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Title: Health Policy and Clinical Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Description: The Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe) and the Policy and Innovation eValuation in Orthopaedic Treatments (PIVOT) Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School are seeking a full-time Research Assistant to join our multidisciplinary health policy and clinical outcomes research team. As a Research Assistant, you will work on conducting health policy evaluations using computer simulation models of chronic diseases (osteoarthritis and HIV) and conducting clinical research with the Centers’ Principal Investigators and staff. You will also enroll study subjects, collect data, synthesize literature, assist with the coordination of multi-center clinical trials, and participate in writing sections of both manuscripts and grant proposals. The Center faculty are dedicated to mentoring Research Assistants as they plan careers in medicine, public health, and related disciplines.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Working with investigators to facilitate and conduct health policy and medical decision-making analyses using computer simulation models
  • Conducting literature reviews on relevant research topics
  • Summarizing data and generating reports; presenting findings at weekly and monthly meetings
  • Participating in model development, refinement, and debugging, including collaborating with the model developer
  • Assisting in the preparation of research documents, presentations, grant proposals, manuscripts, and journal articles
  • Corresponding with and preparing materials for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for protocol amendments, consent form changes, and annual reports
  • Conducting enrollment and follow-up telephone interviews of study participants
  • Scheduling and completing in-person study visits and performing musculoskeletal-based physical examinations and tests for clinical studies
  • Performing electronic medical record reviews
  • Performing data cleaning and organizing study data
  • Assisting with study coordination of multi-center clinical trials we manage. Tasks may include preparing for/performing site visits and training and certifying study staff in the collection of standardized data elements
  • Assisting with protocol development and the creation of related materials including standard operating procedures (SOPs), case report forms, and manuals of operations (MOOPs)
  • Assisting with the development of data systems
  • Attending and leading regularly scheduled project-specific and group-wide meetings
  • Performing administrative duties, such as preparing meeting agendas and taking minutes

Qualifications:

We value flexibility, initiative, and independence as well as interest in medicine, epidemiology, health policy, biostatistics, economics, mathematics, and/or computer programming. This position requires a bachelor’s degree, a strong quantitative background, and excellent communication skills (both written and oral). Some prior research experience is desired but not required.

We are seeking a good natured and highly motivated team player who gets along well with others from diverse intellectual and social backgrounds. OrACORe & PIVOT embrace diversity and are committed to building an equal opportunity team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in research and medicine are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit your resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter (addressed to Chloe Schulze) to the following web portal:  https://oracore.bwh.harvard.edu/careers-training/job-openings/research-assistant-application/. Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until this position is filled. We are looking for Research Assistants to start in either early 2023 (late January-February) or summer 2023. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their materials as soon as possible.

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