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Hackensack Meridian Health Research Assistant, CPC - Center for Discovery & Innovation in Nutley, New Jersey


The Research Assistant, CPC will be responsible for the day-to-day completion of tasks necessary for the success of an assigned behavioral science research project or set of related projects performed by or in conjunction with the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of Hackensack University Medical Center/John Theurer Cancer Center.

The Center for Discovery and Innovation- CDI was established by Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) as an academic basic and translational research enterprise to rapidly translate science innovation to the clinic and to improve outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmune disease and other acute and chronic diseases. The CDI has grown rapidly since its origins in 2019, and now has 32 labs, 190 scientists and allied personnel supported by 60 NIH grants and more than 30 other grants and contracts. Areas of expertise include genomics, epigenetics, drug resistance, stem cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics and biomarker development, and pharmacology.

Dr. Ilona Fridman's research focuses on digital health communication. Dr. Fridman is working on developing innovative solutions to address public health challenges by creating interventions that enhance communication between healthcare providers and patients. Her current research includes a digital intervention to support patient decision making related to cancer treatment in a new era of digital health information. Candidates must have at least one year of experience in a similar position. Candidates with experience and interest in qualitative research, including data collection and qualitative coding of interviews are preferred. Training or certification in qualitative research is highly desirable. Additionally, proficiency in Spanish, both written and spoken, is a strong plus.


A day in the life of a Research Assistant, CPC at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Identifies potential participants, schedules screening and enrollment, obtains consent, administers measurement protocols, and completes activities related to ensuring participant retention, with oversight.

  • Assists with administrative aspects of coordinating activities with other funded sites.

  • Monitors well-being of research participants through measures and interactions with participants, notifying study staff of participants who appear to be impaired or distressed so that proper steps can be taken.

  • Assists with entering and managing data, performing routine data quality assurance procedures, and helping resolve discrepancies, with oversight.

  • Performs background research for manuscripts, publications, and research projects.

  • Maintain bibliographies and a database of important articles and manuscripts.

  • Assists in preparing and organizing study records, scheduling meetings, preparing and distributing meeting minutes.

  • Assists with payment, tracking, and documentation of patient study incentives.

  • Assists with IRB approvals and paperwork.

  • Other administrative tasks as assigned.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required :

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent years of experience.

  • Experience with behavioral human subjects research.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to make good administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.

  • Ability to work independently to plan, organize and prioritize multiple tasks.

  • Knowledge of research methods and topical content of assigned study.

  • Ability to deal effectively and professionally with persons ranging from leaders of national organizations, senior faculty, fellow RAs and patients.

If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

Job ID 2024-149923

Department Ctr for Discovery & Innovation

Site HMH Hospitals Corporation

Job Location US-NJ-Nutley

Position Type Full Time with Benefits

Standard Hours Per Week 40

Shift Day

Shift Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Weekend Work Every Weekend

On Call Work No On-Call Required

Holiday Work No Holidays Required