Title: Research Analyst I – MA Center for Birth Defects Research & Prevention, Bureau of Family Health & Nutrition
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Research Associate I will assist in achieving all project deliverables for the “BD-STEPS” Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy exposures grant, funded by CDC, and carried out at the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. The Research Associate will work closely with both the BD-STEPS main study coordinator as well as the BD-STEPS stillbirth component study coordinator.
The ideal candidates will be highly motivated, confident, and interested in public health issues, as well as be self-starters who can demonstrate an ability to take initiative and a desire to learn. Ideal candidates should also have well-developed organizational and administrative skills to learn to anticipate the needs of the Bureau Director without significant direction.
The Research Associate will assist in all day-to-day activities, which include but are not limited to: tracking participants’ participation statuses; preparing mailing packages and letters to be sent to participants; filing study documents such as consent forms; and updating and tracing mailing addresses. The Research Associate has to further understand the workings of the Birth Defects Surveillance Program and assist the Surveillance Coordinator with tasks such as data entry and data cleaning in order to facilitate successful and smooth enrollment of BD-STEPS study participants. The Research Associate will need to assist with other tasks of the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, as needed.
The applicant should be willing and able to work in a team-oriented and collaborative environment with occasionally tight deadlines. Attention to detail is an absolute must for this position. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as proficiency in common computer applications (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is expected. Experience working with databases (such as Microsoft Access) is a plus. Applicant must have the ability adhere to strict confidentiality protocols.
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