| The Prevention Policy Modeling Lab models the health impact, costs and cost-effectiveness of infectious disease treatment and prevention programs in the United States. Our work aims to inform U.S. health policy and guide public health decision-making at national, state and local levels. We work closely with collaborators in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the lab represents the collaborative work of distinguished teams of experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Yale School of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Brown University School of Public Health. The team includes Health Economists, Medical Doctors, Epidemiologists, Mathematical Modelers, Public Health Officials, Demographers, and Social Scientists.|
This Research Analyst will work closely with Professor Joshua Salomon, the PI for this research program, and a team of Faculty members and Research Scientists to develop epidemiology-based computer simulation models of diseases in human populations. The models will be related to tuberculosis, HIV, Hepatitis C, STIs and school health and will examine several targeted, high-risk populations. She/he will take primary responsibility for the development of 1-2 models and contribute to our wider portfolio of projects through regular participation in disease-based work groups. The models will be a mixture of deterministic structures and individual based stochastic models with spatial structure. Model development and parameter estimation will be conducted with guidance from CDC collaborators. The Research Analyst will have the opportunity to work closely with policy makers to ensure that the findings of our work are disseminated widely.
This role will require flexibility in the scope of duties and responsibilities required, and therefore, the responsibilities listed below should be considered indicative, not exhaustive.
Duties and Responsibilities:
-Conduct literature searches and summarize: the latest trends in the epidemiology of diseases of interest; modeling techniques commonly employed in the literature and the strengths/weaknesses of such techniques; standard of care, frequently used interventions, and research supporting new treatment or prevention opportunities.
-Work with researchers in the Prevention Policy Modeling Lab and at CDC to design, develop and code transmission models of STDs, Hepatitis C and/or TB.
-Work with the Research Assistant and Program Manager to identify and acquire best available data to parameterize the model.
-Optimize, test and debug model code and confirm program meets specifications.
-Write and maintain documentation to describe model development, structure, logic, coding, testing, changes and corrections/updates to facilitate communication among team members.
-Author and publish abstracts, poster presentations and research articles of the model and modeling results.
-Participate in weekly work group meetings.
-Other duties as needed.
PLEASE NOTE: This position is grant funded through 9/29/2017, with possibility for extension.
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!
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary