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BWH Research Assistant I – Rare Disease Research / 40 HRS / Day / BWH – GI 



The Research Assistant I (RAI) works with the research study investigators to coordinate subject recruitment, clinical data and sample collection, study related communications, and IRB submissions for designated projects. 

The RAI is responsible for evaluating and tracking the recruitment process including outcomes, expenditures, and reporting to investigators on outcomes related to study progress. The assistant must conduct all study related activities according to HIPAA and IRB guidelines.

Additional responsibilities include working in close contact with gastroenterologists, research staff, clinical staff, Partners’ Institutional Review Board (IRB), and fiscal/legal groups within and outside of Partners, as necessary. Excellent communication (oral and written), phone, and computer skills are necessary. 

Working independently and under general supervision from the study investigators, provides support to clinical research studies. May be responsible for the following activities: developing and implementing strategies for improving study logistics and execution, recommending changes to protocols, and completing administrative duties. 

Dr. Joshua Korzenik is the director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at BWH as well as the director of the Resnek Family Center for PSC Research. We conduct clinical and translational research on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Visit for more information about our current research topics.


1. Maintains study systems to execute protocols,

2. Recruits and enrolls subjects,

3. Coordinates communication among PI, subjects, and parties associated with study protocol

4. Maintains and/or assists in subject characteristics database,

a. prepares reports

b. enters data

c. uses database searches for recruitment activities,

5. Understands general study protocols and inclusion criteria for ongoing studies,

6. Administers phone screen questionnaires and schedules subjects,

7. Tracks and characterizes responses and expenditures for all recruitment and subjects modalities,

8. Prepares and presents data reports for investigators, study monitors, IRB and research collaborators,

9. Coordinates study IRB submissions with Principal Investigator and Partners IRB,

10. May assist in coordinating lab activities,

11. Collects, processes, and stores human specimen,

12. Performs all other duties as assigned.  



1. BA or BS required

2. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

3. Sound independent judgment and competence in research methodologies


1. Strong analytical and computer skills required. Proficiency with computer spreadsheet, word-processing and database software.

2. Knowledge of IRB regulations and Good Clinical Practice preferred.

3. Strong organizational abilities.

4. Strong oral and written communication skills with both internal and external communications. 

5. Ability to prioritize tasks and meet established timelines.

6. Ability to work under deadlines to meet recruitment and project deadlines.

7. Ability to work independently and within a group environment.

8. Ability to interact effectively with individuals from various backgrounds and fields of expertise.

9. Careful attention to detail.

10. Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects rights and individual needs.


Will work in offices associated with the BWH Gastrointestinal Unit. Primarily this position is at the BWH Crohn’s and Colitis Center in Brookline. However, it also includes the Research Office, clinics, and inpatient units. The office is shared with several other staff (e.g., Study Coordinators and Physicians).