Research Assistant III Non-Lab
Job posting number: #7076553
Posted: March 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionJob-Specific Responsibilities
The Research Assistant (RA) will support health services research projects led by two senior faculty members, Dr. Bruce Landon and Dr. Michael McWilliams, who are professors at Harvard Medical School. This position is based in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. This research will be on topics that are highly relevant to U.S. health care policy. Current projects focus on the economics of the Medicare program, including the role of private Medicare plans and Accountable Care Organizations, payment system design, risk adjustment, quality of care including the provision of low value care, and international comparisons of medical care.
The main tasks of the Research Assistant will be to assist with coordinating and carrying out research projects, including conducting literature reviews, drafting portions of manuscripts related to the data analysis, and creating presentation slides with findings from the analyses. The Research Assistant will participate in team meetings and be expected to work in a collaborative and supportive manner with other members of the research team. Relatedly, the Research Assistant will help support the faculty member with project management, such as IRB applications, meeting notes, and data compliance tasks. We also anticipate that the RA will assist with some tasks related to data programming and statistical analysis. This work will involve developing data files that can be analyzed (i.e., “cleaning the data”) as well using statistical analysis to analyze the data (with supervision by the PIs). Thus, a background in statistical programming is preferred (STATA necessary, both STATA and SAS encouraged), though not a firm requirement. A basic understanding of economics and econometrics is also preferred. The RA will also be expected to have strong writing skills in order to help with manuscript drafts based on the analyses.
Two or more years related research experience. Higher education may count towards experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
Applicant should have proficiency in using statistical software packages such as STATA.
BA or BS preferably in the field of specific research study, with a preference for coursework in a social science field (economics, statistics, or sociology with a quantitative focus). Should demonstrate interest, experience, or background in the areas of public economics/public finance or health insurance and/or health services organization, financing, and delivery. Must be proficient with most computer software including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Must have working knowledge of statistical software such as STATA and/or SAS. Competency with LaTeX preferred. Must learn other software as needed. Independent judgment, patience and excellent communication skills are required to respond efficiently to varied/complex tasks. Organization and attention to detail a must. Flexibility and an ability to work with a team are essential. Must be able to maintain a calm and cooperative attitude during periods of increased staff activity.
This is a one-year term position from date of hire, with possibility of extension contingent upon performance and continued funding for the position.
Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.