Research Assistant - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard University
  • United States of America
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Two years

Job Summary

Professor Margaret McConnell, Associate Professor of Global Health Economics in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Global Health and Population, is seeking a Research Assistant to support an evaluation of the Nurse-Family Partnership program and to support the development of new research partnerships in the areas of maternal and child health.

Responsibilities include project planning, ensuring study protocol is followed, supporting grant writing and budget reporting, assisting with literature reviews and institutional review board applications, communicating with research partners about data requests and analysis, and the preparation of academic papers and presentations. This position offers an opportunity to gain experience in analyzing a randomized evaluation and developing relationships with policymakers and practitioners.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organize study team meetingsCoordinate administrative data requests, data use agreements, IRB protocols, and other compliance documents
  • Establish processes for obtaining new datasets and lead efforts in establishing relationships with data providers
  • Monitor the progress of research activities, develop project plans and timelines, and assist in the development of reports and memosIdentify potential funding sources and develop concept notes and proposals for funders
  • Share data analysis plans with policymakers and researchers through in-person meetings, memos, and phone calls
  • Coordinate efforts of research associates, principal investigators, research partners, and other stakeholdersDraft and review presentations to stakeholders to share study results
  • Perform literature reviews and conduct exploratory analysis
  • Perform other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of two years from the date of hire, with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined but anticipated to begin as soon as August/September 2021 (or later into the fall), this interview process and position will be conducted virtually – including virtual interviews, remote onboarding, and remote work. The remote nature of this position is only temporary. Local, on-campus work will be required as a condition of continued employment once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it.

Basic Qualifications

  • 2+ years of related experience required; a combination of education and experience may be considered

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred: Bachelor's or Master's degree

  • Prior experience in assisting with research projectsQuantitative research background, including experience with Stata and R
  • Strong written and verbal communication skillsExperience and comfortability with working independently, as well as with working on projects with large teams
  • Experience writing and/or working with grants
  • Experience with administrative data acquisition
  • Some background in economics and randomized evaluations
  • The following cultural competencies are also preferred:Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Additional Information

At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.---Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage.