Research Assistant 1 MS

Connecticut, United States
24 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Work Days/Hours (Other than Standard)

Flexibility required based on clinic needs.

Position Focus:

This position is a Yale University position, but is located at St. Francis in Hartford, CT. It will require traveling as needed to Yale in New Haven, particularly initially. The purpose is to provide meticulous preparation, coordination, and shipment of biological specimens obtained from patients participating in clinical oncology trials conducted at St. Francis. This involves understanding and following protocols for a large number of clinical studies with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail in a fast-paced environment. The position entails working closely with other research staff and clinical staff in team environment. Regular hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday, but may be adjusted to include some weekday evenings until 8:00pm and occasional Saturdays, based on the needs of the clinic.

Essential Duties

  1. Researches and collects data through complex laboratory/ scientific experiments, techniques, and procedures; library research; structured interviews; or through other means for designated research assignments.
  2. Records and compiles information related to research data. Codes data accordingly to research specifications.
  3. Uses a computer terminal to input and retrieve data and to generate reports.
  4. Processes and summarizes data using scientific or statistical techniques. Assists in data interpretation and analyses.
  5. Reports on status of research activities.
  6. Sets up, operates, and maintains laboratory equipment and apparatus. Formulates and prepares scientific solutions and media.
  7. Recruits study participants.
  8. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies.
  9. May assist in designing, developing, and modifying research experiments, procedures, or survey instruments.
  10. May oversee and instruct research staff.
  11. Performs additional functions incidental to research activities.

Required Education and Experience

Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Ability to interpret written policies and procedures including complex material, including technical lab manuals.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent attention to detail, attendance, and punctuality. Ability to be flexible with work schedule, including occasional evening and weekend hours.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Basic Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills, and ability to learn new software and databases such as eShipGlobal, OnCore, and EPIC.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability with ensuring strict patient confidentiality according to HIPAA regulations in a professional or educational setting.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Familiarity with medical laboratory terminology and expertise or ability to learn biospecimen processing techniques. Ability to be comfortable in a complex clinical environment and to retrieve specimens collected in the Operating Room if needed.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Bachelors degree in science preferred and/or medical technology experience. Previous experience with clinical trials. Proficiency with eShipglobal, EPIC, and OnCore are highly desirable.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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