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Job Description

Interested in innovating brain disease? Join Dr. Clemens Scherzer and his inter-disciplinary team of the Neurogenomics Laboratory and Precision Neurology Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Our goal is to shift medicine for Parkinson's disease from a reactive, one-size-fits-all approach to a predictive, proactive, tailored, precision neurology using large-scale genomics and biomarkers studies. To achieve this, we search for predictive genes and biomarkers that track disease-relevant process in biofluids are needed.

The Harvard Biomarkers Study has enrolled and followed over 3,000 participants, making it one of the largest longitudinal biobanks for Parkinson's in the world. See www.scherzerlaboratory.org and www.bwhparkinsoncenter.org for articles and press on our research.

The Technical Research Assistant I/Study Coordinator will play a key role in multiple genetic, transcriptomics, and lipidomics studies designed to identify genes predictive of disease progression and biomarkers useful for clinical trials, working independently under the direction of the Project Manager and Principal Investigator. Moreover, you will be involved in next generation sequencing projects of specific brain neurons and critical susceptibility and prognosis loci. Working with our interdisciplinary team at BWH and our collaborators around the nation, you will be involved in recruiting and enrolling research participants, performing clinical assessments and motor examinations, reviewing medical charts, performing blood draws, banking biospecimens, and assisting with the curation of our large database.

We are looking for a hardworking, detail oriented, and focused candidate. The ideal candidate will be interested to grow in a long-term career in research and/or the medical field (a minimum commitment for two years is required). BS or BA is required. GPA of equal or higher than 3.4 is required. Must be able to communicate in excellent English and possess good interpersonal skills. Applications must include 1) cover letter; 2) biosketch, resume, or CV with GPA scores (or equivalent). Candidates under consideration may be asked to provide a letter of recommendation from a professional supervisor (e.g. advisor or previous PI); and contact information for three supervisors (name, institution, phone, email) who are willing to be contacted for reference.


1. Identifies study participants for recruitment, following study criteria. Keeps logs and maintains up-to-date records on all research participants.

2. Contacts and enrolls participants, administers study questionnaires, neurological examinations, and draws blood for analysis.

3. Processes biospecimens for storage according to laboratory protocol.

4. Codes and enters data according to written protocol.

5. Performs data curation and extraction using access and other software.

6. Assists in the supervision of intern student(s) in accordance with project demands.

7. Assists with drafting formats for questionnaires, surveys, interviews, and other instruments as needed for research projects, assuring ease in administration and accuracy of data entry.

8. May assist in writing progress reports, human subjects annual reviews, and development and revision of instruments.

9. Performs all other related duties and assignments as required.


* BS or BA is required.
* GPA of equal or higher than 3.4 is required.
* Must be able to communicate in excellent English.
* Good interpersonal skills are required.
* Excellent organizational talents are required.
* We are seeking stability for a minimum of 24-months


1. Must be able to manage multiple responsibilities and set individual goals and timelines.

2. Must be willing and able to learn how to perform blood draws (phlebotomy).

3. Must have interpersonal skills to interact with research participants and staff in a friendly, clear, and organized manner.

4. Must be detailed, and able to prioritize and organize work responsibilities.

5. Must possess integrity to maintain confidentiality.

6. Must demonstrate accuracy in recording data.

7. Must be able to make independent judgments under general supervision for the above-mentioned job duties and responsibilities.

8. Must have good command of the English language and be interested in genetic and omics research.

9. Must be willing to precisely collect data and enter into an electronic data base.

10. Must be willing to help others as needed.


1. Works in office, normal laboratory environment and hospital clinic where there are no discomforts due to extreme temperature, dust, and the like.

2. Hazardous materials are used in some of the experiments conducted.

3. Human tissue will be used (including blood, CSF, autopsy brain).


May participate in training personnel, though not in a traditional supervisory capacity.

About Partners HealthCare System

Partners HealthCare, founded in 1994 by MGH and BWH, offers patients a continuum of coordinated, high-quality care. Partners includes primary care and specialty physicians, community hospitals, the two founding academic medical centers, specialty facilities, community health centers, and other health-related organizations. Partners is a non-profit organization supported in part by charitable contributions.

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