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Fenway Health Research Assistant, TOGETHR in Boston, Massachusetts

Research Assistant, TOGETHR

Boston, MA ( • The Fenway Institute

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Under the direction of Principal Investigator, Dr. Sari Reisner, the Clinical Research Operations Manager, and the Study Coordinator, the Research Associate (RA) works with staff in the Epidemiology Research Program at The Fenway Institute to support and implement clinical trials according to specified study protocols. The primary study the RA will work on is a federally funded HIV prevention trial of peer-delivered strategies with transgender men and transmasculine people. Specific tasks this role performs are listed below.

Representative Duties:

Assists Research Projects

  • Supports new and ongoing research protocol(s)

  • Identifies and troubleshoots research issues raised by staff, collaborators, sponsors, or funders.

  • Communicates with study investigators, recruitment staff, and other study staff regularly regarding study activities.

  • Adheres to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for consistent operations in compliance with protocol guidelines.

  • Maintains current knowledge of LGBTQIA+ health by reading academic journals, articles, attending conferences, seminars, forums, trainings, and other professional development opportunities.

Assists with the Recruitment and Retention of Study Volunteers

  • Conducts recruitment and community engagement.

  • Collaborates with the recruitment team and other staff to identify creative measures for reaching potential study participants.

  • Assists with screening and scheduling of study participants.

  • Reviews, discusses, and completes informed consent with potential participants, either remotely or in-person

  • Implements retention efforts.

Assists with Data Collection

  • Conducts research study visits according to protocol(s) including meeting with participants, administering surveys, and delivering intervention(s)

  • Assists in the development of research products and publications through literature reviews, editing, writing, and preparing results.

Meets Agency Participatory Expectations

Performs other related duties as required


  • Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with colleagues, patients, clients and vendors across the spectrum of diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, national origin and immigrant status, religious or spiritual identity, disability (physical, mental, emotional and developmental), veteran status, and/or limited English proficiency.

  • Willingness to contribute towards Fenway’s efforts in becoming an anti-racist organization and promoting a culture dedicated to ongoing development in service of humility, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, where differences are acknowledged and valued.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field related to social science or epidemiology research.

  • Seeking candidate with lived experiences as a transgender man, transmasculine person, or gender-diverse community member

  • Familiarity working to address LGBTQIA+ community needs, with emphasis on working with transgender and gender-diverse communities.

  • Experience with HIV and sexual health education, and screening with diverse at-risk populations

  • Familiarity with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and software

  • Attention to detail.

  • Ability to function autonomously in a collaborative interdisciplinary team.

  • Manages stress effectively.

  • Capacity for detail and multitasking

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Team player, aware of the needs of the group

  • Receptive to training and feedback.

  • Critical thinker – able to anticipate shortfalls and plan ahead.

We offer competitive salaries, and for those who qualify, an excellent benefits package; including comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans, and a retirement plan with employer match. We also provide 12 paid holidays, paid vacation, and more.

LGBTQIA+ identified persons, Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC), and individuals from other historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Highly experienced individuals may be compensated at a higher rate.

Salary Description

$22.62 -25.95 /hour (20 hours per week)