Research Study Specialist (RSS)

USA-NY-New York
3 weeks ago
Requisition ID
Research - Clinical

Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.


For the 27th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2016, as well as Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards 2017. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Description

We Are:


Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. Our extraordinary scientists and clinicians work together to drive innovation and tackle some of the greatest challenges of biomedical science.


Memorial Sloan Kettering is seeking a Research Study Specialist (RSS) for the Temporary Research Support Service (TRSS). The service provides temporary assistance to various departments at MSKCC for short-term purposes only.


A Research Study Specialist (RSS) may be assigned to the following type of projects:

  • Research staff turnover (i.e. protocol and/or clinic coverage)
  • Backlogged data entry
  • Expected or unexpected employee absence (i.e., maternity leave, illness)
  • Preceptorship of research staff
  • Special projects (i.e. short-term studies, RSA training, etc)

The service requires the Research Study Specialist to have at least 2 years of MSK research experience to ensure adequate knowledge of research and institutional systems to decrease the length of onsite training and increase project productivity. This is an opportunity for research staff to get experience on research projects in a variety of departments and services within the clinical research community at MSK.


You Have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and 1 years clinical research experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK)
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities to analyze situations, draw conclusions, make recommendations as needed and convey this information in a timely and proficient manner.
  • The ability to multitask and use specialized knowledge and experience to handle complex work assignments, including cross-coverage throughout the institution.
  • The ideal candidate would be someone who is responsible, organized, detail-oriented, likes taking initiative, and can communicate with different departments
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

You Are:

  • Curious and eager to tackle a wide variety of problems across the clinical research community at MSKCC
  • Adaptable to the needs of other departments and services
  • A good decision-maker, with proven success at making timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward
  • Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Able to hold yourself and others accountable in order to achieve goals and live up to commitments
  • An effective communicator, capable of determining how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding
  • Resilient in recovering from setbacks and skilled at finding detours around obstacles
  • Flexible in your approach and demeanor in order to align with the shifting demands of evolving circumstances within the various departments
  • Interested in gaining exposure to medical terminology and the various disease types treated at MSKCC
  • You are comfortable with or interested in working with and organizing large amounts of data

You Will:

  • Assist with short-term projects and provide cross-coverage to various research teams
  • Be responsible for coordinating and performing data collection and QA, data entry, and data extraction and analysis for research projects, databases and research protocols 
  • Provide clinic support by assisting with patient recruitment and management on study,
  • Be responsible for managing retrospective research projects and biospecimen projects
  • Support and help ensure complete regulatory compliance
  • Coordinate meetings with the PIs and provide assistance to other RSAs as needed
  • Ensure that all appropriate Institutional, State, and Federal regulations are followed throughout the research project, database or protocol, and that research protocols are approved by Institutional Review Board and all regulatory documentation is completed
  • Assist with training new staff members as needed 
  • Provide clerical and administrative support, such as filing and scheduling meetings and appointments as needed


MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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