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

44824BRAuto req ID:44824BRJob Code:403113 Research Assistant II Non-Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant II Non-LabSub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:30-Jun-2019Salary Grade:053Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:Two or more years of relevant experience in global health writing and/or research and/or administration.Additional Qualifications:Bachelor's Degree preferred. Ability to work independently, think strategically, and provide recommendations on next steps. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in spoken and written form. Strong command of English grammar and syntax. Meticulous editing and proofreading skills. Detail-oriented and deadline-driven, able to multitask in a fast-paced environment to deliver accuracy and high quality. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Familiarity with global health literature; preferably some experience living/working in developing countries. Strong research skills, including an ability to find, critically analyze and synthesize information across multiple disciplines. Facility with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style and The Elements of Style. Strong analytical abilities and comfort working with a team. Proficiency in French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and/or Kinyarwanda a plus. Clinical knowledge or experience in a clinical setting a plus.Additional Information: This is a term position with a start date of June 1, 2018, and with an end date of June 30, 2019.Department:Global Health and Social MedicinePre-Employment Screening:Identity Schedule:40 hrs per week / M-F 8:30 - 5:30 pmJob Function:Research Duties & Responsibilities: The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of healthcare policies locally and worldwide. To maintain our leadership of the field, the Department must: underline our commitment to teaching and research in global health equity; maintain and enhance support for “effector arms,” with a focus on implementation and delivery; strengthen models of graduate and post-graduate training, including through global health and social medicine advanced degree programs, residencies, and fellowships; and coordinate efforts throughout Harvard to build a common agenda around global health equity.

The DGHSM is seeking a strong applicant for a research assistant position. The Research Assistant performs a variety of complex writing, research, and administrative duties to support a DGHSM faculty member. The Research Assistant must use good judgment and demonstrate the highest standard of writing and professional conduct while representing DGHSM faculty. The Research Assistant may accompany DGHSM faculty to events, classes, and other commitments. S/he assumes special responsibility for coordinating the faculty member’s correspondence and other written work. S/he helps to organize faculty member academic commitments and may prepare for and attend classes and lectures.

The Research Assistant is responsible for executing complex tasks without prescriptive or specific direction. S/he assumes project management duties as needed to oversee the completion of projects assigned by DGHSM faculty or others. Working both independently and in collaboration with others, the Research Assistant will be responsible for supporting and otherwise contributing to research products with a global health focus, including but not limited to: coordinating writing collaborations; preparing literature reviews and manuscripts for publication; and preparation (including background research, formatting, and editing) of journal articles, white papers, reviews, teaching materials, presentations, and general correspondence. The Research Assistant is responsible for establishing and meeting deadlines and uses independent judgment and discretion in facilitating communication among key players from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Partners In Health. Performs other related tasks as assigned.


• Independently and collaboratively write and edit journal articles, book chapters, op-eds, white papers, reviews, speeches, teaching notes, case studies, correspondence, and other original content as needed.

• Research and analyze global health information, using diverse sources, to write and edit materials.

• Prepare slides and other materials for lectures delivered by a faculty member.

• Accompany DGHSM faculty to classes, lectures, and other events as needed—locally, regionally, and internationally.

• With limited direction, maintain timely and professional follow-up with students, professors, and other colleagues following classes and events.

• Simplify and clarify complex medical and scientific information using clear and concise language.

• Identify content that requires supervisor approval and manage the review process.

• Ensure all written material meets the highest standards for clarity, accuracy, style, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and appropriateness.School/Unit:Harvard Medical School 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 or any other characteristic protected by law.