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Harvard University Research Assistant II Non-Lab, Delivery Decisions Initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts

53952BRAuto req ID:53952BRJob Code:403113 Research Assistant II Non-Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant II Non-Lab, Delivery Decisions InitiativeSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :053Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

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

    PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample. Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, ideally in a related field of research study or public health, preferred

  • Experience working in a clinical/health care environment is a plus

  • Familiarity with the Google information environment (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, etc.) preferred

  • Experience with statistics and quantitative or qualitative public health research methods preferred

  • Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation preferred

  • Experience with literature searches and/or scientific writing preferred

  • Strong critical appraisal skills preferred

  • Experience and comfort in effectively presenting ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range of audiences, including senior leaders and senior clinicians preferred

  • Interest in clinical research focused on improving care and reducing suffering preferred

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills preferred

  • Experience prioritizing issues and use sound judgment to recognize when additional consultation and/or help is needed preferred

  • Exceptional organizational skills preferred

Additional Information:

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review (O&R) period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.

  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship for administrative and staff positions.


The Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – including fostering respect for all, serving the greater good, and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. To learn more about the Chan School’s mission, objectives, and core values, please visit our website here (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/orientation/harvard-chan-core-values/) .

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 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 complimentary health services.

    Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts 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!

    Department:Ariadne LabsPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentityJob Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support the development of a regional effectiveness trial for TeamBirth, including background research for region selection, planning for data collection and implementation, and ongoing coordination with implementation partners and test sites

  • Assist with the operations of a TeamBirth community of practice, including maintaining program materials on the Aria website and monitoring requests and questions from community members

  • Assist in quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of results for the TeamBirth and Nurse Impact projects

  • Conduct reviews of peer-reviewed and gray literature and synthesize findings on topics relevant to DDI projects, including dignity, teamwork, communication, and quality measurement

  • Participate in dissemination work including scientific writing of manuscripts, reports, abstracts, and development of project-related presentations, including the possibility of co-authorship on scientific papers

  • Support with administrative tasks for ongoing program operations, including scheduling, note taking, grant writing, and other activities as identified

  • Support applications for ethical approvals including research protocol, study instruments and modifications

  • Assist in the development and adaptation of project plans, timelines, and deliverables

  • Provide other support to the DDI projects as identified by the Associate Director

    PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of one year from the date of hire, with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit a writing sample.

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, Massachusetts. Until our return to campus, which is still to-be-determined, 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 once the School and this role return to an operational status that supports it, which is currently anticipated to be by August 2, 2021. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary: Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Our goal is to drive scalable solutions for better care at critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. Better care means better health outcomes, lower costs, and more actual caring. Critical means solving health systems failures that have major impact, typically touching people by the millions. Ariadne Labs currently has research programs in the areas of childbirth, surgery, palliative care, and primary health care.

The vision of the Delivery Decisions Initiative (DDI) at Ariadne Labs is a world in which every person can choose to start or grow their family with dignity. During the universally vulnerable period in people’s lives that spans pregnancy to parenthood, families deserve care that is safe, supportive and empowering. We draw from a broad range of expertise to bring systems thinking to this challenge.

Under the supervision of the Associate Director, the Research Assistant will help support the Team Birth Project and Nurse Impact. TeamBirth is a care process innovation that is designed to improve childbirth outcomes in any setting by ensuring families, birth attendants, and clinicians are working together as high performing teams. We are currently implementing and performing research in several geographies in the United States. The Nursing Influence Project is a new line of research, development and implementation focused on attributing cesarean delivery rates to individual nurses and learning how to use these data for improvement.

The DDI team currently includes the Program Director, Associate Directors, Associate Faculty, Design Lead, Research Manager, Research Assistants, Project Coordinator(s), post-doctoral fellows, and both graduate and undergraduate students. We additionally collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders across the world. We anticipate significant growth over the next three years in terms of the scale of our product deployment, the scope of our market priming activity, and our internal capacity needs.

A successful candidate must possess strong analytical and organizational skills, strong time management skills, capacity to proactively identify and improve projects and processes, and experience working both in a team and independently. They must demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and in writing, and strong interpersonal skills – including experience interacting effectively with colleagues and partners at all levels (including research and clinical professionals).

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