The Research Assistant II (RA) will support one faculty member coordinating and carrying out research projects, focused on data programming and statistical analysis, while also contributing to reviewing the literature, drafting material for manuscripts, and overall project related tasks.
The most important work of the Research Assistant will be to use statistical software to analyze large datasets, including insurance claims datasets. This work will involve examining and cleaning datasets, merging and organizing data files, creating datasets that can be analyzed, and using statistical methods (under faculty supervision) to analyze the datasets. A background in statistical programming is required (STATA necessary, both STATA and SAS encouraged). A conceptual and working understanding of economics and econometrics is strongly encouraged. The Research Assistant will also be expected to have strong analytic skills to interpret findings of the data analyses, think through limitations of the data analyses, and design sensitivity analyses to test the robustness of findings.
The Research Assistant will also contribute to the development of manuscripts and presentations. This will include conducting literature reviews, drafting portions of manuscripts related to the data analysis, and creating presentation slides with findings from the analyses. The Research Assistant will participate in team meetings and be expected to work in a collaborative and supportive manner with other members of the research team. Relatedly, the Research Assistant will help support the faculty member with project related tasks, such as IRB applications and data compliance tasks.
This is a grant-funded position for one year with the possibility of renewal.
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.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Two or more years related work experience (relevant course work may count towards experience). Previous experience using statistical techniques/software required, preferably STATA.
Bachelors degree preferably 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). Must demonstrate interest, experience, or background in the area of health policy 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, in particular STATA. Competency with LaTeX preferred. Must learn other software as needed. Independent judgment, patience, and excellent communication skills are required to respond efficiently to varied/complex tasks. Organizational skills and attention to detail are required. 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.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.