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

52738BRAuto req ID:52738BRJob Code:403117 Research Assistant III Non-Lab Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Research Assistant III Non-Lab (Research Project Coordinator)Sub-Unit:------------ Appointment End Date:30-Sep-2021Salary Grade:054Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:

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

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree is strongly preferred

  • Experience in data collection and analysis preferred

  • Experience with high level project coordination preferred, especially creation of workflows and processes

  • Prior experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator or related experience is a plus

  • Experience with all Microsoft applications, knowledge of spreadsheets and/or statistical software, preferred

  • Experience with Statistical software and graphics is a strong plus

  • Interacts in a professional manner with faculty, staff, and students of all levels preferred

  • Outstanding interpersonal/communication skills in dealing with people from various backgrounds preferred

  • Effectively works independently and under pressure on a variety of projects preferred

  • Meets deadlines, uses initiative/judgment, maintains confidentiality and tact/discretion preferred

  • Operates with strong attention to detail/accuracy preferred

  • Must be willing to learn new software programs and applications preferred

  • Excellent organizational skills with prioritizes work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests 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.

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:Environmental Health - Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk ProgramPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentityJob Function:Research Job-Specific Responsibilities:The incumbent will work closely with the PI to oversee the implementation of an NIH-funded research study.

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

  • Developing and ensuring adherence to project timelines; anticipating and resolving problems and updating supervisor on status of projects

  • Serving as the principal contact for all aspects of faculty member’s busy research environment with multiple national and international collaborators

  • Communicating with subcontractors here and abroad in regard to research protocols, human subject committee documentation, and management of authorized translations; also managing all vendor relationships

  • Serving as a liaison for human subject IRB approval (applications, renewals, and amendments)

  • Working with the faculty member on the daily operation of data entry, maintenance, cleaning, and overall database management, ensuring high quality data acquisition, entry, and reporting

  • Conducting technical reviews of the statistical programs prior to manuscript submissions

  • Abstracting, maintaining and updating clinical data

  • Coordinating the recruitment of study participants, and the study participant compensation plan, including keeping track of all follow-up plans

  • Ordering study supplies and prepare sample collection kits (blood, semen, urine)

  • Assisting in study promotion and communications, including developing a monthly newsletter

  • Drafting of reports to funding agencies and scientific manuscripts

  • Attending research study meetings and required educational programs as needed

  • Contributes to report narratives, research papers, publications and presentations (with the opportunity of authorship)

  • Performing other duties as assigned  

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of September 30, 2021, with the possibility for extension.

PLEASE NOTE: Once normal operations resume, this position may require local travel, and partial hours working at the MGH site.

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.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:The Department of Environmental Health (EH) believes that the essence of public health is the primary prevention of disease. EH’s mission is to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the health of all people through global leadership in research and training in environmental health.

This recruitment is for the Scientific Early Life Environmental Health and Development (SEED) Program. The SEED Program team works to understand how the environment impacts reproductive health from the very earliest stages of life – starting from the formation of gametes and embryos – to the birth of infants and throughout childhood. The goal is to generate impactful science on the role of the environment on early life health and development across the reproductive life course. The mission is to use cutting-edge evidence to inform clinical practice, translate science into policy action, and implement prevention strategies to improve the health of mothers, fathers, and their children. To learn more about Dr. Carmen Messerlian and the SEED Program, please visit these websites:

  • https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/carmen-messerlian/

  • https://carmenmesserlian.weebly.com/uploads/5/4/3/9/54399069/seed_program.pdf

The SEED Program seeks a talented and motivated Research Project Coordinator who will provide research, administrative, and technical support to the PI. The successful candidate will be engaged in a highly active research milieu and will play a key role in the project coordination and oversight of epidemiological and clinical studies. The candidate will be responsible for implementing study procedures, developing and maintaining project timelines, preparing and managing IRB approvals, and communicating with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders.

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