Location: USA - MA - Boston
The Research Assistant will support Dr. Laura Hatfield, a biostatistician in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, on research in data quality and causal inference. The RA's primary responsibilities are 1) data management and analysis and 2) project management.
Data management and analysis tasks include:
Project management tasks include:
- Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for large federal datasets.
- Maintain code and data documentation.
- Create analytical datasets for analysis by other members of the research team.
- Develop matching algorithms to merge across multiple datasets.
- Summarize and display data in reports that contain both statistics and data visualizations.
- Devise creative explorations of missing data and out-of-range values.
- Manage logistics of study team meetings.
- Maintain shared resources such as reference databases.
- Organize research tasks in Trello.
- Assist with the preparation of required reports for the sponsors, IRB, and data owners.
- Participate in preparing manuscripts and presentations.
This is a one-year grant-funded position, with the possibility of renewal. The position is supported by two large federal grants. The first is the Data and Methods core of a program project grant funded by NIA called "Improving Medicare In an Era of Change". A key aim of the grant is to understand the quality of the new Medicare Advantage encounter data. The second is an RO1 funded by the AHRQQ called "Examining payment and delivery model impacts on health equity using novel quasi-experimental causal inference methods."
- Two or more years of related research experience. Higher education may count towards experience.
- Applicant should have proficiency in using statistical software packages such as STATA.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- BA or BS in (bio)statistics, economics, health policy, or related quantitative field preferred.
- Strong programming skills in R, STATA, or SAS; excellent organization and writing skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, etc.).
- Basic understanding of the Medicare program; experience with Trello and Zotero.
- The ideal candidate will exhibit wise judgment, patience, flexibility, a spirit of curiosity and teamwork, time management, and attention to detail.
- This position is ideal for someone who wants to pursue doctoral studies in (bio)statistics, health economics, or health policy.
This is a one-year term position from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.
This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.
Harvard University continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff, and students, as well as the wider community. Please note that all new employees will be required to provide confirmation of primary series COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, as detailed on our COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Webpage
. Harvard University Health Services employees and other health care individuals are also required to be up to date on vaccination as described by the CDC. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Additional information regarding this requirement, exemptions, verification of vaccination status, and other related policies and resources may be found on the University's COVID-19 Information Website
Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
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, incredibly affordable classes directly 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.
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