The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. The DGHSM is at the forefront of global health. To maintain our leadership of the field, the Department must: underline our commitment to teaching and research in global health equity; maintain and enhance support for "effector arms," with a focus on implementation and delivery; strengthen models of graduate and post-graduate training, including through global health and social medicine advanced degree programs, residencies, and fellowships; and coordinate efforts throughout Harvard to build a common agenda around global health equity.
The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), based in the DGHSM, aims to strengthen surgical systems through implementation science, research, advocacy, and training leaders in academic global surgery. The PGSSC works in the areas of research, advocacy, and international health policy to improve surgical care delivery in low-resource settings around the world.
The DGHSM is seeking two strong applicants for the position of Research Assistant for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. The Research Assistant reports directly to the PGSSC Director of Research and is a member of the PGSSC team. This person will work closely with other individuals within the Program and Harvard Medical School as well as with global surgery colleagues at the GE Foundation in the establishment, monitoring, and evaluation of their Safe Surgery 2020 initiative (http://safesurgery2020.org/). This person will also work closely with researchers, medical students, and clinicians to improve access and quality of surgical care in low- and middle-income countries. Travel to partner sites in low- and middle-income countries is expected.
The Research Assistant:
Will design and participate in the assessment of surgical systems in low- and middle-income countries. This will include hospital assessments, semi-structured interviews, and the analysis and interpretation of the results.
Must be able to use statistical software to work with data sets. This work will involve the development of data files that can be analyzed (i.e. 'cleaning the data') as well using statistical analysis to analyze the data.
Must have strong critical thinking and writing skills to allow for drafting of manuscripts based on the analyses.
Assist in literature reviews as needed and in the preparation and revision of manuscripts for publication.
Compile IRB application materials, submitting initial protocols and amendments
May lead and direct the work of designated support staff in-country.
Perform literature reviews, retrieve scientific articles from the library and perform web research as needed.
Act as a liaison between the PGSSC and the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative.
Independently interact with outside constituencies in Boston and in project countries.
Participate in calls, meetings, conferences, and seminars.
Must be available for international travel. Trips ranging from 4-12 weeks.
Please note this position is a 12 month term appointment from the date of hire. Possibility of renewal based on funding.
This is a grant-funded position for 12 months from the date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's Degree in Public Health or related field of study. Three years' research experience required. Experience with data analysis and research. Must have working knowledge of either R or Stata. Master's Degree may count toward experience.
Master's Degree in Public Health preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Superb organizational skills, the ability to multi-task, and innovation to problem-solve. Proven time management efficiency, and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with others. Excellent interpersonal skills in-person, via email, and telephone, and cultural sensitivity. Prior experience in a research setting. Training in public health, health policy, and/or international relations.
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. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge. For students who are excited to investigate the biggest issues of the 21st century, Harvard offers an unparalleled student experience and a gen...erous financial aid program, with over $160 million awarded to more than 60% of our undergraduate students. The 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. 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.