Research Data Specialist - Hematologic Malignancy Data Repository

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS


Posted: 29-Aug-23

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 2023-36230

The Research Data Specialist will support the Hematologic Malignancy Data Repository (HMDR) within the Heme Malignancy clinical research program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, under the auspices of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Coleman Lindsley, in the areas of data collection, computing, and database organization ( and These job duties will be primarily related to capturing clinical, genomic, and pathologic information on patients with hematologic abnormalities, including patients with acute leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other blood cancers. Duties may include but are not limited to: interviews/discussion with clinicians and scientists in order to develop and refine database architecture; 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 and research data. The Research Data Specialist may work as a content expert by helping clinical and translational researchers develop data requests, and enhance database functionality.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

  • Evaluating and tracking the eligibility of cases for inclusion in the Hematologic Malignancy Data Repository for patient cohorts with leukemia-related, lymphoma-related, and plasma cell-related diseases.
  • Maintaining on-going communications with study team for data collection needs.
  • Reviewing and abstracting the medical records for patients. Entering the clinical and research data into the designated database.
  • Accessing patient demographic, clinical, and research information from the clinical systems including but not limited to the electronic medical record.
  • Reviewing data for quality and completeness using reporting software.
  • Collaborating with principal investigators, researchers, and clinicians in the continued development of the research projects.
  • Assist principal investigators and staff in the creation of data reports for quality assurance measures.
  • May be responsible for IRB and regulatory submissions and maintenance of regulatory files.
  • Guide clinician questions with expert knowledge of how data collected may be leveraged to evaluate hypotheses or formulate research plans.



  • Bachelor???s Degree required.
  • Clinical and/or research experience in a health, medical, data, or scientific related field preferred.


??? Must practice discretion and adhere to institutional confidentiality guidelines at all times.
??? Computer skills, including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products, required.
??? Ability to perform primary duties above independently after training.

The ideal candidate will have education, experience, and/or interest in:

??? Reading and synthesizing information
??? Learning new clinical and medical vocabulary
??? Learning about the different types of hematologic malignancies, their treatments, and how to assess outcomes
??? Conducting medical record reviews and abstractions
??? Data collection and entry
??? Cancer-related research
??? Patient-centered outcomes
??? Public Health
??? Medicine

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong. As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

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.

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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 under-served members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
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