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Qualitative Research Manager

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
Closing date
Feb 13, 2022

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Position Type
Research Scientist / Analyst
Full Time
Organization Type
Qualitative Research Manager

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Clinical Research

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk



As part of the Survey and Qualitative Methods Core (SQMC) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), the SQMC Qualitative Research Specialist will provide expertise and technical support in the areas of developing and implementing data collection protocols, cognitive testing/interviewing, focus groups, in-depth interviews, data coding and analysis, program evaluation, and other qualitative methods for collecting self-reported, observational data from research subjects. In conjunction with the members of the SQMC, this individual will engage with faculty and staff of the DFCI and DF/HCC as a qualitative consultant/collaborator on observational, behavioral, and clinical outcomes studies. This position works under the supervision of the Associate Director and Research Scientists of the SQMC and follows established policies and procedures in order support a wide variety of projects across multiple institutions within the Harvard medical research community. The Qualitative Research Specialist also facilitates regulatory requirements for data acquisition and management, such as institutional review board protocols and Data Use Agreements, and enrollment reporting to external and internal stakeholders, as applicable.

    • Analyze research needs and identify appropriate research methods and strategies; assist with protocol development.
    • Develop interview/moderator guides.
    • Conduct in-depth interviews and moderate focus groups.
    • Code qualitative data.
    • Perform analysis of qualitative data for presentation to research faculty and staff.
    • Manage the analysis, interpretation, and reporting process to the specifications of individual project timeline and budget requirements.
    • Maintain the security, confidentiality and data integrity of patient information, study materials and data.
    • Facilitate regulatory requirements for data acquisition and management. Interact with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for protocol submission and continuing reviews.
    • Attend and contributes to research in progress meetings.
    • Maintain a complete record of research activities and results in a reproducible manner.
    • Perform other duties, as assigned.


  • Master's degree in medical anthropology, medical sociology, social sciences, cultural studies, health sciences research, public health, or related field with an emphasis on qualitative research methods
  • 2 or more years of extensive experience conducting qualitative research in a clinical, academic research or similar setting
  • Spanish language fluency strongly preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work on a team and effectively interact with all levels of staff and external contacts.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent ability to work independently and balance multiple projects, tasks, and priorities simultaneously.
  • Careful attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Comfortable in a clinic environment, including ability to interact with adult and pediatric patients.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for research participants' rights and individual needs.


Interviews and focus groups may be conducted with adult and pediatric patients in a clinic environment.


The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.

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