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Research Coordinator I


Job Purpose:

The Research Coordinator provides administrative and research support to the key members of the research team conducting addiction-related research. The Research Coordinator will help develop content for research-related deliverables, maintain databases, and conduct studies in accordance with research protocols. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with data collection procedures and activities at different sites; this entails frequent travel to sites, working directly with site staff involved with the project, and conducting in-person and telephone interviews (sometimes during off-hours and sometimes off-site). The Research Coordinator also will help plan and coordinate substantive aspects of meetings, including handling correspondence and assisting with travel arrangements and reimbursements.


Work Experience:

Proficiency with Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and experience with Internet searches. Experience with other database programs as well as basic computer programming is a plus. The applicant should have a strong interest in scientific research, in general, and addiction-related research, specifically. Experience working on research projects required. The candidate for this position must have highly developed organizational and research skills, excellent computer skills, and the ability to work both in a team environment and to function independently, yet collaboratively. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills also required.


Job - Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Author for The BASIS ( Ė must collaborate with other Division researchers in writing a weekly newsletter disseminated via the Internet

  • Prepare substantive aspects of IRB applications

  • Conduct literature and database reviews

  • Conduct analyses for various projects

  • Book travel and assist with travel reimbursement

  • Monitor disbursement of research participant incentives and honoraria

  • Complete telephone and in-person surveys and interviews with research participants

  • Coordinate sample maintenance activities for various projects

  • Develop online research survey instruments

  • Collaborate with study personnel in the strategic planning of future external funding grant applications

  • Design, create and revise research instruments as necessary to ensure quality data that fulfills research objectives

  • Coordinate multiple data collection efforts for one or more research projects which may include other collaborating agencies or institutions

  • Consult with co-investigators on appropriate management of participant problems and concerns

  • Develop and manage interim reports for principal investigators, industry sponsors, and institutional review board to ensure that each project is moving toward timely completion

  • Database quality control

  • Liaise between the project team and significant parties

  • Ensure that projects are executed successfully and completed within time frames to meet research objectives

  • Write and edit technical reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation.

  • Assist in the training and supervision of research staff

Working Conditions and Physical Environment: Office (primary) Ė Academic Addiction-related Research; local (Massachusetts) travel required.


Education/Training: BA/BS required


Job Openings: 1


Anticipated Start Date: June/July


Application: Please apply online at (type Research Coordinator in the keyword field and select the position at Station Landing) or send a cover letter and your resume to Tasha Chandler:


Division on Addiction Undergraduate Summer Research Mentorship

The Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School offers a research-intensive summer training program to undergraduates interested in learning about the science of addiction. Next opening - Summer 2016. We are not accepting any additional applications for Summer 2015.

Program Eligibility

Undergraduate students who currently are studying at a university or four-year college are eligible for this program. Qualified students will have demonstrated an interest in research related to addiction and/or related fields of study (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, public health, public policy) and have some experience with research methods and/or scientific writing.

Program Goals

The Division on Addiction Undergraduate Summer Research Mentorship provides undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct supervised addiction-related research at a competitive research institution within a supportive learning environment. Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of well-trained professionals who pursue careers in addiction science.

Program Description

Summer Research mentees will work directly with Division on Addiction faculty members to conduct original research related to addiction. The Divisionís ongoing research efforts are diverse but share a common focus on contributing to the worldwide understanding of addiction, with the ultimate goal of alleviating the social, medical, and economic burdens caused by addictive behaviors. Research at the Division on Addiction includes studies of gambling and Internet gambling, DUI behavior and mental health, as well as mental health issues among homeless populations. Our research also includes the implementation of computerized tools to assist in the assessment and treatment of substance use and mental health problems.

Summer Research mentees learn by doing. They will receive hands-on training that targets reading and discussing scientific research papers (see, developing hypotheses, carrying out research projects (e.g., methods, measures, and data analysis), and disseminating findings in writing and in oral presentations. Though they will work primarily with one Division faculty mentor, students will attend staff research meetings to learn about other ongoing projects and how researchers meet challenges they face throughout all phases of the research process.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Mentorship does not provide stipends or housing support.


The Division on Addiction accepts applications on a rolling basis. Please send a CV and a letter describing your research interests and experience to Dr. Heather Gray, Associate Director of Academic Affairs, Division on Addiction (

Division on Addiction Visiting Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Division on Addiction. Visiting Scholars are senior academics and distinguished visitors who hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent. The Division accepts no more than two Visiting Scholars annually. Visiting Scholars usually are on temporary leave from their universities or research centers. They visit the Division for relatively short periods, usually no longer than a year, to collaborate on research projects and publications with Division scholars. Visiting Scholars typically are self-supported and, depending upon qualifications, might be eligible for a visiting faculty appointment with Harvard Medical School. In collaboration with members of the Division, Visiting Scholars typically analyze and write about the results of existing research rather than collect new data. Some Visiting Scholars bring data to analyze while they are at the Division. Visiting Scholars have access to office space, telephones, and other support services while at the Division.

Please click here to see a list of former Visiting Faculty, Scholars, and Postdoctoral Fellows.

To apply for a Visiting Scholar position at the Division, please send the following to Dr. Heather Gray at (1) a current CV; (2) a three-to-four page letter describing the project to be undertaken at the Division and how it relates to your past research and training; (3) a letter of faculty support. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

The Divisionís Committee on Visiting Scholars meets regularly to review applications. While reviewing applications, we focus on the merit of the applicantís proposed project and its relation to the applicantís past work. We also examine the extent to which the proposed project is relevant to the Divisionís mission of strengthening worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information. We often give preference to proposals related to the Divisionís current activities. During the review process, we might solicit recommendations and other supporting materials; we also invite potential applicants to complete an interview.


Study Recruitment Opportunities

Women veterans

Concerned about your drinking or substance use?

We invite you to participate in a research project. If eligible, you can receive up to 12 free sessions of psychotherapy to help reduce drinking or drug use.

You will be asked to fill out some questionnaires at the beginning and end of treatment, and during the study.

You may be compensated up to $325 for your participation.

If you would like to learn more about this research project, please call the research team at 857-364-6539.


Are you a veteran?
Are you currently experiencing stress or emotional difficulties?
Are you concerned about your alcohol or drug use?

We invite you to participate in a research project. If eligible, you may receive up to 17 free sessions of psychotherapy to help you manage your stress and alcohol/drug use.

You will be asked to fill out some questionnaires at the beginning and end of the study, and during the study. You will be compensated up to $250 for filling these out.

If you would like to learn more about this research project, please call the research team at 857-364-6539.


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