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Title: Health Policy 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 disease, including HIV and osteoarthritis, and depending on the mix of projects over the coming year, you may also enroll study subjects and collect data. The Center faculty are dedicated to mentoring Research Assistants as they plan careers in medicine, public health, applied math, and related disciplines. 

Responsibilities may 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/or follow-up telephone interviews of study participants
  • Performing electronic medical record reviews
  • Performing data cleaning and organizing study data


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, cover letter, and unofficial transcript to the following web portal: Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until this position is filled. We strongly suggest that applicants submit their materials as soon as possible.


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