the prevention and/or treatment of adolescent substance use. Multi-disciplinary approaches include, but are not limited to psychopharmacologic treatment delivery, behavioral assessments, genetic analyses, neuroimaging, pharmacological modeling, cognitive testing, and clinical outcomes. In addition to hands-on conduct of research protocols, duties will also include clinical supervision, manuscript preparation, presentation of findings at conferences, and management of research assistants. Fellow will participate actively in ongoing research and grant submissions, and will be encouraged to develop an independent, related line of inquiry through conduct of pilot projects, preparation of publications and presentations using new and existing datasets, and submission of independent research grants.

Candidates should have a PhD/MD or equivalent degree. Licensed (or license eligible) clinicians preferred, but not required. Excellent analytic skills and verbal/written communication skills are required. Qualified applicants should also have a strong interest in public health, adolescent behavioral health, and/or school-based intervention development/evaluation as demonstrated by a track record of relevant first-author research papers published in peer-reviewed journals. We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and interactive scientists who have high potential for an independent research career.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

  • Strong publication record with several significant first author publications (published or accepted for publication)
  • Expertise in statistics
  • Prior experience in school-based, community, or public health settings
  • Background in clinical research design and methodology, statistics, and manuscript preparation
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Excellent ability to establish rapport with both adolescents, parents, and school faculty members coming from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent quantitative, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong initiative, self-motivated, and able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity towards and understanding of challenges face by individuals with mental illness or substance use disorders
  • Commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Independent judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to efficiently multi-task
  • Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information

EDUCATION, LICENSES, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR REGISTRATIONS:

  • Required: PhD, MD, MD/PhD
  • Preferred: Licensed clinician (or licensed eligible upon completion of a one year post-doctoral fellowship) (preferred but not required)

If you are interested in applying, please visit the following URL: https://partners.taleo.net/careersection/ghc/jobdetail.ftl?job=3201706&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York