Research Assistant - Harvard Kennedy School

  • United States of America
  • Some post-secondary education
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Other advanced degree
  • Honours
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Less than one year

Overview: Harvard Law School Professor Crystal Yang and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Marcella Alsan are seeking additional help from a dedicated individual to assist with the ramp-up and rollout of a randomized trial on health care in jails as a temporary research assistant (RA).

Background Information on Trial:

Jails admit nearly 11 million individuals each year, including a high number of people with mental illnesses, infectious diseases, and chronic diseases. Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Estelle v. Gamble (1976), federal and state correctional systems (including prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities) have been constitutionally mandated to provide “reasonably adequate” health care to the incarcerated population. Yet, unlike health care systems that provide services to the non-incarcerated population, there is no mandated accreditation for the health care provided in these facilities. In this study we plan to rigorously investigate the effects of health care accreditation of jails by randomizing the offer of accreditation via the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to 40 medium-sized jails.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would have interest in inequality in the health care and/or criminal justice system. They would be extremely organized, with excellent communication skills as well as skills navigating PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Coding familiarity in R, Stata and/or Python is helpful but NOT required for this position.

Responsibilities: The main task the RA would help with is enrollment meetings for recruited facilities. This includes scheduling meetings, meeting virtually with interested facilities along with the project coordinator, taking notes during meetings and helping with follow-up and outreach. However, they would also be asked to assist with other tasks and help out as needed with additional recruitment, data monitoring, IRB and financial aspects of the study, for example.

Compensation: The project is funded and payment is $25 per hour. The task timeline is 90 days with options to renew. Full-time assistance is preferred though open to discussion. Full-time assistance is preferred though open to discussion. Applicants can work remotely and live anywhere in the U.S. but must be able to work on Central Standard Time. Some employees have been able to receive practicum credit for this position (this is done on a case-by-case basis and is coordinated by the research assistant). 

How to Apply

To Apply: Please send a statement of interest (in which you specifically address why you are interested in this position), CV and 2-3 references to the study’s Research Associate, Tasfia Jahangir, at [email protected] – subject line: NCCHC RA