Research Assistant, Cancer Prevention and Control - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Mar 20, 2017
May 11, 2017
Analyst, Research
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Assistant, Cancer Prevention and Control - Georgetown University Medical Center

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program is the primary nexus for population science-focused research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to conduct population sciences research across the translational spectrum from discovery to interventions to policy. Members carry out research in epidemiology, biomarker development, genetics, behavioral science and health services.  The CPC has an opportunity for a Research Assistant to work on cancer-related behavioral research projects. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, the  projects focus on the psychological, decision-making, and quality of life impact of genetic testing for hereditary cancer susceptibility. 

The Research Assistant position is an outstanding opportunity for recent college graduates with a background in psychology, public health or related fields who are interested in attending graduate school in psychology, public health, epidemiology or genetic counseling.  This position will provide extensive research experience, including opportunities for national presentations and authorship on publications; as well as participation in recruitment and interviewing, assisting with data management and analysis, in-depth literature reviews, manuscript and grant preparation, and the development of study-related patient educational materials and study management.  Duties include but are not limited to:

Data Collection

  • Collects behavioral and epidemiological data.
  • Conducts initial and follow up telephone interviews.
  • Confirms subject eligibility.
  • Ensures completion of surveys in accordance with projected number of telephone interviews completed/ week.
  • Ensures timely completion of follow-up surveys in accordance with established time frames.
  • Reviews patient charts for pathology information.


  • Conducts in-person study recruitment.
  • Approaches and recruits newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in breast surgery clinics.
  • Reviews patient records for eligibility.
  • Consults with clinical staff regarding patient eligibility. Requires extreme sensitivity to patient and clinic needs.

Data Admin

  • Performs data entry and data tracking.
  • Enters survey results and registers new patients into the databases.
  • Performs quality checks on existing data.
  • Performs tracking of patients, maintains contact logs and hard copy files of study materials.


  • Monitors CARE telephone referral line.
  • Documents outcome of calls


  • After training, performs phlebotomy and is responsible for the blood drawing of new genetic testing research patients.
  • Handles all aspects of blood drawing - for example, maintaining supplies, tracking blood samples, coordinating reports, preparing and shipping blood to Myriad Genetics, and tracking blood kits as they are returned.


  • Completion of some college coursework - preference for Bachelor's degree in the social sciences or public health
  • Experience in conducting primary data collection
  • Phlebotomy experience or willingness to experience training in phlebotomy
  • Preference for some research experience

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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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