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Boston University RESEARCH SPECIALIST, School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology in BOSTON, Massachusetts

The Precision Brain Health Initiative at Boston University is seeking a highly motivated, proactive and collaborative full time Research Specialist. This position will be directly assisting with responsibilities relating to a relatively new AHA/Gates Ventures funded Dementia Innovation Center aimed at developing an Integrated Digital Technology Platform for Optimization of Precision Brain Health. The project includes but is not limited to, working directly with participants and data from the BU ADC HOPE Study and the Bogalusa Heart Study. As part of the BU ADC team, the RS will serve as a liaison between the BU (BU ADC) and Tulane (BHS) teams. In addition, they will be tasked with managing one of the AHA-funded projects by conducting study visits with participants, acting as the point of contact for technology companies that wish to join our suite of technologies, and/or answering participant questions regarding technologies that participants will use over the course of the study. We seek a highly motivated, proactive, and collaborative individual. This job involves working with elderly participants who may be cognitively impaired, so experience with sensitive populations and patient facing or customer care experience are a plus. Applicants must possess a BA or BS degree in neuroscience, psychology, public health or related social and life science field plus two or more years of research experience working with human subjects, excellent communication and organizational skills, and a strong interest in the application of mobile and remote technology to improve and monitor cognitive health at scale. Previous experience using mobile or electronic applications and devices for cognitive status or other health monitoring is preferred but not required. Additional specific responsibilities: Help collect digital phenotypic data through a combination of in-clinic and remote monitoring devices and smartphone applications related to the EDoN and Linus platforms Provide on-going tech support and logistics (mailing out devices, returns, instructions, manuals) Collate, manage and analyze data associated with age-related cognitive decline Search the scientific literature and digital technology business sector to inform evolvement of the platform as well as guide study design and analyses Help PIs conduct statistical data analyses ensuring all assumptions are met Prepare data summaries in forms of reports and presentations Take part in general project management and meeting administrative and funding organizations reporting requirements

Required Skills

  • 2 or more years of research experience working with human subjects

  • BA or BS degree in neuroscience, psychology, public health, or related social and life science field

  • Solid analytical skills, attention to detail, ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Previous experience in protocol and manual documentation

  • Ability to work independently and effectively collaborate with other staff in a multidisciplinary environment and with collaborating institutions

  • Experience with troubleshooting technology (training will be provided for all tech/apps)

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement ( within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions ( ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site ( .

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Required Experience