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

Auto req ID 42499BR

Business Title Research Assistant II Non-Lab

School/Unit Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Location USA - MA - Boston

Job Function Research

Time Status Full-time

Department Social and Behavioral Sciences

Salary Grade 053

Union 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Duties & Responsibilities The mission of the Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC) on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families, and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.

Since 1998, the HPRC has participated in drawing national attention to the need for replicable, effective strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity and prevent obesity through the use of a social-ecological perspective. Together with our community partners, the HPRC has launched groundbreaking research in a variety of sectors including schools, out of school programs, communities, clinical settings, and the policy arena. We disseminate tools and trainings within our partner communities and states, as well as nationally and internationally.

The majority of this position's time will be focused on the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES). CHOICES assesses the comparative-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of approximately 40 interventions aimed at reducing childhood obesity, including policy changes and interventions that have been identified as being effective, promising or prevalent. CHOICES’ methods include:

  • Working with researchers and key stakeholders to identify the most promising programs and policies for evaluation

  • Building a computer model of the US population and projecting Body Mass Index (BMI) changes, obesity rates, and health outcomes over time

  • Synthesizing scientific literature to estimate the likely effects of promising obesity prevention interventions on BMI and physical activity

  • Integrating information on the economic costs and health effects of interventions, utilizing a structured, transparent process

Under direction from the Project Manager, the Research Assistant performs a variety of non-laboratory research and clerical tasks. The Research Assistant will work as part of a team in compiling and analyzing results, although some tasks may be performed independently and/or without direct supervision in an on- or off-site location.

  1. Assists with data collection by helping to maintaining relevant databases, collecting and entering data, and updating data collection protocols as necessary with direction from the Project Manager and monitoring progress of data collection

  2. Coordinates systematic review process manual and software tracking system

  3. Instructs graduate students and temporary data collectors in literature review and data collection systems and protocols;

  4. Makes periodic reports of project status to supervisor or other research team personnel;

  5. Assists with documenting the expected impact of selected physical activity, nutrition and/or obesity prevention interventions on health through systematic literature reviews

  6. Performs administrative duties under project manager direction, including grant activity reporting;

  7. Assists project manager in planning and organizing project-related events and meetings;

  8. Assists project manager with organizing project partners, such as state and local health agency project teams;

  9. May process orders or invoices, or undertake other clerical and simple accounting duties under the direction of project manager and/or HPRC Deputy Director.

  10. Assists project manager in planning and implementing components of communications strategy

Please Note: This position requires that a writing sample be submitted as part of the application process.

Please Note: This position has a term appointment of June 30, 2018.

Basic Qualifications - 3+ years of related work experience; a combination of education and experience may be considered.

Please Note: Candidates must provide a writing sample.

Additional Qualifications - Master's degree in public health or related field preferred.

  • Experience with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, literature review databases.

  • Excellent organization skills, strong analytical abilities and detail-oriented. Experience conducting research related to physical activity and nutrition strongly preferred. Experience working with diverse stakeholders, including public health researchers and public health practitioners. Demonstrated knowledge of research populations and/or techniques is required. Knowledge of various research methods, study design and statistical techniques preferred. Strong written and verbal communication.

    Additional Information 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 Harvard Chan School to support our mission of health research & education and be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

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Appointment End Date 30-Jun-2018

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.