The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) is a University-wide, interdisciplinary center whose mission is to improve well-being around the world by better understanding the interaction of demographic change with social and economic development. Our goal is to produce population-based evidence that will better inform policies needed to create healthy and vital societies.
The HCPDS has an immediate opening for a fulltime Research Assistant (RA) to support its NIH-funded study, Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI). The goal of this research project is to study the drivers and consequences of HIV and non-communicable diseases (including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairments) in an aging population in South Africa. HAALSI consists of five main projects: cognition and dementia; cardiometabolic disease; HIV and treatment, public policies & health; and multimorbidity. Each project uses the same household survey and assessment tools to draw on collective information.
Under minimal supervision, the RA performs a wide range of research procedures and conducts complex support tasks for HAALSI's individual studies and cross-study efforts. The position will require high level of attention to detail in data management, strong communication skills, and multitasking and prioritization. The RA must work independently as well as within a team.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Serve as a source of information or reference on specific research techniques, and trains others in technical procedures or operations
Process (receiving data collected electronically), organize (merging and creating analytic data sets), summarize (summary statistics using Stata or similar software), and analyze data (basic regression analysis using Stata or similar software). Able to report experiment results in a publishable format using a variety of scientific, word processing, spreadsheet or statistical software applications or program platforms
Communicate and collaborate with affiliated research personnel at other locations or institutions
Maintain databases, conduct software needs assessment, or perform other technological resource management and oversight
Prepare HAALSI datasets for archiving, based on protocols for public/restricted access; liaison with IQSS and Dataverse; prepare codebooks for release; manage restricted access requests
Collate, organize, draft and/or edit material for the preparation of research papers, manuscripts, progress reports, articles or other documents for publication and/or presentation with the view to being a co-author on such papers
Participate in the design of experiments or field work, and possibly training others in electronic data collection
Work with project team and the HCPDS compliance coordinator on data security, IRB, and data use agreements
Assist in assessment or judgment of data validity
Willingness to learn new software programs to adapt to the needs of the HCPDS
Participate in grant proposal preparation
Provide administrative project support by way of coordinating team meetings, organizing travel, and maintain files
Research and data management assistance may be required on other HCPDS projects as assigned
Performs other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates may be required to take a data skills assessment as well as submit a writing sample. PLEASE NOTE: The position is based in Cambridge, MA. PLEASE NOTE: The start date will begin on/around June 1, 2019. PLEASE NOTE: This position has a one year term appointment from date of hire with possibility of renewal. PLEASE NOTE: Travel to South Africa at least two times per year of about 2 weeks in duration for each trip, will be required.
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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.
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Salary Grade: 055
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4+ years of related experience required, with 2+ years of experience with STATA, SAS,R or a related statistical software; a combination of education and experience may be considered
PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates may be required to take a data skills assessment as well as submit a writing sample.
Bachelor's Degree is strongly preferred
Master's degree in global public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, or related field strongly preferred
Experience with STATA is strongly preferred - however R, SAS and/or other softwares will be considered as well
International work/travel experience preferred
Experience in working with complex longitudinal data sets such as HRS, SHARE, and related international sister studies or experience working on NIH studies preferred
Experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol preparation preferred
Experience with research project management preferred
Excellent verbal and written communication skills preferred
Culturally sensitive with excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate team-based work and interaction with research participants preferred
Demonstrated superb organizational and time management skills preferred
Works well independently and take initiative preferred
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.
Internal Number: 48974BR
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