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Research Data Specialist - Breast Oncology Center

Research Data Specialist - Breast Oncology Center

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Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Full Remote: 4-5 days remote/wk


The Research Data Specialist of the Dana-Farber Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program will support the clinical research program in the areas of data collection, assurance of high quality data, and database organization. Duties include the examination, synthesis, and evaluation of medical records; the abstraction and recording of pertinent medical information; and the monitoring of patient status. The Research Data Specialist will be responsible for the collection, management, and quality assurance review of patient clinical data.

The Dana-Farber Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program has been in existence since 2010 and has successfully developed and maintained three IRB approved retrospective clinical registries to facilitate the investigation of IBC that house more than 600 patients. Since its inception, the DFCI Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program has utilized the information obtained from these active databases and biobank to investigate various questions including: the impact of locoregional treatment in metastatic IBC, incidence of CNS metastasis in IBC, prevalence of pathogenic germline variants in IBC, the impact of pathologic complete response to preoperative systemic therapy among all subtypes of IBC, and the metabolic characterization of IBC using PET-imaging. In addition, these registries have provided extensive information concerning the biology and epidemiology of IBC, allowing for investigation and presentation at national and international scientific meetings.

This position is 4-5 days remote. Only applicants living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire at the time of employment will be considered.


  • Review and abstract clinical information from medical records for patients into departmental databases upon study enrollment and follow-up.   
  • Verify data for quality and completeness based on audits and standard quality assurance reports and for preparation for analyses. 
  • Collaborate with other RDS, project managers, principal investigators, analyst programmers and IS staff in the continued development of the database infrastructure for breast oncology and DFCI.
  • Assist principal investigators and study team in the creation of lists of patients for routine queries for study feasibility and analyses that may include various data sources such as departmental databases (e.g. RedCap, Progeny), OnCore, and caTissue and interfaces with OncDRS.
  • Assist principal investigators and study team in the collection of additional clinical data for specific research studies when needed.
  • May assist study team with other research-related tasks such as: identification and collection of biological specimens; regulatory needs such as User Committee proposals, IRB applications, amendments and continuing reviews.


  • Bachelor's Degree required. 
  • 0-1 year of related experience preferred. Experience working in a medical or scientific research setting or comparable technology orientated business environment preferred. 
  • Computer skills, including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products required. Prior experience with RedCap database preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills required. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills - ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts. 
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to follow-through. 
  • Ability to effectively manage time and prioritize workload. 
  • Must practice discretion and adhere to institutional confidentiality guidelines at all times.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Salary Range
$71,000.00 - 138,000.00
per Year
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Boston, MA 02298, US