RESEARCH ASSISTANT I: Department of Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery

Location: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Research Focus: Rheumatology

Starting Salary: $43k

Minimum Commitment: 2 years (24 months)


The Research Assistant is an integral member of the research team responsible for a variety of tasks essential to the conduct of clinical research. This position involves a great deal of patient contact as well as interaction with physicians of various specialties in the hospital. Duties include (but are not limited to) recruitment of patients, assessment of eligibility criteria, administration of questionnaires, coordination of study visits, drawing blood, obtaining specimen form the operating room, processing of biospecimens, obtaining regulatory approvals, and maintaining accurate databases. S/he will have proven abilities to work autonomously, bearing independent responsibility to ensure data accuracy and timely follow through of study procedures. Opportunities for mentorship, authorship, and presentation at academic conferences exist for the right candidate.  


  • Identify, screen, recruit, obtain consent from patients for participation in research studies
  • Administer questionnaires, interviews in person, electronically, by mail or over phone
  • Coordinate patient visits; ensure protocol compliance
  • Prepare, submit, maintain study related materials/approvals for Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Schedule and set agendas for study team meetings; send notes afterwards (emphasis on action items)
  • Regularly report on progress towards project milestones
  • Organize and maintain all files and documents related to specific projects (electronic and physical files as applicable)
  • Design/maintain databases (i.e.REDCap), data collection forms, source documents, IRB documents, etc
  • Collect, process, store, ship blood/tissue/microbiome specimens (phlebotomy training provided as applicable)
  • Prepare and submit abstracts, manuscripts and presentations to disseminate study results/progress (includes proofing and editing, collection of financial disclosures
  • Assist in grant documents/submissions
  • Update curriculum vitae for PI’s and co-investigators as applicable 
  • Create/maintain study specific instruction manuals and administrative training documents
  • Provide training to new-hire replacement upon leaving position


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Clinical research experience preferred
  • Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Endnote
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to use tact, discretion, and sound judgment when dealing with confidential information

DIRECTIONS TO APPLY:  Email resume, transcripts (unofficial), and cover letter to Sandy Zeng at

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By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director of Advanced Degree Applications & STEM Career Advising