Now hiring a Research Assistant for the Functional Outcomes and Recovery after Trauma Emergencies (FORTE) project.  

Posted: April 18, 2022

Research Assistant II / 40 Hours / Days / Division of Trauma, Burn, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery – (3192707)

GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT: Summarize the nature and level of work performed.

The Functional Outcomes and Recovery after Trauma Emergencies (FORTE) project collects long-term clinical, physical, and mental health outcomes for individuals who survive traumatic injuries with the overarching aim of establishing a national registry of long-term outcomes.

The FORTE Research Assistant will work under the supervision of a Project Manager, Research Fellow, and Investigators and follow established policies and procedures, recruit, and work with patients to complete surveys, collect and organize patient data, and maintain and update data generated by the study. Please note that this position will include patient data collection and interaction by phone with patients will be required.

The Research Assistant may also assist project investigators with additional research projects related to FORTE as needed. The Remote Evaluation of Symptoms and Trauma Outcomes in Recovery (RESTORE) Study is a digital phenotyping project related to FORTE. The Research Assistant will screen, recruit, and enroll patients as well as monitor data collection. Please note that this project will include interacting with patients while they are inpatient at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Indicate key areas of responsibility, major job duties, special projects and key objectives for this position.  These items should be evaluated throughout the year and included in the written annual evaluation.

  1. Recruits and enrolls potential study participants.
  2. Coordinates monthly mailing to all potential study participants across study sites.
  3. Responsible for screening study applicants, ensuring they meet appropriate criteria.
  4. Conducts telephonic interviews with patients.
  5. Collects study data (via telephone interview) and maintains confidential patient records in REDCap database.
  6. Develops, organizes, and/or maintains the study database. Responsible for data validation and quality control.
  7. Prepares call lists and works with student callers to divide the list equally.
  8. Performs literature searches, as appropriate.
  9. Assists PI or Research Manager with preparation for presentation and written published articles.
  10. Assists with regulatory documentation as directed by project manager.
  11. Responsible for training and orienting new staff.
  12. All other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: (MUST be realistic, neither overstated nor understated, and related to the essential functions of the job.)

  • B.S. or B.A.
  • At least one year of work experience in a research setting. Sound independent judgment and competence in research methodologies.

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: (MUST be realistic, neither overstated nor understated, and related to the essential functions of the job.)

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to resolve technical or research problems and issues and to interpret the acceptability of data results.
  • High degree of computer literacy.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subjects’ rights and individual needs.
  • Knowledge of data management programs.
  • Spanish-speaking a plus.
  • Familiarity with clinical research protocols preferred.


Responsible for training and orienting new staff.  May serve as a team leader in a smaller research setting.


This role will require occasional light lifting (less than 20 lbs.). The role also requires working at a computer for an extended period of time. Currently, this can be partially remote, although in-office time and patient recruitment within the hospital is required.


Works within legal, regulatory, accreditation and ethical practice standards relevant to the position and as established by BWH/MGB; follows safe practices required for the position; complies with appropriate BWH and MGB policies and procedures; fulfills any training required by BWH and/or MGB, as appropriate; brings potential matters of non-compliance to the attention of the supervisor or other appropriate hospital staff.

 EEO Statement 

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.