Research Assistant, Division of Rheumatology - Georgetown University Medical Center

Washington D.C.
Jun 27, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Analyst, Research
Education, Research
Full Time
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Research Assistant, Division of Rheumatology - Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown's Division of Rheumatology has a long tradition of exceptional patient care, education and research and we provide comprehensive subspecialty services for patients with a broad range of rheumatic disease.

The Research Assistant performs study duties as outlined in the study protocols, clinical research trial flow sheets, post-study follow-up, and data entry.  Working directly with the Lab Director and staff, the Research Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Performs blood and CSF processing as outlined in study-specific standard operating procedures.
  • Administers daily laboratory maintenance, weekly laboratory safety checks, conducts sample inventories, and maintains Environmental Health and Safety Office compliance, and in accordance with other Georgetown University requirements.
  • Performs research responsibilities/duties related to data entry and maintenance of study data.
  • Administers study related duties from recruitment to follow up - to include pre-screening of participants, preparing participant charts with all necessary consent forms and questionnaires used in study visits, performing study duties as outlined in the study protocols (for example, cognitive testing, MRI setup, and pain testing), and conducting participant follow-ups. 
  • Works with affiliated departments and staff such as the CRU, Center for Functional Imagining, and Clinical Trials Office to schedule procedures such as exercise, magnetic resonance imaging, lumbar puncture, sample collection, transfer of samples to collaborators, and other activities as required by the research protocols.
  • Interacts with patients extensively by phone, email and in person
  • Maintains positive working relationships with CRU, Department of Medicine, Clinical Trials Office, NIH, and other interdepartmental resources and collaborators (Interventional Radiology, Pulmonary, Center for Functional Imaging) to facilitate clinical research process.
  • Submits appropriate forms to CRU, Department of Medicine, and Clinical Trials Office, to facilitate research patient participation.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 to 5 years of experience - with at least 1 year experience in each of the following areas a) literature and other data research and analysis, and/or b) clinical research and other positions that require interactions with others (clinical experience may include human relations, analytical tasks, and research to define areas of pertinent information for the Principal Investigator (Master's degree may a substitute for experience)
  • Evidence of work in clinical research with significant hands-on patient contact
  • Excellence in patient interaction
  • Strong communication and organizational skill regarding lab/ study management
  • Skilled in using various software applications  - (that is, spreadsheets, relational databases) -  to assemble, manipulate, format data, and report
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Google and other online application suites - preference for proficiency in statistical analysis software
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with a diverse population
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work load, handle difficult situations, and interact effectively with the senior leadership as well as general constituency

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