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Research Coordinator

Category: Research
1035 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

Department: R21 Mindfulness Training
Job Type: Full Time
Job Class: Non-Union
Work Shift: Days with Evening Hours
Work Days: 40
Hours/Week: 40
Date Posted: 01/31/2019
Requisition Number: hrq-88446

Job Details

  • The Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is a vibrant, multidisciplinary academic research and community center that also offers training and professional development and mindfulness-based clinical treatment. The mission of CMC is to enhance health and well-being by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare and our communities with a commitment to inclusivity, accessibility, and diversity. CMC aims to enhance the health and well-being of CHA and our local community by integrating mindfulness and compassion into healthcare. Based on current scientific understanding of mindfulness and compassion, CMC encourages empirically-supported theory and practice. CMC focuses on innovation in areas of patient care, professional education, scientific research, workplace well-being, and programs for our diverse communities. Grounded in the value that mindfulness and compassion are innate human capacities that support health and well-being, CMC aims to foster an inclusive, caring and multi-cultural community that allows individuals to thrive.

    CMC's values are:

    Mindfulness and compassion are basic human capacities that support health and well-being.

    CMC is an organization grounded in current scientific understanding of mindfulness and compassion, and the promotion of empirically-supported theory and practice.

    CMC is committed to using mindfulness and compassion to foster an inclusive and caring community that ensures access on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity/culture, gender, sexuality, language, economic status, mental and physical ability, and literacy, recognizing that these often intersect.


    Assists the Principal Investigator (PI) and Research Program Manager in developing and implementing study protocols and procedures for studies related to mindfulness, compassion, primary care, addictions, neuroscience, community health.

    Works in a highly collaborative way with CMC team.

    Trains and monitors other research staff.

    Assists with scheduling/organization of CMC events for multi-institutional research studies.

    Helps prepare materials for the Institutional Review Board/sponsors/participants/referring physicians.

    Recruits/schedules participant screening, interviews, study visits, and study questionnaires.

    Processes referrals, conducts chart review and preliminary clinical review of patients referred to research/clinical programs.

    Communicates w/ doctors, mental health clinicians, and front desk staff.

    Organizes correspondence with/payments for study participants.

    Understands research design/coordinates execution of study protocols for studies related to mindfulness and compassion.

    Organizes data collection in web-based databases (i.e. REDCap).

    Coordinates with post-doctoral fellows and Research Program Manager to schedule MRI scans, EEG visits, and other interventions.

    Prepares participants for experiments/supports MRI scanning when needed.

    Performs data entry, maintains regulatory binders, source databases/documents, adverse events logs, protocol violations, and ensures accuracy/integrity of study data.

    Ensures studies comply with institutional/federal/state regulations for human subjects protections.

    Prepares reports/presentations, performs literature searches.

    Coordinates stakeholders for meetings, development of materials, budget and contracts, and regulatory paperwork submission.

    Helps develop/organize documentation for new grant applications.

    Works with PI to create systems and workflow improvements.

    Maintains/contributes to research content of CMC website.

    Conducts extra assignments requested by PI


    Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills w/ the ability to interact with a variety of constituencies both internal and external to the organization. Ability to be proactive, resourceful, and respectful on a team. Ability to organize and execute multiple complex projects. High level of cultural competency and willingness to grow in this area. Interest in participating in and shaping a highly collaborative and diverse wider CMC team whose activities span a range of areas including community programming, social justice issues, and health care improvement. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google G-suite. Knowledge of office practices. Knowledge of office practices and procedures. Experience with human subjects research. Ability to process sensitive information in a timely manner and maintain strict confidentiality. Ability to handle high priority projects simultaneously and be detail oriented. Ability to concentrate and complete tasks with ongoing interruptions and distractions. Requires prolonged sitting, some bending and stretching, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, fax, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment. Requires a normal/corrected-to-normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate reports.

    Has capacity to travel independently and in a timely manner to various work sites within the metro-North Boston area that may be difficult to reach by public transportation.

    Required Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Pre-medicine, or related field required; Interests in both clinical program implementation and biomedical research are helpful. 1+ years of research experience, or the equivalent, preferred. Experience in mindfulness-based interventions preferred, excitement to learn highly encouraged. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is a bonus.


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