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Boston University NEUROLOGY RESEARCH SPECIALIST II, School of Medicine, Anatomy & Neurobiology in Framingham, Massachusetts

The Framingham Heart Study Brain Aging Program (FHS-BAP) is responsible for neuropsychological, neurological, and brain imaging exams with participants in all FHS cohorts. We provide ongoing surveillance of participants who have been flagged as possibly having cognitive impairment. We also do consensus review of flagged participants to determine endpoints related to whether they have cognitive impairment/dementia, to what degree, and due to which etiology. FHS-BAP also provides infrastructure support for related ancillary studies that further contribute to the FHS Brain Aging data resource. We are seeking a Research Specialist (Nurse Practitioner, Physicians Assistant, Medical Graduate) for the the Brain Aging Program. Core responsibilities include conducting structured neurological exams and brief structured clinical interviews about cognition with participants and informants. The Research Specialist II will guide other Research Specialists when decisions related to the clinical scales being administered have added complexity. The Research Specialist II will be responsible for data entry into a Redcap database. These examinations will take place at the Framingham Heart Study, although it may be required to make home visits as well on a regular basis. These duties are purely for research and no formal licensure is required. Additional responsibilities will include chart review, participation in diagnostic consensus conferences, preparing case reports for dementia diagnostic meetings, and/or retrospective chart review. The position will be trained and be supervised by the Study Neurologists.

This job is in-person at the Framingham Heart Study in Framingham, MA. This multifaceted position requires someone who is mature, independent, self-initiating, and comfortable working in an unstructured, non-traditional, dynamically evolving research environment with little supervision. Proficiency in a 2nd language desired but not required. Licensure not required.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of experience

  • This is a Framingham based position

    Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement ( within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption ( instructions ( ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources ( site.

    We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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