Research Assistant III Non-Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7084432

Posted: September 1, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The Research Assistant will assist with and help coordinate the daily operations of Dr. Layton's research projects. Dr. Layton is a health economist and his projects relate to the economics of health insurance markets with a specific focus on the economics of the Medicaid program. The most important task of the Research Assistant will be to use statistical software to work with large data sets, including insurance claims datasets. This work will involve the development of data files that can be analyzed (i.e. 'cleaning the data') as well using statistical analysis (under the supervision of the PI) to analyze the data. A background in statistical programming (competency in both STATA and SAS, but especially STATA is preferred) and a basic understanding of economics/econometrics is strongly encouraged. The RA will also be expected to have strong writing skills to allow for drafting of manuscripts based on the analyses. The RA will also support development of grant applications and preparing presentations. The RA will participate in team meetings and (as needed) take minutes of meetings for distribution to the team. They will assist in literature reviews as needed and in the preparation and revision of manuscripts for publication. They will assist with IRB renewals and applications and will also assist with other projects as needed. This is a 2-3 year position.

Basic Qualifications

Two or more years related research experience. Applicant should have proficiency in using statistical software packages such as STATA. Higher education may count towards experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

BA or BS preferred in the field of specific research study, with a preference for coursework in a social science field (economics, statistics, or sociology with a quantitative focus). Should demonstrate interest, experience, or background in the areas of public economics/public finance or health insurance and /or health services organization, financing and delivery. Must be proficient with most computer software including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Must have working knowledge of statistical software such as STATA and/or SAS. Competency with LaTeX preferred.Must learn other software as needed. Independent judgement, patience and excellent communication skills are required to respond efficiently to varied/complex tasks. Organization and attention to detail is a must. Flexibility and an ability to work with a team are essential. Must be able to maintain a calm and cooperative attitude during periods of increased staff activity.

Additional Information

This is a 12-month term position from date of hire with possibility of extension, contingent upon work performance and continued funding to support the position.

This Staff role is starting as a remote position due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while the Massachusetts COVID-19 state of emergency restrictions are still in place. The current remote nature of this role is considered temporary and may change as the University continues to evaluate options. While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines, local on-campus work may be expected for some roles. Harvard Medical School does support flexible schedules, subject to individual departments’ business needs.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 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, incredibly affordable classes directly 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 complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.


Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.


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